MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
Be prepared for a career as a licensed professional counselor, where you are able to empower individuals, families, and groups to accomplish their mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.
You’ll engage in classroom learning rich in practical and theoretical knowledge, and clinical training. Plus, you have the opportunity to apply clinical skills in practice under close supervision by licensed faculty supervisors.
You can begin applying for Fall 2022 today. Both full-time and part-time pathway options available!
Several factors set this 60-credit hour counseling program apart from other clinical training programs. The program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor and prepares you for a career as a Licensed Professional Counselor. As a graduate student, you have the opportunity to:
- Develop knowledge, skills, and awareness for a future career as a clinical mental health counselor.
- Receive clinical supervision, mentorship, and advising from licensed faculty and supervisors.
- Collaborate with faculty in determining practicum and internship placements that meet your clinical training needs and match your career interests.
- Develop collaborative relationships with peers and faculty members through either a full-time or part-time program of study.
- Collaborate with faculty members conducting research.
FIND OUT MORE
Join us for a one hour information session to meet with a faculty member and find out more about application requirements, program schedule, licensure, and accreditation.
WED | OCT 6 | 5 PM | Dr. Ann Friesema | Student Center Hickory Room
WED | OCT 20 | 5 PM | Dr. Aaron Carlstrom | TBD
WED | NOV 17 | 5 PM | Dr. Ann Friesema | Student Center Poplar Room
THU | DED 9 | 5 PM | Dr. Aaron Carlstrom | Student Center Poplar Room
We encourage you to register for sessions.
USEFUL RESOURCES FOR YOUR VISIT
The CMHC program is accredited through the University by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and meets requirements for licensure in the profession.
The CMHC program consists of coursework that aligns with the standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, and licensure requirements for the state of Wisconsin. The program plans to seek CACREP accreditation when eligible for consideration.
The CMHC program is an approved educational program in professional counseling for licensure in Wisconsin
Careers after Parkside
The need for clinical mental health counselors continues to increase in the region and state. With the development of mental health parity laws, more people are accessing health insurance and mental health services. The demand for highly trained counselors, offering evidence-based interventions in mental health treatment settings, exists in clinics, agencies, integrative care settings, and private practice. Students will develop skills critical to effective clinical mental health counseling such as: assessment, diagnosis, intervention, advocacy, and program evaluation.
A CMHC MS degree can lead to work as a professional counselor working with a range of populations (children and families, adults, couples, and groups) in a variety of settings including
• Mental Health outpatient care
• Integrative Care Settings
• Private Practice
Dr. Brawner began her career as a mental health therapist working in residential, school, and outpatient environments; and spent eight years working as a college counselor and administrator at Northern Virginia Community College. At the community college level, Dr. Brawner worked as a disability counselor, transfer and general advisor, personal and crisis counselor, teaching faculty member, and coordinator for programs designed to improve the retention of community college students. Prior to joining the faculty at UWP Dr. Brawner taught both masters and doctoral level counseling courses at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, DC campus and served as a department chair. Dr. Brawner is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and has served as a co-chair of the ACA presidential targeted task force on LGBT individuals for the young adult age group. Dr. Brawner has been a member of the ACA Research & Knowledge committee, and a past chair of the Diversity and Inclusion committee for the ACA American College Counseling Association (ACCA).
The courses I teach are in the areas of counseling and clinical psychology, at both the graduate and undergraduate level, including courses in counseling theories, assessment, career counseling, and abnormal psychology.
My research interests are in vocational psychology and career development, with a focus on the connection between work, career development and mental health, and the evaluation of career development interventions.
Prior to joining UW-Parkside, I was at Kansas State University as a psychotherapist in the University Counseling Center, and an Assistant/Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs. I received a B.A. in psychology from Marquette University, and a M.S. in Educational Psychology-Community Counseling and Ph.D. in Urban Education-Counseling Psychology (APA Accredited) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.