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Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This new graduate program, in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC), prepares you for a career as a licensed professional counselor in the state of Wisconsin. As a professional counselor, you can empower “diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals” (ACA task force 20/20).

The CMHC program offers a robust curriculum, rich in practical and theoretical knowledge. You’ll engage in classroom learning and clinical training throughout this 2 ½ year program. Plus, you have the opportunity to apply clinical skills in practice under close supervision by licensed faculty supervisors.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

Several factors set this 60-credit hour counseling program apart from other clinical training programs. The program meets the educational requirements for the professional counselor-training license 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.
  • Enter the program through a cohort model of admission. This offers students an opportunity to develop collaborative relationships and community with peers and faculty members.
  • Collaborate with faculty members conducting research.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a graduate degree program designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree. The admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Application
  • Application fee
  • All undergraduate transcripts

Applicants are required to have a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate course work in the social sciences or related areas, and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. No graduate exam scores will be required.  Students who do not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA requirement may submit GRE or MAT scores for consideration.

Real Opportunities

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.

Accreditation

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 program is accredited through the University by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and meets requirements for licensure in the profession.

Amazing Results

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
•    Hospitals
•    Clinics
•    Agencies
•    Integrative Care Settings
•    Private Practice

 

Contact Information

Contact Info

Dr. Bryan Lewis, Ph.D. 
Interim Associate Dean, College of Natural and Health Sciences 
Phone: 262-595-2327
Email: lewisb@uwp.edu

Faculty Members

Dr. Aaron Carlstrom, Licensed Psychologist
Email: Carlstro@uwp.edu

Dr. Ann Friesema, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor
Email: Friesema@uwp.edu

900 Wood Road · P.O. Box 2000 · Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 P 262-595-2345

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