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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) exposes students to in-depth training—featuring three semesters of fieldwork experience—and evidence-based teaching to prepare students for today’s mental health challenges and to become leaders in the field.

The graduate program meets the current academic requirements of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for the licenses of Professional Counselor (PC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC). The degree also meets the academic requirements for the National Counselor Certification (NCC) of the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Students have the option to focus their studies on Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) or Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Counseling. SUD Counseling students are eligible for Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counseling (LICDC), without requiring a state exam.

The 60-credit-hour program can be completed in as little as two years through a combination of face-to-face,
hybrid, and online courses. Early in the program, classes are primarily on campus, enabling students to build
community and work closely with faculty. Later in the program, as students dedicate themselves to significant
work at their internship sites, some classes are held online to ease scheduling and balancing personal
commitments. Our diverse student community is composed of both full- and part-time students, allowing you
to progress through the program at your own pace. Students interested in a fully online program may enroll in
John Carroll’s Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree and transcripts from an accredited institution.
  • A written statement of purpose indicating personal interests, goals, and expectations from the degree program.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Current resume.
  • Interview.
  • No GRE required.

Upon completion of this CACREP-accredited master’s program, you’ll have completed the academic
requirements for an initial license as a Licensed Professional Counselor or Mental Health Counselor. Typically
after a period of supervised work post-graduation, you’ll be independently licensed and able to diagnose and
treat mental and emotional disorders without supervision. Depending on the state where you will practice as
a counselor, there may be additional post-graduation requirements you need to fulfill. John Carroll staff are
available to support students from enrollment to graduation to licensure.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Highlights

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Curriculum

Core sequence (30 credit hours)
Orientation to Counseling: CG 500
Human Growth and Development: CG 505
Research Methods for Mental Health Professionals: CG 509
Addiction Knowledge: CG 514
Tests and Measurements: CG 530
Career Development and Vocational Appraisal: CG 531
Group Procedures: CG 535
Counseling Theories: CG 561
Counseling Techniques and Practice: CG 562
Diversity Issues in Counseling: CG 563
 

Clinical sequence (12 credit hours)
Clinical Evaluation: CG 571
Clinical Diagnosis: CG 572
Clinical Intervention, Prevention, and Ethics: CG 573
Clinical Treatment Methods: CG 574

Field experience sequence (9 credit hours)
Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: CG 592
Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: CG 596
Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: CG 596


Electives (9 credit hours)
Possible electives include: Counseling Children and Adolescents,
Expressive Arts in Counseling, Trauma-informed Counseling,
Grief Counseling, Play Therapy, Family and Relationship
Counseling*, Substance Use Treatment Knowledge*, and
Substance Use Service Coordination*

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Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Concentration*

Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Concentration

Students within the CMHC program can complete the SUD concentration via three electives. Once complete, graduates are eligible for a second license—Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counseling (LICDC)—which is highly desired by employers. JCU is the only program in the state of Ohio that has worked with the state licensing board in designing the curriculum so that students can skip the exam for the LICDC license.

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Career Outlook

JCU graduate students begin working as counselors immediately upon graduation and it’s typical to be hired by their internship sites prior to graduation. In fact, in 2018-2019, 97% of graduates were employed as counselors within six months of graduation.

Given the rise of the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, Substance Use Disorders Counseling (SUDC) is a growing field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 19% growth in employment for Ohio substance use and behavioral disorder counselors from 2014-2024. This makes the LCDC and LICDC credentials highly valued by employers.

Finally, PCCs will have the ability to maintain a private practice or supervise other counselors.

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Experience Opportunities

Fieldwork starts in the first semester with a unique practicum lab at Moore Counseling and Mediation Services (MCMS), one of the preeminent behavioral health treatment centers in northeast Ohio. At MCMS, students will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Group Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Assessments/Screenings
  • Dual Diagnosing Services (Mental Health and AOD)
  • Clinic/Medical Care
  • Medicated Assisted Treatment
  • Women-Specific Care (Women’s Center)
  • Men-Specific Care (HEAT Program)
  • Employee Assistant Programming
  • Case Management Services
  • Specialized Dockets/Court-Ordered Clients (Vets, Human Trafficking, Mental Health, Drug Court)
  • Educational Services (Domestic Violence, Parenting, Anger Management)

Plus, John Carroll’s reputation and established connections with more than 80 top employers within the community means students will be connected to coveted internships and jobs.