Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration (M.A.)

Coordinator: Matthew Shurts
Office: University Hall, Room 3230
Phone Number: (973) 655-7190

Counselors work in multiple community based settings, including clinical mental health facilities, hospitals, community service agencies and private practice. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program provides the necessary coursework to prepare counselors to work in these settings with a diverse population. Our graduates work in the settings listed above and with special issues including family and couples work, eating disorders, mental health transition, and other related issues of developmental challenges. 

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is CACREP accredited as a Community Counseling program under the 2001 standards (  The faculty intend to submit application in the 2014-2015 academic year for the program to be accredited under the 2009 standards under CACREP's transition policy.  CACREP accreditation for  Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs is critical for graduates to have eligibility to work as counselors in the Veterans Administration through Tricare.

Courses in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program meet the academic requirements for initial counselor licensure (Licensed Associate Counselor, LAC) and eventually towards an independent license (Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC).  Faculty assist students with the application for licensure upon completion of the degree (  The program consists of 60 credit hours, including 3 semesters of fieldwork.  Full-time and part-time study are available for students, with most courses offered in the evenings and other arrangements to accommodate work schedules.  Please note that students must have flexibility to complete fieldwork experiences at an approved site during the latter portion of their time in the program.  Full-time students can generally complete the 60 credit hour program in 2 1/2 to 3 calendar years.  Many core courses are offered in the summer session to facilitate timely completion of the degree.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
COUN 531Counseling Across the Life Span3
COUN 552Introduction to Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling3
COUN 577Counseling Theories3
COUN 579Appraisal of the Individual3
COUN 582Career Counseling3
COUN 584Group Counseling: Theory and Practice3
COUN 588Counseling Techniques3
COUN 595Multicultural Counseling and Development3
EDFD 503Methods of Research3
COUN 624Counseling Practicum3
Concentration Requirements and Electives
COUN 540Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling3
COUN 604Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis3
COUN 605Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
COUN 652Introduction to Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling3
COUN 666Advanced Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling3
COUN 668Supervision, Consultation and Leadership3
Select two of the following:6
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Theories of Consultation
Treatment in the Context of the Family
Counseling Adults
Strategies in Gerontological Counseling
Selected Topics in Counseling
Ecotherapy: Applied Ecopsychology
Counseling the Adoption Triad
Counseling Older Adults
Gender Issues in Counseling
COUN 654Internship in Counseling I3
COUN 674Internship in Counseling II3
Comprehensive Examination
In the term that you sit for exam, register for the section which matches your major and advisor. Successfully pass the exam.
GRAD CMPComprehensive Examination0
Total Credits60