Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Option, M.S.


Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation

Master of Science Degree Requirements
Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Option

The Option in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is a 60-unit program designed for individuals seeking advanced preparation for careers in mental health settings. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling option prepares future mental health counselors who effectively and compassionately serve the mental health needs of diverse individuals across a lifespan. 

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling option provides education and training to provide mental health services to individuals in individual and group environments. Preparation for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling option requires knowledge organized around core foundation courses, interpersonal growth experiences, diversity competence, advanced content and practice courses, and an intensive field experience placement. The CMHC option prepares individuals to become a licensed professional counselor.

Program Requirements
Under the direction of a graduate advisor, each student develops and submits an individually designed program within the following framework: 

Core requirements (36 units)
COUN 200, COUN 201, COUN 202, COUN 203, COUN 206, COUN 220, COUN 232, COUN 270, COUN 272, ERE 220, REHAB 201, REHAB 265

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Option (21 units)
REHAB 211, REHAB 238, REHAB 239, REHAB 245, REHAB 250, COUN 230

Culminating Experience
Choose between (a) the comprehensive exam plus 3 units of electives approved by adviser,(b) REHAB 298 Project [3 units], or (c) REHAB 299 Thesis [3 units].

Total (60 units)

Note: (1) REHAB 201, REHAB 204 or REHAB 245, REHAB 237, and REHAB 238 must be completed with a grade of B or better. (2) Students meet the Graduate Writing Requirement by passing the writing component of REHAB 237 or COUN 206 or REHAB 238. Please refer to the program's Student Manual for additional information. 

In order to graduate, the student must complete the graduate writing requirement, one clinical reviews, and all other specific degree requirements. In addition, the student must complete one of the following: (1) the comprehensive exam (may be met by passing the National Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam), (2) Project, or (3) Thesis. Students may take the comprehensive examination a total of three (3) times before being recommended for dismissal from the program.

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