Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60 hour program designed to prepare professionals to provide clinical counseling services to a broad population of clients in a range of professional settings (e.g., clinics, hospitals, school-based mental health programs, and private practice).

This master's degree program is specifically for individuals who possess at least a bachelor's degree and are interested in becoming clinical mental health counselors. Students are required to complete 60 hours of coursework specifically related to mental health counseling. 

Your Responsibilities:

As certification requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to:
  • Confirm the requirements for certification and/or licensure in their home state
  • Evaluate and understand state requirements related to online education, out-of-state educational programs, and licensure requirements
  • Find out if any additional coursework, practice, and/or testing requirements must be met in order to be eligible for certification and/or licensure.

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Dates:
June 5, 2017
Apply by May 8, 2017
August 28, 2017
Apply by July 31, 2017
Program Length: 60 Hours
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Tuition and Fees*



2017

eTuition: $705 per 3-hour course
Required Fee: $120 per 3-hour course

*Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.


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Program Objectives

The purpose of the Master’s of Education in Counseling and Development ( Clinical Mental Health Counseling ) is to provide theoretical knowledge and therapeutic skills used by counselors to help individuals or groups achieve goals and make adjustments in social, emotional, career, and educational areas of their lives. The emphasis of the degree is on development of the practitioner’s ability to use therapeutic processes, mental health, human development principles, and effective techniques of counseling.

In addition to the CACREP common-core objectives, clinical mental health counseling majors will:

  1.  Possess knowledge of the development of the mental health counseling movement.
  2.  Understand the general roles, duties, and expectations of the mental health counselor.
  3.  Know the specialized legal and ethical responsibilities and functions of the mental health counselor.
  4.  Possess an understanding of cultural diversity as it relates to mental health counseling.
  5.  Possess an understanding of the relationship of mental health counseling to other health and human services.
  6.  Be familiar with the factors related to the management of mental health services.
  7.  Be familiar with the treatment procedures of mental and emotional disorders.
  8.  Know specific models for assessing psychopathological behavior and be familiar with the DSM diagnostic categories.
  9.  Be knowledgeable about the effects and side effects of the commonly used psychotropic drugs.
  10.  Be familiar with case management procedures and the steps for developing a treatment plan.
  11.  Be familiar with procedures for referral and possess consultation skills for use with other mental health professionals.
  12.  Understand factors related to client advocacy and patients' rights.
  13.  Be familiar with several approaches to individual, group, marital, couple, and family counseling.

Course Listing

CNDV 5301 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
CNDV 5302 FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
CNDV 5310 COUNSELING SKILLS
CNDV 5311 INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING THEORIES & TECHNIQUES
CNDV 5312 GROUP COUNSELING THEORIES & TECHNIQUES
CNDV 5320 MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING
CNDV 5322 PROFESSIONALISM, ETHICS, AND THE LAW
CNDV 5323 CAREER DEVELOPMENT
CNDV 5324 SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING
CNDV 5334 MEASUREMENT AND ASSESSMENT
CNDV 5350 ABNORMAL HUMAN BEHAVIOR
CNDV 5351 CONSULTATION
CNDV 5352 CRISIS PREVENTION & INTERVENTION
CNDV 5353 RESEARCH AND PROGRAM EVALUATION
CNDV 5380 SEMINAR (LAMAR ACADEMIC RESIDENCY 1
CNDV 5380 SEMINAR (LAMAR ACADEMIC RESIDENCY 2
CNDV 5381 MARRIAGE, COUPLE, AND FAMILY COUNSELING
CNDV 5392 PRACTICUM (3 CREDITS)
CNDV 5394 INTERNSHIP 1 (3 CREDITS)
CNDV 5394 INTERNSHIP 2 (3 CREDITS)

*Lamar Graduate Education Programs do not permit students to take coursework for transient credit.

Sample Course Plan

The following is a sample course plan for the 60- hour CMHC program developed for the purpose of helping students estimate the time required to complete the program. This example is a representation of what a student’s course plan could look like if they begin the program at the start of a fall semester. Individual student course plans will vary depending on the semester they begin the program and rotation of course offerings. Please see the CMHC practicum and internship page for policies and procedures. Students may contact their faculty advisor or Online Student Services at luacademic@lamar.edu to review their course registration and degree plan. The time frame for a student to complete the degree may vary based upon successful completion of coursework, the semester the student entered into the program, and course rotation/availability. We make no guarantee regarding the specific timeframe in which a student’s academic plan of study will be completed. The department reserves the right to change the rotation in which designated courses are offered.

60- Hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling Sample Course Plan

  • Fall: CNDV 5302, 5311, 5310 are the first three courses a student will take (9 credits)
  • Spring: 3 courses from CNDV 5301, 5312, 5320, 5322, 5323, 5324, 5334, 5350, 5351, 5352, 5353, 5380A, 5380B, 5381 (9 credits)
    • Note: CNDV 5380A (Residency 1) is often taken between courses 4-11
  • Summer: 2 courses from CNDV 5301, 5312, 5320, 5322, 5323, 5324, 5334, 5350, 5351, 5352, 5353, 5380A, 5380B, 5381 (6 credits)
  • Fall: 3 courses from CNDV5301, 5312, 5320, 5322, 5323, 5324, 5334, 5350, 5351, 5352, 5353, 5380A, 5380B, 5381 (9 credits)
  • Spring: 3 courses from CNDV5301, 5312, 5320, 5322, 5323, 5324, 5334, 5350, 5351, 5352, 5353, 5380A, 5380B, 5381 (9 credits) 
    • Note: CNDV 5380B (Residency 2) is often taken between courses 12-17
  • Summer: 2 courses from CNDV5301, 5312, 5320, 5322, 5323, 5324, 5334, 5350, 5351, 5352, 5353, 5380A, 5380B, 5381 (6 credits).
  • Fall: 1 course from CNDV 5301, 5312, 5320, 5322, 5323, 5324, 5334, 5350, 5351, 5352, 5353, 5380A, 5380B, 5381 is often taken concurrently with Practicum CNDV 5392 for (6 credit hours). However, pending course availability students that wish to take a total of 9 credits during their practicum semester may have the option of taking a professional degree enhancement course such as SPED 5370 or SPED 5371 (not required). Students’ wishing to take these enhancement courses should contact luacademic@lamar.edu prior to the practicum semester.
  • Spring: Internship I (3 credits) and Internship II (3 credits) may be taken concurrently; however, students may also take Internship II the following semester.
    • Summer: Internship II (3 credits) if not taken concurrently with Internship I during the previous semester.

* CNDV 5392 Practicum, and CNDV 5394 Internship I and II are 15-week courses (fall/spring) and 11-week (summer) that require mandatory synchronous group supervision (real-time class meetings). See the practicum and internship page for additional details.

* CNDV 5310 and 5380 Residency 1 & 2 must be taken prior to beginning practicum. See the residency webpage for additional details.

* Practicum CNDV 5392 may not be taken concurrently with CNDV 5394 Internship I or II.

* A maximum of two courses may be taken with Practicum CNDV 5392.

* Although Internship I and internship II may be taken concurrently, it is recommended that the course work be taken sequentially (i.e., one semester following the other).

* Students must apply for each practicum and internship course the semester prior to being registered for the course. See the practicum and internship page for additional details.

Program Advisor

Robin Latimer, Ed.D.
Director, Student Services - Academic Partnerships
Advisement Team for Graduate Education Programs 

(409) 880-7409
luacademic@lamar.edu

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