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Department of Counseling, Foundations, and Leadership

Department of Counseling, Foundations, and Leadership

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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The M.S. program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is nationally accredited from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The 60 semester hour degree program is designed around the eight areas of (1) Human Growth and Development, (2) Social and Cultural Foundations, (3) The Helping Relationship, (4) Group Dynamics and Processes, (5) Lifestyle/Career Development, (6) Appraisal of Individual, (7) Research and Evaluation, and (8) Professional Orientation. Curricular experiences include clinical supervision of a 100-hour practicum and a 700-hour internship, split over 2 semesters, in a clinical setting. 

The M.S. program is designed to prepare persons to function as counselors in a variety of community settings including, but not limited to, mental health centers, community agencies, hospitals, residential treatment centers, corrections or other helping or human service oriented programs.

Employment Opportunities for all counselors are expected to grow faster than average until 2020. The need for employment/vocational counselors will continue to grow as the welfare program continues to require beneficiaries to find jobs. There will be a strong demand for counselors in the following specialty areas: substance abuse, behavioral, mental health, marriage and family, and rehabilitation counselors. Employers seem to be providing more EAP (Employee Assistance Programs) programs to employees and their families. The overall growth rates for counselors, social and religious workers is expected to be 18.8% change from 2010-2020. The highest growth rates are expected to be in residential care (70%), health and allied services (58%), and job training and related services (35.4%).


 Mission Statement:

The Clinical Mental Health Program's mission is to prepare professional mental health counselors committed to providing culturally competent counseling services that enhance the mental health and well-being of families, groups, couples, and individuals across the lifespan, and to advocate on behalf of our clients and our profession. The program is committed to academic and clinical excellence through educating counselors to be leader-practitioners.

The following document provides information to all program stakeholders on the systematic program evaluation of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Columbus State University. Systematic Program Evaluation


Program of Study:

Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program enter in Summer or Fall of each year. As the student progresses in the program, and working with their advisor, plan a program of study toward graduation. 


DEADLINES: All applications are due on March 1st for consideration for Summer admission, May 1st for consideration for Fall admission.