Mental Health Counseling Program

The Counselor Education program grants a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC). The 60-hour-program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The CMHC program prepares students as knowledgeable, ethical and culturally sensitive counselors through a course of study that includes classroom, online, and field-site training. The program includes a two-semester internship. Interns deliver counseling services, under supervision, in the community.

The CHMC degree is designed to prepare students with professional competencies required for the professional counseling field. Our graduates provide counseling services in various settings such as public and private counseling agencies, government service agencies, family court systems, college development centers, substance abuse centers, and private practice.

Students in the program take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam offered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). They are also eligible to become members of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and/or the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Emphasis Area Goals

The USA Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program prepares students to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of clinical mental health counseling to include history, current trends/issues, roles, functions, professional identity, leadership/advocacy strategies, and laws/legislation effecting the counseling profession.

  2. Facilitate clients’ growth and development over the lifespan within a strengths-based and wellness framework.

  3. Utilize technology as applied to clinical mental health counseling.

  4. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity, competency, and responsiveness with all individuals, couples, and families.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive needs assessments.

  6. Demonstrate effective and meaningful individual counseling, couples and family counseling, and group work with diverse clients with diverse needs.

  7. Serve as culturally responsive and empowerment-based advocates with individuals, families, and communities to promote optimal growth and wellness to meet the needs of diverse clientele.

  8. Demonstrate skills related to clinical assessment and interpretation of assessment results to clients.

  9. Demonstrate appropriate use of multi-axial diagnosis in a manner that promotes the optimal well-being of clients.



Faculty Advisor:

Brandon Browning, Ph.D.

Ph: (251) 380-2870