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Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This degree does not qualify a student for any teaching certificate or licensure in the State of Alabama. Out-of-state students should check carefully the certification and licensure requirements of their respective states.

Program Admission Requirements

Phase I:  Graduate School Admission.

  • Meet the requirements to be admitted to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Provide verification of background clearance/fingerprints.

Phase II:  Counseling Program Admissions Portfolio

Candidates must submit a portfolio to the Counselor Education Program for review.  The portfolio affords a candidate to provide valuable information regarding:

  • Relevance of Career Goals
  • Aptitude for Graduate-level study
  • Potential success in forming effective counseling relationships
  • Respect for Cultural differences.
  • Resume including educational background, a record of employment, and volunteer activities.
  • Professional Goals Essay
  • Three completed Recommendation for Admission Forms.

I. Professional Courses: 9 hours

  • CO 506. Life-Span Development and Learning (3)
  • ED 504. Techniques of Educational Research (3)
  • ED 506. Educational Statistics (3)

II. Concentration Courses: 39 hours

  • CO 500. Professional Orientation (3)
  • CO 508. Pre-Practicum in Counseling (3)
  • CO 541. Techniques of Counseling (3)
  • CO 542. Career Development and Counseling (3)
  • CO 543. Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)
  • CO 544. Strategies for Crisis Intervention (3)
  • CO 545. Diagnostic Techniques in Counseling (3)
  • CO 546. Group Counseling (3)
  • CO 547. Counseling Multicultural Populations (3)
  • CO 558. Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • CO 589. Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (6)
  • PY 520. The Diagnostic Process for Mental Disorders (3)

Twelve hours from the following:

  • CO 510. Theories and Treatment of Addiction (3)
  • CO 511. Issues in Addiction Recovery (3)
  • CO 512. Family Issues in Counseling Addicted Clients (3)
  • CO 513. Techniques of Addictions Counseling (3)
  • CO 530. Theory and Techniques in Distance Counseling (3)
  • CO 531. Law and Ethics in Distance Counseling (3)
  • CO 532. Administration and Practice of Distance Counseling (3)
  • CO 533. Distance Counseling with Special Populations (3)
  • CO 534. Skills Application in Distance Counseling (3)
  • CO 550. Theory and Treatment of Trauma (3)
  • CO 551. Counseling with Special Populations Grief, Trauma, or Crisis (3)
  • CO 553. Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling (3)
  • CO 554. Technology and the Counseling Profession (3)
  • CO 560. Theory and Treatment of Grief (3)
  • CO 571. Introduction to Play Therapy (3)
  • CO 572. Advanced Play Therapy (3)
  • CO 573. Adult/Child Relationship (3)
  • PY 525. Personality Assessment (3)
  • PY 526. Marriage and Family Therapy (3)
  • PY 528. Health Psychology (3)
  • PY 529. Psychopharmacology (3)
  • PY 535. Advanced Techniques in Family Counseling (3)
  • PY 560. Psychological Tests and Measurements (3)
  • PY 563. Assessment Techniques in Family Counseling (3)

Total Required: 60 hours

Note(s):

  • This program is also offered online.

Program Completion Requirements

  • A grade-point average of not less than 3.0 on a four-point scale on all work attempted with no grade less than “C.”
  • Satisfactory performance in one practicum for 100 clock hours and full-time internship of 600 clock hours of internship and 700 hours total professional practice supervised jointly by a site supervisor and a UWA counselor educator program faculty member.
  • Passing score on the comprehensive examination, known as the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), which can be taken no earlier than upon completion of forty-eight semester hours of coursework in their program.