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Curriculum

The requirements for the CACREP accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are a combination of a counseling core, clinical training experiences, and theological studies. All courses are offered in a residential, face-to-face format.

Course Sequencing

The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is comprised of 60 credit hours divided into three different sections:

  • Core Courses (45 credit hours)
  • Graduate Counseling Practicum and Internship (9 credit hours)
  • Theological Studies (6 credit hours)

All courses in the program are required. Additional course offerings are available, but may not be eligible for financial aid. View the Clinical Mental Health Counseling course catalog for a description of the following courses: 

Year 1

Fall

CMHC 611 - Foundations of Integration I (1)

CMHC 618 - Clinical Research and Program Eval (3)

CMHC 621 – Counseling Skills & Techniques (2)

CMHC 621L - Counseling Skills Lab (1)

CMHC 622 – Clin. Coun Theories & Practice I (3)

CMHC 624 – Issues & Ethics in Professional Prac. (3)

Total: 13 Credit Hours

Spring

CMHC 612 - Foundations of Integration II (1)

CMHC 614 - Group Counseling (2)

CMHC 614L-Group Counseling Lab (1)

CMHC 623 – Clinical Coun. Theories & Prac. II (3)

CMHC 636 - Family Systems Theory & Counseling (3)

CMHC 642 – Psychopath.: Bio. & Soc. Fndtns. (3)

Total: 13 Credit Hours

Summer

CMHC 692 – Graduate Counseling Practicum (3)

CMHC 653 – Lifestyle & Career Development (3)

BITH - TSR req. (4) - Students may choose between BITH 565, 566, and 576
(typically BITH 565 is offered as an intensive course over the summer and BITH 566 and 576 are offered during the fall and/or spring semesters - please check the academic schedule)

Total: 10 Credit Hours
Summer term required.

Year 2

Fall

CMHC 631 - Lifespan Development (3)

CMHC 641 – Assessment in Counseling (3)

CMHC 649 - Multicultural Issues & Social Advocacy (3)

CMHC 696 - Graduate Internship (3)

Total: 12 Credit Hours

Spring

CMHC 613 – Foundations of Integration III (1)

CMHC 632
– Introduction to Trauma and Crisis Counseling (3)

CMHC 651 - Substance Abuse & Addictions (3)

CMHC 696 - Graduate Internship (3)

BITH 561 – Theological Anthropology (2)

Total: 12 Credit Hours

Comprehensive Exit Examination

All students are required to pass a comprehensive exit examination to satisfy graduation requirements. Please see the CMHC Student Handbook for details.  

CMHC 691  Comprehensive Exit Examination (0)


Additional Clinical Course Offerings

The following list of courses are available for the students of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program to enroll in. Students may take electives beyond the required coursework in order to enhance and add distinctive elements to their program, particularly as required by licensure law in states other than Illinois.
** Please note that not all electives are offered each year/semester
** These courses may not be eligible for financial aid. Please consult with a financial aid advisor to make that determination.

  • CMHC 647 - Play Therapy (1-3)
  • PSYC 756 - Psychopharmacology (1-3)
  • PSYC 833 - Couples Counseling (3)
  • PSYC 838 - Advanced Marital & Family (3)
  • PSYC 849 - Sexuality & Sex Therapy (3)
  • PSYC 893 - Seminars: Advanced Topics (1) - Several sections offered, each with a different topic