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Mission Statement

The fundamental mission of the Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty is to educate and train counselors who will promote the optimal functioning of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Built upon a foundation of knowledge, skills, and dispositions within a multicultural and social justice framework, program graduates will be able to translate research-validated practices into effective strategies for individuals, groups, and families from diverse backgrounds. The course of study will support the acquisition of competency-based knowledge while fostering professional and personal growth through self-reflection and constructive feedback.

About the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Program

Clinical mental health counselors facilitate the growth and development of individuals, families, and groups through the helping relationship. They practice in a range of settings, including outpatient, inpatient, and community mental health agencies, individual and group private practice settings, and other contexts where counseling and mental health services are provided. CMHC is a distinct licensure specialty from other helping professions such as psychology, social work, psychiatry, and psychiatric nursing. Like other mental health professions, a variety of issues may be addressed through professional counseling, and the University of Utah CMHC program emphasizes the use of culturally-relevant, empirically supported, and strength-based approaches in addressing these issues.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty is designed to prepare students for entry level counseling positions in community mental health and human service agencies. This specialty is currently designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the state of Utah, and is congruent with national standards for master's level licensure in most other jurisdictions across the country. Accordingly, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty requires a minimum of 60 credit hours, typically over three years, with the final year culminating in a 1000-hour field-based internship.

The faculty is committed to offering a manageable program of study, with course offerings that accommodate those balancing work and family. Consequently, most required courses meet once per week in the early evening. Moreover, we are dedicated to providing close, individualized attention to our students, selecting only 8-12 students per year. Because we limit our numbers, students regularly provide feedback that they are well-known among the faculty, receive close supervision, and appreciate the small class sizes. Students also comment on both the non-competitive, collegial atmosphere among their class peers and the close connections they are able to develop because of the smaller cohort size.

Students admitted to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty have completed at least a bachelor's degree and have relevant experience and/or education in psychology. Please consult Information for Applicants for specific details on requirements for applying to the program. Please also consult the Program Handbook, which is revised annually for our incoming students, providing details regarding the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program's objectives, curriculum, and internship requirements.

 

M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling       2018-2019    
Number of applicants 69
Number of acceptances 20
% Accepted 29%
Number of enrollees 14
% Enrolled 100%
Number of total students 37
Graduates (May 2019) 10
Number of faculty 7
Faculty to student ratio 1:5.28
Courses taught by Adjuncts 16%
Outcome  
Licensed (Graduated between 2013 – 2016) 100%

 

Accreditation

The M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) until 2021. The application for continued accreditation for 2021-2031 is underway.

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Our CMHC graduates are eligible to take the UT licensing exam for the Utah Licensed Associate CMHC (ACMHC). Eligibility to apply for the CMHC License occurs after accruing 4,000 hours of supervised clinical hours as an ACMHC.

See https://dopl.utah.gov/cmhc/CMHC_Educational_Pathways_20200109.pdf for more details on the licensure process. If you are planning to practice outside of Utah, please visit the specific state’s licensing department to learn more about requirements for licensure.

 

2019 First Year cohort

First Year Cohort

2018 First Year cohort

Second Year Cohort

second year cohort

 Third Year Cohort

Need More Info?

Attend an information session to learn more about our M.Ed. Programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) and School Counseling (Salt Lake City or St. George Programs).

• Program Mission/Objectives
• Coursework/Training
• Costs/Tuition
• Financial Aid
How to Apply

UPCOMING INFO SESSIONS

Due to Coronavirus precautions, Info Sessions for Clinical Mental Health Counseling will now be Zoom meetings:

Dates:

Apr 1, 2020 07:00 PM

May 6, 2020 07:00 PM

Zoom meeting link:

https://utah.zoom.us/j/505646154
Meeting ID: 505 646 154

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For questions, call:  801-581-7148

Related Websites

Department of Educational Psychology 

College of Education

University of Utah

Last Updated: 3/23/20