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Thank you for your interest in the University of Missouri—St. Louis (UMSL) Counseling Program and the Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC). The counseling faculty members believe in preparing students for the dynamic world-of-work where credentialing is as important as the graduate degree. To that end, the counseling program offers two emphasis areas with the CMHC degree program.
The traditional clinical mental health degree allows students to choose electives in an area of interest, such as couples and family counseling, addictions, career counseling, multicultural counseling, play therapy, and others while pursuing a rigorous course of study in clinical mental health counseling. The CMHC degree “school counseling certification option” provides opportunities for graduates to work in either elementary or secondary schools as certified school counselors (certified by the State of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education), and to work in non-school clinical settings on matters that are general mental health related. In lieu of the elective coursework described in the traditional CMCH program (outlined in a section which follows), students in the school counseling certification option take coursework required for school counselor certification eligibility. Once admitted to the CMHC program, students may choose the traditional or school counseling certification option.
The University of Missouri—St. Louis counseling programs are accredited by the highest national counseling accrediting organization (the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs); this advanced professional accreditation ensures that a degree from the program will be recognized nationally for employment and credentialing. Counseling degree program graduates have outstanding records of achieving counseling credentials, including a very high pass rate on the Missouri State counselor licensure examination. Also, counseling faculty members, as a group, are highly ranked nationally on objective measures of productivity, typically within the top 10 programs in the nation, and recently within the top 5 programs. So the program faculty members take pride in providing a recognized and valuable education.
The traditional Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree prepares students for work in a variety of community settings such as mental health clinics, community agencies, counseling centers, colleges, universities, and businesses, and for jobs as addictions counselors, career counselors, couples and family counselors, mental health counselors, child and adolescent counselors, and many others. The school certification option adds public and private schools to the list of potential employers.
The clinical mental health counseling emphasis allows flexibility for developing programs appropriate to particular nonschool settings. Students must have their adviser's approval before taking other than required courses.
The courses listed below meet the course work requirements for the M. Ed. Degree and the license to practice as a professional counselor:
|CNS ED 6000||Personal and Professional Development in Counseling||3|
|CNS ED 6010||Theories of Counseling||3|
|CNS ED 6020||Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling||3|
|CNS ED 6030||Foundations for Multicultural Counseling||3|
|CNS ED 6040||Group Procedures in Counseling||3|
|CNS ED 6050||Individual Inventory||3|
|CNS ED 6070||Psychopathology & Diagnosis||3|
|CNS ED 6300||Foundations Of Clinical Mental Health Counseling||3|
|CNS ED 6370||Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum I||3|
|CNS ED 6380||Clinical Mental Health Counseling Field Experience||6|
|CNS ED 6400||Career Information and Development||3|
|CNS ED 6500||Introduction to Systems Theory for Couples and Family Counseling||3|
|CNS ED 6700||Introduction To Addictive Behaviors And Addiction Counseling||3|
|One course from the advanced multicultural cognate which includes:||3|
CNS ED 6810
|Integrating Religion And Spirituality In Counseling|
CNS ED 6820
|Counseling Women Toward Empowerment|
CNS ED 6830
|Counseling African American Clients|
CNS ED 6840
|Counseling Sexual Minorities|
CNS ED 6850
|Social Class and Poverty Issues In Counseling|
CNS ED 6860
|Human Sexuality in Counseling|
|Psychological Foundations and Human Development|
|The following course is required:|
|ED PSY 6210||Life-Span: Individual and Family Development||3|
|Educational Research and Evaluation Methods|
|The following course is required:|
|ED REM 6710||Educational Research Methods and Design||3|
|Electives and Area of Specialization||9|
|Coursework in the area of specialization is to be selected in consultation with the adviser. Although not mandatory, areas of specialization may include career counseling, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, addictions/substance abuse counseling, child and adolescent counseling, couples and family counseling, and others.|
|Comprehensive Examination (Capstone Experience) 1|
Please consult with the Department office for requirements and dates of this examination.