M.A. in counseling with a concentration in clinical mental health counseling

Important dates

  • March 1, 2024

    Fall applications

  • Sept. 1, 2024

    Winter applications for all concentrations

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) concentration is intended to train professional counseling generalists. Typically, students completing this concentration are employed in public and private mental health settings, employment agencies, youth service bureaus, human resource development agencies, employee assistance programs, hospice organizations, post-secondary educational settings, correctional institutions, welfare departments, local community service agencies, and religious institutions. Students are encouraged to use elective courses and their practicum and internship clinical experiences to develop additional areas of specific expertise for their preferred setting. Individuals who complete the CMHC concentration receive training in the knowledge and skills necessary to work with clients to promote mental wellness across the lifespan.

Students who complete the CMHC concentration are eligible to apply for licensure as professional counselors (LPC), provided they fulfill state-mandated requirements, which include passing a background check and licensure exam and completing supervised hours as a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC).

Curriculum for clinical mental health counseling

Semester I

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
CED 6005 Professional Counseling: Orientation 3
CED 6015 Diversity, Multicultural Competence, and Social Justice Advocacy for Human Service Professionals 3
CED 6025  Counseling theories, Philosophies, and Techniques 3

Semester II

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 10
CED 6055 Testing and Assessment for Counselors 3
EDP 7410 Human Developmental Psychology 4
CED 6045 Professional Counseling Laws and Ethics 3

Semester III

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
EDP 7370 Psychopathology and Diagnosis 3
EER 7640 Fundamentals of Quantitative Research 3
EDP 7190 Couples Therapy Or EDP 7200 Systemic Theories and Family Therapy 3

Semester IV

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
CED 6075 Trauma: Conceptualization and Treatment Planning 3
CED 6085 Sexuality Or CED 7225 Psychosocial Aspects of Disability 3
CED 7305  Clinical Counseling Roles: Consultation, Collaboration, and Coordination 3

Semester V

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
CED 6095 Introduction to Counseling Groups 2
CED 6096 Group Counseling Participation 1
CED 6065  Career Development and Employment Strategies 3
CED 6720 Workshop in Counseling 1

Semester VI

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
CED 6105 Individual and Systemic Approaches to Treating Addictions 3
CED 7005  Counseling Skills 3

Semester VII

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 4
CED 7015 Counseling Practicum 4

Semester VIII

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
CED 7020 Counseling Internship 6

Total Credits for Clinical Mental Health Counseling = 60 credit hours

Plan of work

Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP)

The WSU College of Education Counseling program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP).

Center For Credentialing & Education

Wayne State University has been qualified by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE) as a Registered Credential Training Provider, RCTP1002-ACS, to provide training courses qualified for credit for eligibility for the Approved Clinical Supervisor Credential with the course: CED 9120: Seminar & Internship Supervising Counselors. 

Wayne State University has been qualified by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE) as a Registered Credential Training Provider, RCTP1001-GCDF, to provide training courses qualified for credit for eligibility for the Global Career Development Facilitator Credential with the course: CED 6065: Career Development and Employment Strategies.

Contact

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Shadin Atiyeh
Assistant professor (teaching)
313-577-8853
fz8816@wayne.edu

Sameerah Davenport, Ph.D.
Assistant professor (teaching)
313-577-9356
sameerah.davenport@wayne.edu

School Counseling 

Thomas Michalos, Ph.D.
Assistant professor (teaching) and program coordinator
313-577-4598
thomas.michalos@wayne.edu

Theoretical & Behavioral Foundations

Phone: 313-577-1613

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