Counseling and Educational Development (CED)

M.S. in Counseling, concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Through our master’s and/or educational specialist degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling you specialize in coursework and internships that help you develop knowledge and skills to work with diverse clients from a strength based, developmental perspective. This coursework will assist in helping understand, conceptualize, diagnose, assess, and intervene with clients in individual, group, and familial settings.

Career Opportunties

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Example Careers

  • Working in counseling agencies with diverse client populations
  • Providing in-home counseling to children, adolescents, and families
  • Providing inpatient and outpatient counseling services
  • Working in hospital settings working with clients who have chronic illness
  • Working with clients in various settings related to grief or death and dying
  • Consulting with schools regarding youth behavioral problems
  • Working in crisis centers, alternative schools, or group homes

Designed For

Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track view clients through a strength-based, developmental lense and work to help people improve their ability to interact with the world around them, including but not limited to work, school, self, and relationships. Students have multiple opportunities while in the program to learn various counseling interventions that will enhance daily functioning in all areas of clients lives.

Career Opportunities

Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track have many hands-on practicum and internship experiences throughout their program. This includes in content courses to learn how to apply content knowledge, in our state of the art training counseling clinic to work with clients from the university and surrounding community, as well as in the community at a variety of community agencies, hospitals, or residential care facilities through internships. Our department partners with a variety of community agencies to provide a diverse set of options for these applied experiences.

Research Interests

Master’s students have opportunities to get involved with faculty research or join research teams voluntarily or formally through the Master’s Applied Research Experience course. Research opportunities include, but are not limited to, further exploring relationships between various clinical symptoms and daily functioning and outcome based research on the effectiveness of counseling.

Program of Study

Total hours: 60 hours (M. S.)

Core courses:

CED 611 The Counselor As Scientist-Practitioner
CED 612 Developmental Counseling
CED 605 Counseling Diverse Populations
CED 610 Helping Relationships
CED 620 Counseling Theories and Practice
CED 650 Group Counseling Theory and Practice
CED 669 Career Development and Career Counseling
CED 678 Professional Orientation
CED 682 Application of Measurement and Clinical Appraisal Techniques

Additional courses:

CED 642 Substance Abuse Counseling
CED 644 Counseling in Community Settings
CED 653 Practicum in Counseling
CED 675 Counseling Field Practicum
CED 679 Advanced Counseling Practicum
CED 680A Counseling Internship
CED 680B Counseling Internship
CED 687 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Counseling
CED 688 Counseling Children and Adolescents
CED 690 Counselors Working with Families
CED 691 Couples Counseling
CED 691 Family Violence
CED 691 Sexuality Counseling