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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

With my degree from Siena Heights, I have been able to reach many goals in my life.
Carol Boulanger Daniels ’93/MA, LPC
2011 American Mental Health Counseling Association Counselor of the Year
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  • About: CMHC
  • CMHC: Requirements
  • Accreditation Statement
  • Career Opportunities
  • Meet the Faculty

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program:
• Develops core competencies for effective, ethical counseling
• Prepares resilient, self-reflective counselors
• Explores well-being in mind, body and spirit
• Develops scholar-practitioner skills for continuous professional learning
• Prepares students for licensure and counseling certifications


Mission Statement

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling supports the missions of Siena Heights University and the Graduate College, as well as the mission and vision of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, by engaging students to seek truth, make peace, reverence life and foster justice within the context of the counseling profession as it evolves in the global world.


TRANSFORMATIVE. That’s the one word our graduates use most often to describe their experience in Siena Heights University's 60-hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. We aim to help our students become better versions of themselves and to realize their potential to make a difference in the global world. 

We strive to develop a culture of compassion, friendship and positive resiliency within and around our cohorts. We want them to know what Catherine of Siena (the University’s Catholic patroness) meant when she said, “If you are who you should be, you will set the world ablaze.” 

The program admits students in cohort groups whose degree plans are structured to allow them to complete our program in approximately 3 years. We strive to develop a culture within and around our cohorts of compassion, friendship and resilient positivity. Courses are offered on the Adrian, Lansing and Southfield campuses.

Completion of the Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling leads to the Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) credential in the State of Michigan. Achieving the status of a licensed professional counselor (LPC) is dependent on successful completion of both 3000 post-graduate supervised clock hours and the National Counselor Exam (NCE).

Applicants meeting selection criteria (strong writing sample and letters of recommendation, relevant work experience, etc.) will be invited to a personal admissions interview. The minimum G.P.A. requirement is 3.0 (on condition admission under 3.0 GPA may be considered.)

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Course Type
Required Credit Hours
Course Type PROFESSIONAL CORE PROFESSI
Required Credit Hours 48Credit Hours
Course Type FIELD EXPERIENCE
Required Credit Hours 10Credit Hours
Course Type ELECTIVE OPTION
Required Credit Hours 2Credit Hours
students may take 2 hours
Total for major
60Credit Hours
Course Name
Course Type
Credit Hours
Course Name Addictions Counseling
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 2
Course Name Foundations of Professional Writing and Research
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Special Topics
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 13
Course Name Special Topics: Global Studies
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 13
Course Name Trauma/Crisis Intervention for Counselors
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 2
Course Name Counseling Field Practicum
Course Type FIELD
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Internship 1/Conceptualization
Course Type FIELD
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Internship 2/NCE Preparation
Course Type FIELD
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Internship Extender Seminar
Course Type FIELD
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Analysis and Appraisal
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Career Development
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Consulting Theory and Practice
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Counseling Diverse Populations
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Counseling Theories/Procedures
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Diagnosis
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 2
Course Name Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Foundations of CMH
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Group Procedures in Counseling
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Neuroscience, Hope & the Spirit
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Prevention and Intervention with Adults
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Prevention and Intervention with Children
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Psychology Over the Lifespan
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Psychopathology and Resilience
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Psychopharmacology
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 2
Course Name Relationship Building Skills
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Research & Professional Writing in Counseling
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3

Methods of Instruction
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is strongly experiential and competency based. Classes are offered in the traditional on-ground and hybrid format.
 
Admission Requirements 
• Bachelor of Arts in a social science concentration but others will be considered. The minimum G.P.A. requirement is 3.0 (on-condition admission under 3.0 may be considered.)
• Applicants meeting selection criteria (strong writing sample and letters of recommendation, relevant work experience, etc.) will be invited to a personal admissions interview. 

Graduation Requirements
• Must complete the required 60 credit hour program plan
• Must take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)
• Portfolio requirements must be completed in the Clinical Mental Health courses related to learning outcomes 1, 4, and 8. 


Accreditation Statement
The CMHC program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as part of Siena Heights University’s accreditation and is an approved counselor education program in Michigan.

UPDATE: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has entered the Council on Accrediting Counseling-Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation review process. The review process for accreditation can take 12-18 months to complete. Application does not guarantee accreditation.

Our alumni are professional counselors in:
• mental health clinics
• substance abuse clinics
• state/county agencies
• corporations
• residential youth facilities
• alternative schools
• hospitals
• hospices
• crisis centers
• homeless shelters
• churches
• missions
• domestic violence centers
• vocational centers
• child welfare agencies
• group homes
• colleges/universities
• probation offi ces
• correctional facilities
• private practice

Assistant Professor of Counseling; Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Clinical Mental Health
517-264-7235 ext. 7235
Assistant Professor of Counseling
Clinical Mental Health
Professor of Counselor Education
Clinical Mental Health
248-799-5490 ext. 7231

Additional Info

Degree:

  • Master of Arts

Division:

  • The Graduate College

Location(s):