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Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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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


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. The program plans to apply to become accredited by the Council on Accrediting Counseling-Related Educational Programs (CACREP). A formal self-study, a necessary step in the application process, is underway. Application does not guarantee accreditation.

  • About: CMHC
  • CMHC: Requirements
  • Accreditation Statement
  • Curriculum
  • Career Opportunities
  • Meet the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Faculty

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 (probationary admission under 3.0 may be considered.)

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 (probationary 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. The program plans to apply to become accredited by the Council on Accrediting Counseling-Related Educational Programs (CACREP). A formal self-study, a necessary step in the application process, is underway. Application does not guarantee accreditation.

Degree Requirements: 60 semester hours

Course ID Description Credit Hours
CMH602 Research and Professional Writing in Counseling 3
CMH620 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3
CMH623 Psychology Over the Lifespan 3
CMH626 Relationship-building Skills in Counseling 3
CMH629 Counseling Theories and Procedures 3
CMH632 Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling 3
CMH635 Group Procedures in Counseling 3
CMH638 Counseling Diverse Populations 3
CMH641 Career Development 3
CMH644 Analysis and Appraisal 3
CMH647 Psychopathology and Resilience 3
CMH651 Diagnosis for Counselors 2
CMH652 Psychopharmacology for Counselors 2
CMH653 Prevention and Intervention with Adults 3
CMH656 Prevention and Intervention with Children 3
CMH659 Neuroscience, Hope, and the Spirit 3
CMH665 Consulting Theory and Practice 3

Counseling Field Experiences
CMH680 Counseling Field Practicum 3
CMH683 Counseling Internship 1 (Case Conceptualization) 3
CMH684 Counseling Internship 2 (NCE Preparation/Portfolio) 3
CMH685 Internship Extender Seminar (if needed) 1

Counseling Electives (students may take 2 hours)
CMH670 Addictions Counseling 2
CMH676 Group Leadership Laboratory 2
CMH677 Crisis and Trauma Counseling 2
CMH678 Sexuality Counseling 2
CMH698 Special Topics: Global Setting 3
CMH699 Special Topics 3
GRS598 Foundations of Professional Writing and Research 3

58 required credits + 2 elective credits = 60 credit-hours for CMHC degree
All courses require a grade of “B-“ or better to continue in program

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

Ermiger, Jennifer

Ermiger, Jennifer

Assistant Professor of Counseling; Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program248-799-5490
Jesse, Jack G

Jesse, Jack G

Assistant Professor of Counseling
McDonald, Patricia

McDonald, Patricia

Professor of Counselor Education248-799-5490 ext. 7231

Additional Info

Degree:

  • Master of Arts

Division:

  • The Graduate College

Location(s):

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Dr. Jenny Ermiger

Assistant Director/Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, Graduate College
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.