About: CMHC

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 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

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Siena Heights University 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.)

Meet Siena


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Nate Adams

Theater major; movie reviewer; Adrian Campus

Faculty & Staff

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Gail A. Ryder

Associate Professor of Humanities


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Cindy Allen '05, '09MA

BAS Graduate, Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership; Vice President of Administration & Human Resources, Jackson College
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.