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Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Course Description

Gannon University offers the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60 credit-hour program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program is accredited through 2017. CACREP, the professional accrediting body for counselor education, promotes the professional competence of counseling and related practitioners through preparation standards, excellence in program development, and accreditation of professional preparation programs.

Founded in 1966, Gannon University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program benefits from a long standing tradition of success. The mission of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is to educate and train students to become professional counselors who are committed to the wellness of individuals, families, groups, and the greater community. The philosophy of the program focuses on the development of the competencies required of professional counselors.

The 60 credit curriculum meets the counselor preparation standards for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania, and is consistent with licensure requirements for other states as well. Gannon graduates have successfully achieved licensure in Ohio and New York.

Program Outcomes

Learning outcomes are statements of knowledge, skills and abilities an individual student possesses and can demonstrate upon completion of a program of study. Students graduating from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Gannon University are expected to achieve the following learning outcomes:

1. Core Professional Counselor Knowledge and Skills - Demonstrate the core knowledge and skills reflective of a Professional Counselor consistent with CACREP common core curriculum content and the counseling profession.
2. Clinical Mental Health Counselor Professional Orientation - Demonstrate understanding of clinical mental health counselor identity, roles, professional organizations, credentialing, and clinical mental health counselor development.
3. Clinical Mental Health Counseling Theory and Skills - Demonstrate clinical counseling theory and skills consistent with the CACREP Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum content and the counseling profession.
4. Clinical Mental Health Case Conceptualization and Mental Health Service Delivery - Demonstrate case conceptualization skills and implementation within the various components of mental health service delivery consistent with the CACREP Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum content, multicultural and spirituality competencies, and the counseling profession.
5. Assessment of Mental and Emotional Disorders and Conditions - Demonstrate assessment of mental and emotional disorders and conditions including crisis, disaster, trauma causing events, and substance abuse, consistent with the CACREP Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum content and the counseling profession.
6. Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders and Conditions - Demonstrate treatment of mental and emotional disorders and conditions including crisis, disaster, trauma causing events, and substance abuse, consistent with the CACREP Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum content and the counseling profession.
7. Professional and Ethical Practice - Demonstrate the ability to apply professional and ethical decision making, and adhere to ethical, legal, and professional standards related to the practice of professional counseling, the American Counseling Association and its divisions.
8. Reflective Learning - Demonstrate self-awareness and self development through engagement in active learning and reflectivity.

2014-2015 CMHC Program Vital Statistics

Number of program graduates from past year: 18
Completion rate: 83%
Licensure or certification examination pass rate: 94%
Job placement rate: 100%

Visit the Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling page on the Gannon University website for more details!

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