Master of Arts (MA) & Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC)

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Director: Nancy G. Calleja, Ph.D., LPC
Office: 234 Reno Hall
McNichols Campus
Telephone: 313- 578-0436
Fax. 313-578-0507
E-mail: calleyng@udmercy.edu

The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers graduate training to those interested in working as Master's level clinicians in the mental health field. Potential work settings include but are not limited to: outpatient clinics, human service organizations, public systems (mental health, child welfare, criminal justice), health care systems, and psychiatric facilities. The curriculum is grounded in counseling theory and a strong emphasis on counseling skill development complements assessment practices, cultural competence, human development, and comprehensive program development and evaluation.  The semester-long practicum experience in the UDM Counseling Clinic followed by a 600 hour internship at a community-based organization provides the highest quality hands-on experience for counselors-in-training.  

The content and sequence of courses aim at promoting deep knowledge and competencies to work effectively with individuals experiencing serious mental health issues and/or challenges related to living. Completion of the program qualifies individuals for licensure as a professional counselor within the state of Michigan. The 60 credit hour program generally requires 2-3 years to complete.

Graduates of UDM's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are typically hired immediately either by their internship site or by another organization.  Our graduates fulfill such roles as therapist, clinical supervisor, program director, and researchers in an array of organizations such as the Veterans Administration, human service organizations, psychiatric hospitals, and outpatient clinics. 

Recent graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program have said the following:

UDM's Counseling taught me how to be the most effective counselor I could be.  I not only learned clinical skills, but I learned how to think critically about the world, how to design mental health programs, and how to engage in social justice.  Because of my degree, I was hired immediately, and am now directing my own outpatient program.    

I would wholeheartedly recommend UDM for  a degree in Counseling because of the quality, richness, and rigor of the program.

My graduate experience at UDM was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

The diversity, opportunities for outreach, and understanding of advisors and professors make UDM's Counseling program the best!

The professor/student relationships, availability of professors, and practical experience of professors working in the field are just some of the strengths of UDM's program.  

The small class sizes, small advisor loads, and incredible community of learning in UDM's Counseling program are un-matchable!

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Curriculum:

3 credits ea. (except where indicated)

CNS 5000 Research Methods in Counseling
CNS 5020 Counseling and Human Development
CNS 5120 Counseling Theories & Process
CNS 5320 Multicultural Counseling
CNS 5350 Guidance Principles & Practices
CNS 5360 Counseling Services: Organization & Administration
CNS 5380 Career Counseling
CNS 5390 Counseling Skills
CNS 5400 Testing & Evaluation
CNS 5430 Group Counseling
CNS 5490 Trauma, Crisis, and Prevention

CNS 5570 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling

CNS 5600 Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment

CNS 5680 Advanced Issues in Assessment and Treatment

CNS 5620 Critical Issues in Clinical Mental Health

CNS 5850 Counseling Practicum

CNS 5900 Consultation (1 cr.)

CNS 5910 Research Seminar in Counseling 

CNS 5920 Introduction to Addiction Counseling (2 cr.)

CNS 6040 Internship in Counseling

Elective course 

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Total: 60 credits