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Clinical Mental Health Counseling Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 61 credit hour program that includes coursework and a training practicum. Successful completion of this program includes the courses listed below. More information, including course descriptions and sequencing can be found in the Adler University Catalog.

Core Courses

  • CMHC-510 Professional Development Seminar (0 credits)
  • CMHC-511-512 Professional Identity Seminar I & II (2 credits)
  • COUN-518 Adlerian Theory and Counseling (3 credits)
  • CMHC-531 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 credits)
  • COUN-532 Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Counseling (3 credits)
  • COUN-533 Counseling Theories (3 credits)
  • COUN-534 Counseling Skills (3 credits)
  • COUN 535 Diagnosis of Maladaptive Behavior (3 credits)
  • COUN-536 Counseling Multicultural Communities (3 credits)
  • COUN-540 Group Counseling (3 credits)
  • CMHC-617 Treatment Planning and Intervention (3 credits)
  • COUN-618 Couple and Family Counseling (3 credits)
  • COUN-622 Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
  • COUN-625 Research and Program Evaluation (3 credits)
  • COUN-626 Appraisal and Assessment (3 credits)
  • COUN-629 Career Development Theories and Interventions (3 credits)
  • COUN-630 Addictions Counseling (3 credits)
  • CMHC-635 Advanced Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 credits)


Students are required to take an elective of a three-hour course. Students can take electives offered by the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program as listed below or they can choose a course from the department elective menu, upon their faculty advisor’s approval.

  • CMHC-720: Child & Adolescent Counseling
  • CMHC-721: Technology Applications in Counseling
  • CMHC-722: Counseling Older Adults and Families
  • CMHC-688: Mind, Body, and Meditative Practices in Counseling

OR the thesis series below:

  • COUN-550:  Preparation for Applied Thesis (1 credit)
  • COUN-551: M.A. Thesis I (1 credit)
  • COUN-552: M.A. Thesis II (1 credit)

Field Training and Seminars

  • SJP-513: Social Justice Practicum I (1 credit)
  • SJP-514: Social Justice Practicum II (1 credit)
  • CMHC-693: CMHC Practicum and Seminar (2 credits)
  • CMHC-694: CMHC Internship and Seminar I (2 credits)
  • CMHC-698: CMHC Internship and Seminar II (2 credits)
  • CMHC Comprehensive Examination (0 credits)
  • CMHC-995: CMHC Comprehensive Examination (CPCE, 0 credits)