Overview

Offering evening, weekend, online, 
and blended learning options.

Offering evening, weekend, online,
and blended learning options.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Overview

This practitioner-focused program prepares clinical mental health counselors with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and real-world experience for successfully providing therapeutic services for individuals, groups, and families in a broad range of community and clinical settings. The need for clinical mental health counselors is projected to increase by 37% over the next decade. Our graduates are well trained to meet that need as counselors in both the public and private sectors—in private practice or with social service agencies, behavioral health care organizations, hospitals, employee assistance programs, substance abuse treatment centers, and other organizations.

Our distinctive program provides traditional graduate training in clinical mental health counseling—with a unique emphasis on education and training in socially responsible practice. This means our students and faculty embrace a broad range of perspectives and theoretical approaches. They work to build and maintain bridges across social, economic, cultural, racial, and political systems through practice. They empower others to identify and address shared problems, and foster the development of social equality, justice, and respect through compassionate action.

We provide an immersive learning experience with a diverse faculty. Professors are practicing clinicians as well as scholars and researchers. Learning takes place in small, intimate classes, and through the exceptional practical training opportunities we offer.

Through strong faculty support, a dedicated Training Department, and the School’s partnerships with hundreds of community agencies, our counseling students gain valuable practicum and clinical experience in a wide variety of clinics, hospitals, mental health centers, community organizations, government agencies at all levels, and specialized settings.

Our comprehensive theoretical curriculum and supervised clinical field experiences prepare students for success taking the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). On the most recent exam, our students achieved an impressive 100% passing rate.

Evening, Weekend, Online and Blended Learning Options

This program is offered as:

  • A traditional full-time classroom program that can be completed in two years.
  • A flexible part-time program, with courses offered in a combination of evening, weekend, online, and blended options.

Students choose the format and combination of classes that work best for their schedules, and complete the program in a timeframe that is realistic for them. Our individualized advising helps students succeed both inside and outside the classroom during their Adler School experience.

Licensure

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for:

  • The Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in the state of Illinois.
  • The Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential in Illinois, upon completing all necessary post-graduate training. Because licensure requirements vary by state, students who anticipate applying for licensure elsewhere may need to acquire additional practicum hours or courses beyond the Adler School degree requirements. All students are encouraged to work with their faculty advisors and plan their curriculum accordingly.
  • The National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential, as well as sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) before graduation. Upon degree completion, students can submit their passing NCE scores to the State of Illinois licensing board, toward the fulfillment of state licensing requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree earned from a college or university regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from an international college or university
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Completion of the following semester courses in psychology with grades of "C" or better: General or introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, and research methods or statistics. Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may also be considered.
  • Applicants who meet the admission standards will be invited for an interview with faculty