Preparing students to 
lead social change.

Preparing students to
lead social change.


The Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program requires the successful completion of field training and courses from those listed below.

Core Courses 

  • Adlerian Theory and Counseling
  • Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Counseling Theories
  • Counseling Skills
  • Diagnosis of Maladaptive Behavior
  • Counseling Multicultural Communities
  • Group Counseling
  • Treatment Planning and Intervention
  • Couple and Family Counseling
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Appraisal and Assessment
  • Career Development Theories and Interventions
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Professional Functions of Clinical Mental Health Counselors
  • Crisis Intervention and Trauma Counseling


Students are required to take two electives that are three-hour courses each. 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. Please note that not all the electives are offered at the same time; it depends on the offering cycle. Canadian students will need to take the thesis series as the elective should they plan to pursue doctoral studies in Canada.

  • Counseling and Human Sexuality
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Counseling Older Adults and Families
  • Mind, Body, and Meditative Practices in Counseling

OR choose the thesis series below as one of the electives:

  • Preparation for Applied Thesis
  • M.A. Thesis I & II

Field Training and Seminars

  • Social Justice Practicum I & II
  • CMHC Practicum and Seminar
  • CMHC Internship and Seminar I & II

Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University course catalog at