M.A. Forensic Mental Health Leadership/ M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

M.A. Forensic Mental Health Leadership / 
M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling  

M.A. Forensic Mental Health Leadership /
M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling  

M.A. Forensic Mental Health Leadership / M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling


  • Stand out in the job market with a unique dual degree that offers training in mental health counseling and forensic mental health leadership—all with a focus on social justice.
  • Meet growing demand for counselors and empower individuals in a wide range of traditional mental health settings as well as working within specialized forensic settings with individual’s with specialized needs.
  • Earn your degree with a flexible plan of study.
  • Train with expert faculty and gain practical experience in small, collaborative classes.

Our M.A. in Forensic Mental Health Leadership / M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares graduates to work with a range of clients in traditional mental health programs as well as mental health counselors with individuals, families and systems that interface with the legal and criminal justice arena. Our aim is to prepare clinicians who will be able to assess, treat, consult and apply a full array of counseling services in forensic and correctional settings, allowing for a range of dynamic career paths.

Professional Development & Training

Gain the knowledge and skills to create real change with small, collaborative classes taught by leading practitioners and scholars in the field. Our diverse faculty brings together classroom learning with individualized mentorship and hands-on professional experience.

Unique to our institution is the Social Justice Practicum, a nonclinical experiential practicum completed by all Adler University students to cultivate the skills for becoming agents of social change. Working with our network of hundreds of community partners, students develop the practical knowledge and understanding of what it means to engage with communities and be a socially responsible practitioner.

Students complete extensive clinical training, which provides opportunities to apply theory, hone counseling skills, and formulate treatment strategies with clients in a variety of hospitals, clinics, mental health centers, community organizations, and government agencies. Throughout their fieldwork, students receive close mentorship and clinical supervision by faculty. This training consists of a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship, typically at the same site.

Accreditation, Licensure & Certification

Adler’s M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body which is a requirement for licensure in many states. The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for licensing exams and to meet the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Students wishing to seek licensure are strongly encouraged to research the requirements to sit for licensure for each state or province in which they wish to practice.

Graduates of the program are also eligible to take part in the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential, after successful passage of the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and completion of required experiences.

In particular, Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the following credentials:

  • 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 and supervised experiences.

Our specialized courses in forensic mental health leadership also prepare students to pursue national certification as a Forensic Mental Health Evaluator through The National Board of Forensic Evaluators. All faculty members are active in their respective areas of expertise and engage with students to promote opportunities for professional development in the field as well as at state and national conferences.

Adler University is a nationally recognized pioneer in graduate education, preparing socially responsible practitioners who advocate for underserved populations and build healthier communities.


Our graduates work in settings that utilize the study and practice of forensic and correctional counseling including state and federal correctional facilities, juvenile detention centers, substance abuse assessment and treatment facilities, court clinics, secured forensic units, community settings, and child advocacy centers. Additionally, our graduates are prepared to work in general counseling settings.