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Chicago | Master of Arts

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Program Overview

Program Overview

Adler University’s Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares socially responsible clinicians to provide culturally sensitive therapeutic services in a wide range of clinical settings. Students have the option of selecting either an on-campus or online modality.

Our distinctive practitioner-focused program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which recognizes programs that meet or exceed the highest standards for counselor preparation.

Students train with faculty who are experienced counseling professionals and social justice activists. Graduates are empowered and equipped to be agents of change for individuals, families, groups, communities, and society. And our innovative program is designed to prepare clinical mental health counselors to serve diverse populations in both the public and private sectors.

Curriculum

Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 62-credit hour program that 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
Field Experience
  • Social Justice Practicum I
  • Social Justice Practicum II
  • CMHC Practicum and Seminar
  • CMHC Internship and Seminar I
  • CMHC Internship and Seminar II
Electives

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

Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University course catalog here.

Social Justice Practicum

Social Justice Practicum

Doing is learning. A unique and proven program designed to give students real world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given a number of civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After which, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes

Student Data

The M.A. in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program surveys students, graduates, site supervisors, and employers to obtain useful information about the program on a regular basis. The following are the most recent program outcomes collected from 2018-2019 academic year:

  • 211 students are currently enrolled in this program.
  • There were 31 graduates from this program in the last academic year.
  • Based on a 5-year maximum program completion period, the graduation rate of this program is 88%.
  • The first time pass rate for this program in the last academic year was 98%.
  • Our latest alumni survey conducted in spring 2019 reported nearly 92 percent of respondents being employed within a year of graduation.

Click here for the 2017-18 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Progam Annual Report.
2018-2019 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Annual Report (in construction).

Careers

Our innovative program is designed to prepare clinical mental health counselors to serve diverse populations in both the public and private sectors. They work in a range of settings, including:

  • Social service agencies
  • Behavioral health care organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Substance abuse treatment centers
  • Military and TRICARE system
  • Government agencies
  • Private practice
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.

Students also 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.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from an international college or university.
  • A recommended GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Exceptions may be made for applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic performance or academic ability in other ways.
  • Approved applicants will be invited for a personal interview as the final step in the application process.

Application Requirements

Applicants are required to submit the following items to be considered for admission:

  • Application and application fee
  • Statement of Intent answering the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in your chosen field and program?
    • Why is Adler University’s program a good fit for you?
    • What are your career goals and interests?
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (U.S and Canada)
    • Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions
    • Unofficial transcripts may be accepted for any schools in which a degree was not received
    • International transcripts must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service
  • Two letters of Recommendation
    • These should be from someone who can specifically speak to your academic and professional abilities.

Please submit all materials to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.

Official transcripts should be sent to:

Adler University – Office of Admissions
17 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Official electronic transcripts should be sent to [email protected].

 

For more information for International Applicants, click here.

Accreditation

Accreditation

Our distinctive practitioner-focused program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which recognizes programs that meet or exceed the highest standards for counselor preparation.

Adler University is a nationally recognized pioneer in graduate education, training clinicians who work to build and maintain bridges across social, economic, cultural, racial, and political systems through their practice. Our learning environment is collaborative and community-oriented, bringing together rigorous coursework with real-world experience.

Licensure

Licensure

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.
Dual Degree

Dual Degree

M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling / M.S. Sport & Human Performance
Adler University’s unique M.S. Sport & Human Performance / M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling dual degree program prepares graduates to work with a range of clients who struggle with everything from chronic mental illness to achieving peak performance and utilizing the sport platform to promote social justice. This unique Dual Degree program provides students a comprehensive foundation in clinical mental health counseling as well as mental skills training that leads to psychological well-being and optimal performance allowing for a range of dynamic career paths.

M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling / M.A. Forensic Mental Health Leadership
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. Our M.A. in Forensic Mental Health Leadership / M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling dual degree 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.

Learning Format

Learning Format

Through the Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program on-campus modality, students can complete the program in 2 years on a full-time basis or through a more flexible part-time schedule.

Most classes are offered in a traditional classroom format; however, to meet the needs of students with different life demands, classes are also available in weekend, evening, online and blended (partially online) settings.

The online modality of our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed for students who want to complete the program in a distance learning format. All courses will be delivered online using the university’s learning management system. In addition to online engagement and learning, four courses will have face-to-face teaching and evaluation components required prior to entering practicum, which will be conducted during a 5-day residency week during the first and second years. The courses include:

  • Counseling Skills (First-year Residency)
  • Counseling Multicultural Communities (First-year Residency)
  • Group Counseling (Second-year Residency)
  • Treatment Planning & Intervention (Second-year Residency)

Chicago Campus

Located in the heart of the city, the Adler Chicago campus was designed to provide and inspire the learning and living experience. To that end, we have created an environment that caters to your mental, emotional and intellectual growth. Our classrooms are bright and spacious with windows to the outside world. Our technology is the very latest and best. In our Library, you will find every resource you need to research, form and shape your journey. At Adler, we have made it our mission to create a space with more than enough room to share your thoughts and flex your intellect.

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