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Masters in Mental Health Counseling

Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling Program Overview

The University of Providence Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program prepares students for exciting careers as professional counselors. The graduate program’s specialty is clinical mental health counseling with concentrations in Addictions counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling in order to become a licensed professional counselor.

The content and clinical hours of the degree program are structured to prepare students for the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), and to provide the necessary educational courses and supervision required for licensure in the State of Montana. The NCE is accepted for licensure in all 50 states. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam (NCE) through the National Board for Certified Counselors. Once the program is completed, students can explore various avenues of employment as professional counselors ranging from private pratices and clinical practice to licensed mental health counselors in a hospital setting.

The program is motivated by the mission of the Sisters of Providence to provide healing, education and service to all, with a special concern for those who are poor and vulnerable, and to make the world a more just, peaceful and loving place for all.

This mission is applied by program faculty as they use teaching, scholarship and supervision to cultivate in students the standards for ethical conduct, the integration of scholarship and practice, interpersonal openness, lifelong learning, and respect for and value of all individuals.

The program is welcoming of a diverse student body with no respect to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Program Curriculum

 
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Concentrations

This online mental health counseling program offers two concentrations within the MSC Curriculum:

Addiction Counseling Concentration

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration

 

Skills You’ll Learn

In this masters in counseling program, you will learn invaluable counseling skills such as:

  • Competencies in diagnosis and assessment
  • Evaluating the mental health needs of clients and patients
  • Evidence based counseling techniques
  • Communication and listening skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Develop therapeutic relationships
  • Develop mental health diagnoses and treatment plans
  • Interact in a culturally sensitive context
  • Apply a broad range of mental health knowledge in a professional, ethical, and culturally sensitive way

 

Program Outcomes

Students will complete the program prepared to function as a professional, ethical, and culturally competent mental health counselor and learn the proper competencies to prepare for the CACREP in order to receive their accredidation of counseling.

 

Scholarship Opportunities

At this time, there are no scholarships available for this online mental health counseling degree. However, Providence employees can receive up to 50% off tuition with our partnership rate.

Program Details

Program Format
  • Six fifteen-week semesters plus two three-credit summer courses of online courses for traditional and non-traditional students
  • Three face-to-face clinical skill development courses in blocks of four days during each of the first four semesters
  • Sixty (60) credit hours of courses specific to clinical mental health counseling, including required practicum and internship experiences
  • Cohort model – students gain a sense of community and individual attention as they progress through the program with the same group of students
  • Face-to-face/Online program orientation prior to the start of the program
  • New cohorts begin in August each year
Accreditation

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), granted accreditation to the Department of Counseling at University of Providence: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.) effective July 31, 2017.

The graduate program is also accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

Counseling program have successfully completed the review from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Graduate students in the Counseling program (Clinical Rehabilitation concentration) at the University of Providence qualify for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCs) exam under Category 3.

MSC Curriculum– Addiction Counseling Concentration
Year 1

Fall:

MSC 500 Professional Orientation and Ethics 3 credits ASY
MSC 512 Theories of Counseling 3 credits ASY
MSC 517 Techniques of Counseling 3 credits HYB (4 days)

After successfully completing this semester, student applies for full candidacy in the program.

Spring:

MSC 516 Graduate Research Methods and Statistics 3 credits ASY
MSC 553 Counseling the Addicted Client 3 credits ASY
MSC 617 Advanced Techniques of Counseling 3 credits HYB (4 days)

 

Summer:

MSC 511 Alcohol and Drug Studies 3 credits ASY

 

Year 2

Fall:

MSC 529 Development across the Lifespan 3 credits ASY
MSC 508 Psychopathology 3 credits ASY
MSC 606 Multicultural Competence 3 credits ASY

Spring:

MSC 604 Career Counseling 3 credits ASY
MSC 695 Practicum (240 hours) 3 credits ASY
MSC 607 Group Counseling 3 credits HYB (4 days)

During spring semester, student applies for advanced candidacy.

 

Summer:

MSC 515 Standardized Testing & Individual Assessment 3 credits                         ASY

 

Year 3

Fall:

MSC 527 Evidence Based Practice & Program Eval. 3 credits ASY
MSC 696 Internship I (300 hours) 3 credits ASY
MSC 620 Gambling & Gambling Disorders 3 credits ASY

Spring:

MSC 520 Crisis Planning and Intervention 3 credits ASY
MSC 697 Internship II 3 credits ASY
MSC 630 Medical Info for Counselors 3 credits ASY

Total credits: 60

MSC Curriculum– Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration
Year 1

Fall

MSC 500 Professional Orientation and Ethics 3 credits ASY
MSC 512 Theories of Counseling 3 credits ASY
MSC 517 Techniques of Counseling 3 credits HYB (4 days)

After successfully completing this semester, student applies for full candidacy in the program.

Spring

MSC 516 Graduate Research Methods and Statistics 3 credits ASY
MSC 553 Counseling the Addicted Client 3 credits ASY
MSC 617 Advanced Techniques of Counseling 3 credits HYB (4 days)

Summer

MSC 507 Intro to Rehab Counseling 2 credits ASY
MSC 518 Rehabilitation Services Delivery Setting 1 credit ASY
Year 2

Fall

MSC 529 Development across the Lifespan 3 credits ASY
MSC 508 Psychopathology 3 credits ASY
MSC 606 Multicultural Competence 3 credits ASY

Spring

MSC 604 Career Counseling 3 credits ASY
MSC 695 Practicum (240 hours) 3 credits ASY
MSC 607 Group Counseling 3 credits HYB (4 days)

During spring semester, student applies for advanced candidacy.

Summer

MSC 515 Standardized Testing & Individual Assessment 3 credits ASY
Year 3

Fall

MSC 527 Evidence Based Practice & Program Evaluation 3 credits ASY
MSC 696 Internship I (300 hours) 3 credits ASY
MSC 621 Psych Aspects of Disability 2 credits ASY
MSC 635 Job development and placement in Rehabilitation Counseling 1 credit ASY

Spring

MSC 520 Crisis Planning and Intervention 3 credits ASY
MSC 697 Internship II 3 credits ASY
MSC 698 Integrative Project II or MSC 699 Thesis II 3 credits ASY

Total credits: 60

Additional Program Information

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MSC-Program-Report-2019-2020

Retention Rate: 90%
Average Time to Complete the Program: 3 years
Employment Settings: Community mental health settings, schools, inpatient units, intensive outpatient units, crisis counseling, and private practice.
Licensure Eligibility: License for Professional Counselors (LPC/LCPC). Requirements vary by state
NCE Passing Rates: All students who took the NCE exam immediately upon graduating during the 2017-2018 academic year passed the exam. Recent changes in the rules governing eligibility to take the licensure exam at the state level in Montana have also made it possible for students to take the exam at the end of their final year in the MSC program.
Accreditation Status: Accredited by CACREP through 2025.
Annual Fall Enrollment: 24 (new and continuing)
Predicted Job Outlook: (2014-2024) Nineteen percent (19%) increase, compared to 7% expected increase in total US jobs. The field of counseling will see over 30% growth in the next ten years. (Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long will it take to complete the clinical mental health degree?

While you can complete the program at your own pace, the average time to complete our online clinical mental health counseling program is three years.

What kind of jobs can you get with a clinical mental health degree?

Typical jobs in clinical mental health vary, but some common jobs are:

  • Community mental health settings
  • School counselor
  • Inpatients units
  • Intensives outpatient units
  • Crisis counseling
  • Private practice
Is this an accredited program?

This program is accredited by CACREP through 2025.

What’s the program retention rate?

Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has a retention rate of 90%.

What is the NCE passing rate for this program?

All students who took the NCE exam immediately upon graduating during the 2017-2018 academic year passed the exam. Recent changes in the rules governing eligibility to take the licensure exam at the state level in Montana have also made it possible for students to take the exam at the end of their final year in the MSC program.

When I decided to pursue a graduate degree in counseling with specialty in clinical mental health, I looked at several programs throughout the state and nation. I felt that UP would provide high quality academics while offering the convenience of few face-to-face and online classes. The faculty members at UP strongly advocate for the students and work tirelessly to ensure their success. The cohort style learning allows students to enjoy an atmosphere of support while developing lasting friendships. I feel confident that my experience at UP will provide a solid foundation to be successful in my career field after I graduate.
Kelli Smith
Alumni
I was drawn to apply for graduate school at the University of Providence due to the online flexibility and academic rigor of the CACREP accredited MSC program. In addition to programming I love, I've also had the benefit of incredible professors dedicated to supporting my success. The MSC faculty sets a high standard for academic excellence, while also working with individual students to ensure that each achieves his or her personal best. As a working professional, balancing school and daily life is challenging--but it's worth it! I am grateful for the tremendous opportunities for personal and professional growth available to me through the University of Providence.
Brittn Grey
Interim Executive Director, Global and Domestic Engagement at Providence
Attending the University of Providence (UP) was always a clear choice for me: top-notch education in a military and Veteran-friendly institution. The community of UP is special. It is a kinship shared among closely knit student cohorts, staff, and faculty.
Vanessa Labarge

Sachin Jain, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Counseling / Program Director for MSC
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Sylvia Lindinger-Sternart, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Counseling
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Jared Roberts, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Counseling
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