Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is intended for two distinct groups of counselors who aspire to be leaders in the field of mental health counseling:

  • Those who hold a counseling master’s degree that does not meet the educational requirements for licensure as a clinical mental health counselor in New Hampshire:
    The individuals may be able to meet their educational licensure requirements through the CAGS concentration in Mental Health Counseling. This program allows counselors with specializations in other areas such as school, or rehabilitation to gain the specialized academic and field experiences required for clinical mental health counseling.
  • Already licensed clinical mental health counselors: The CAGS contains coursework targeted at leadership issues applicable to mental health counseling settings. The CAGS concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers the opportunity for counselors who are already licensed or license-eligible to further their education and take specialized coursework in areas that will expand their areas of expertise.

Use the Course Planning Matrix to see when Clinical Mental Health Counseling courses will be offered.

Counselor Education Component – 9 credits

Clinical Mental Health Component – 24-27 credits

Total for CAGS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – minimum 33-36 credits

Note: Those seeking alternative routes to licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor should consult an advisor to develop an individual program of study to progress toward that goal. This consultation is needed to assure that students address needed content areas between the previous degree and the CAGS. In some cases additional courses may be required, while in other cases some of the competencies may already have been met and more electives may be possible within the 33-credit minimum. While program faculty offer advising, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to thoroughly review New Hampshire law and the administrative rules outlined by the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice to determine steps necessary for licensure in the state.

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