Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Science

DescriptionDegree OptionsAdmissions Requirements
The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare students to function as licensed clinical mental health counselors. It provides the educational requirements outlined by the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice as requisite to attaining mental health counseling licensures. PSU’s mental health counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Students should note that there are significant post-degree requirements to undertake prior to being licensed, listed below in the Licensure Requirements section.

Clinical Experiences:  Practicum & Internship

Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must successfully complete a 100-hour Practicum and 600-hour Internship in a mental health counseling setting. Students can choose to remain in one setting or split their time between two settings, though most students prefer to stay at the same setting. A mental health provider licensed under the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice will be designated to provide individual supervision at the internship site on a weekly basis. Students interning out of state need to be supervised by mental health providers licensed in the state in which they are practicing. In addition to their field experience, students are required to attend a weekly University-based internship seminar. Typically, the practicum occurs over one semester, and the internship over two semesters. Students must complete their internship experience within two calendar years.  New Hampshire state licensure law only requires 600 hours of internship, but students may choose to complete a 900 hour internship to meet the requirements of other states (such as Maine).

Comprehensive Assessment

Clinical mental health counseling students demonstrate mastery of all specialty competencies through completion of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).

Licensure Requirements

Licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in New Hampshire has three main requirements.  The first is the completion of a 60 credit masters degree in clinical mental health counseling, ideally from a CACREP-accredited program.  The second is the successful completion of the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE), which is taken after degree completion.  The third and final requirement is the completion of 3000 hours of post-masters clinical work in a counseling environment, which must occur over 2-4 years, be supervised by a LCMHCE, and be pre-approved by the NH Board of Mental Health Practice. Additional rules, forms, and details can be found on the NH Board of Mental Health Practice website at the following link:  https://www.oplc.nh.gov/mental-health/

Each state has its own licensure rules, although most follow this general structure.  For more information, please contact the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program coordinator, Dr. Mike Mariska.

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students can complete the 63 credit MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling by itself or add one of the following concentrations:

Addictions Treatment
Couples and Family Therapy
Eating Disorders Institute
Organizational Approaches to Transformation and Healing (OATH)
Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing (PATH)
Play Therapy
Admissions requirements for the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • 3.0 or better in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • Participation in the Group Interview
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee

CMHC Course Offerings 2017-2018

This is a tentative schedule that is subject to change

 

Course Number Course Title Credits Prerequisites Terms Offered Day/Time offered
 

CO 5010

 

Professional Orientation, Ethics, and Advocacy

 

 

3

 

None

F, Sp T: 3:30-6:00

S: 9:00-4:30

 

CO 5020

 

Counseling Skills

 

 

3

 

CO 5010

F, SP, Su W: 6:30-9:00
 

CO 5040

 

Social Behavior and Diversity

 

 

3

 

None

 

F, Sp R: 6:30-9:00

S: 9:00-3:00

 

CO 5050

 

Advanced Human Development

 

 

3

 

None

F, Sp, Su Blended/Hybrid

T: 12:30-3:00

 

 

CO 5070

 

Research Design for the Helping Professions

 

 

3

 

CO 5010

(or coreq)

F, Sp, Su Blended/Hybrid

T: 6:30-9:00

 

CO 5230

 

Career Counseling and Development

 

 

3

 

None

Sp, Su Blended/Hybrid

S: 8:30-12:00

 

CO 5260

 

Theories of Counseling and Personality

 

 

3

 

None

F, Sp, Su M: 3:30-6:00
 

CO 5430

 

Assessment for Counselors

 

 

3

 

CO 5010

Sp, Su R: 3:30-6:00
 

CO 5460

 

Group Counseling

 

 

3

 

CO 5010 & CO 5260

 

Sp, Su M: 6:30-9:00
 

CO 5100

 

Practicum

 

 

3

 

All Required Courses & Intent to Enroll Form

 

Fa, Sp W: 3:30-6:00 or 6:30-9:00
 

CO 5130

 

Psychopharmacology and the Biological Basis of Mental Health

 

 

3

 

None

Sp, Su W: 3:30-6:00
 

CO 5600

 

Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 

 

3

 

CO 5010

F M: 6:30-9:00
 

CO 5670

 

Working with Children and Families

 

3

CO 5010, 5260 Sp W: 3:30-6:00
 

CO 5710

 

Crisis and Trauma Counseling

 

3

CO 5010  

F

M: 6:30-9:00
 

CO 5720

 

Addictions and Related Disorders

 

 

3

 

CO 5010

Sp S: 9:00-5:00

W: 3:30-6:00

 

CO 5770

 

Psychopathology: Disorders of Childhood, Adolescence, and Adulthood

 

 

3

 

None

F, Su Blended/Hybrid

W: 3:30-6:00

 

CO 5790

 

Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning

 

3

CO 5020, 5260, & 5770 F Blended/Hybrid

6:30-9:00

 

CO 5880

 

Seminar and Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 

3

 

All required courses and Practicum

 

F, Sp, Su M: 6:30-9:00
 

Counselor Ed Core Credits

 

30

 

 

CMHC Specialty Credits

 

27-30

 

 

Elective Credits

 

3-6

 

 

Total Credits Required for CMHC Degree

 

63