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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Program Coordinator, Atsuko Seto                          CACREP Logo
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Degree Program: Master of Arts in Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program within the MA degree programs in Counselor Education has options for Generalist Practice or Addiction Counseling. Depending on the option chosen, Clinical Mental Health Counseling students are prepared for counseling and/or supervisory positions in community and government agencies, higher education, business and substance abuse.

Prior to the beginning of the program students attend an orientation and have access to a Student Manual which details the curriculum, policies and procedures of the program. In addition, during their program of study, students attend a clinical orientation and receive a Clinical Manual prior to enrolling in the clinical sequence of the program in order to prepare them for this capstone experience.

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Degree Program: Master of Arts in Counselor Education (COUN_MA_02)

The Department of Counselor Education at The College of New Jersey has been continuously accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since 1991.  TCNJ’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited until October 31, 2030.

Students within this program can choose to take electives in addiction counseling that would meet the educational requirements for licensure as both a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in New Jersey.  Likewise, if students are interested in general practice as a mental health counselor, then they may pursue the same by taking a variety of elective courses with their core mental health counseling coursework.  This general practice option would meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in New Jersey.

The 60-Credit Masters-Degree Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling consists of the following coursework:

Required Core Courses (33 credits)

COUN 501:Introduction to Counseling (3 credits)

COUN 515:Statistics and Research in Counseling (3 credits)

EPSY 520:Fundamentals of Human Development (3 credits)

COUN 530:Multicultural Counseling (3 credits)

COUN 535:Career Counseling (3 credits)

COUN 670:Counseling Theory and Techniques (3 credits)

COUN 675:Group Counseling (3 credits)

EPSY 643:Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling (3 credits)

COUN 690:Practicum Seminar (3 credits)

COUN 693:Internship Seminar (6 credits)

The requirements for COUN 693 may be met by taking COUN 694 and COUN 695,

which are each 3 credit Internship Seminar courses)

Required Courses in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (15 credits)

COUN 545:   Community Agency Counseling (3 credits)

COUN 551:   Substance Abuse and Addiction: Individual, Family and Society (3 credits)

COUN 555:   Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (3 credits)

COUN 600: Introduction to Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and Therapy (3 credits)

COUN 605: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)

Elective Coursework (12 credits)

General Practice Electives (for LPC):

Any 4 elective courses in counseling (12 credits) OR

*Substance Abuse and Addiction Electives (for LCADC and/or LPC):

COUN 552: Prevention Strategies for Schools and Communities (3 credits)

COUN 553:   Treating Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders (3 credits)

Two elective courses in counseling (6 credits)

(*For student specializing in Addiction Counseling, 300 hours of the total 720 clock hours of clinical work for the practicum/internship experiences must be specific to substance abuse and addiction counseling work)