Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical training and research skills along the lines of the scientist-practitioner model to prepare them to work in a variety of counseling and mental health settings and for acceptance into a doctoral program in psychology. Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree also prepares students to become licensed professional counselors.
Train professional mental health counselors who are dedicated to integrating their Christian faith in providing evidence-based, holistic counseling services and to assist diverse individuals and groups to achieve wellness and mental health across the lifespan.
The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Evangel University is designed to prepare students to become licensed professional counselors. Courses are offered during afternoons and evenings in the fall, spring and summer semesters. The program has seven objectives:
- Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and practice of integrating Christian values with clinical mental health counseling.
- Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and practice of ethical, legal and professional responsibilities as it pertains to clinical mental health counseling.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of counseling theory, human development, career development, psychopathology and evidence based interventions for the purpose of assisting clients towards improved mental health, wellness, and achievement of career/educational goals.
- Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills to administer, score and interpret relevant counselor-based assessment instruments.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research theory and demonstrate skills necessary to design, conduct, and analyze research and evaluate programs.
- Display an appreciation for and sensitivity to the unique characteristics and heritage of people of diverse cultures and value systems.
- Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills needed to develop report, interview, assess, intervene and treat both individuals and groups in counseling.
|Program||Daytime Courses||Evening Courses||Online Courses||Starting Semester|
|Clinical Mental Health Counseling||Yes||Yes||No||Fall|
Program Plan (pdf)
|Want to see exactly what classes you will take? The Program Plan (sometimes called a degree sheet) includes all specific requirements - including University proficiencies, Frameworks courses and degree requirements.|
Each of Evangel's academic programs is made up of a set of core curriculum, program requirements and electives. The courses listed below are just a small sample of courses that might be taken as a part of this specific program.
The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires 60 credit hours. Below is a sample of the classes you will take. For a full list of courses, see the Program Plan (pdf).
|Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling||This course provides an introduction to professional issues in clinical mental health counseling. Topics include the history and philosophy of the counseling profession, the professional identity and role of the clinical mental health counselor, the public and private practice of mental health counseling as well as crisis intervention and general framework of consultation. Students will be challenged to consider the role of their Christian faith and life experiences as a foundation for a personal call to clinical mental health counseling.|
|Integration of Christianity and Counseling Profession||This course is designed to facilitate the student's integration of the Christian faith with professional counseling practice at the personal, theoretical, and pragmatic level. This course will address the application of spiritual disciplines to facilitate personal spiritual growth. Students will engage in thoughtful discourse to integrate Christian theology with the science of psychology and counseling. A theistic model for counseling will be explored in conjunction with the application of spiritual assessments and spiritually focused interventions.|
|Helping Relationships and Clinical Intervention||This course is designed to expose the student to theoretical and practical helping skills necessary for clinical practice in a multicultural society. It is a didactic and experiential course aimed at the developmental process of "becoming a counselor". Helping skills include core communication and listening skills, diagnostic interviewing, crisis intervention, basic treatment planning, and basic assessments. Role plays will be the context for skill development as well as fostering the student's self-awareness.|
|History and Theories of Counseling||This course examines the major classical and contemporary theories of counseling and psychotherapy. It provides an overview and evaluation of major approaches practiced in the counseling psychology field, including historical antecedents and significant theorists representing these approaches. Each theory is critically examined for its key theoretical constructs, personality formation, development of pathology, therapeutic processes (what produces change/healing), the nature of the client-therapist relationship, and its effectiveness. The purpose of this examination is to move students towards a personal model of therapy that reflects and integrates the present research regarding points of convergence and their own philosophy of life or worldview.|
|Counseling with Diverse Populations||This course is designed to challenge students to become ethical, effective, and multicultural competent counselors. Multicultural thinking is seen as an ongoing developmental process. Emphasis is placed on three dimensions of multicultural competence: (1) awareness of one's own cultures, biases, and values (2) knowledge of others' cultures and (3) skills in counseling, as supported by relevant research, commitment to continuing education, supervision, and advocating for and with diverse populations.|
Evangel University's world-class faculty is made up of caring, Christian professionals who are distinguished in their fields and dedicated to the development of tomorrow's Christian leaders.
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors
- Addiction Treatment Centers
- Church or para church Counseling Centers
- Community Mental Health Centers
- Correctional Facilities
- Non-Profit Agencies
- Private Practice
Disclosure Statement & Licensure
Enrollment in the CMHC program does not guarantee qualification for professional licensure. It is the sole responsibility of the student, not the program, to obtain information regarding prerequisites for licensure as outlined by their particular state board of counseling or department of education.
Before enrolling in the CMHC program at Evangel University, students should consult the rules and regulations regarding licensure for their particular state. More specifically, students should be aware of the following before enrolling:
- State regulations regarding the number of academic courses and practicum/internship hours.
- The state accreditation requirements for educational institutions.
To view the licensure board in your state, please visit The National Board for Certified Counselors
- 9 pre-requisite credits in Psychology including statistics
- APA writing sample
The following are general requirements for all students beginning a program at Evangel. Applicants who have met the following criteria will be considered for admission to the Graduate Studies program:
- Hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- Have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or last two years as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student.
- Provide official results of required entrance examinations.
- Meet specific departmental requirements as stipulated in the individual program descriptions.
If you have any questions about admissions requirements for Evangel’s Graduate Studies program, don’t hesitate to call 417-865-2815 (ext. 7229) or email our Graduate Studies Admissions Counselor.