Mental Health Counseling

The mission of the mental health counseling concentration program is to develop highly skilled counselors who are prepared to meet the mental health needs of their diverse communities in ways that promote social change and social justice. Counselors will develop self-awareness, empathic and empowering attitudes, and an understanding of a broad range of counseling principles and skills to bridge theory and effective practice.

Mental health counseling meets the current education requirements for state licensure, including an internship. However, this program does not automatically confer status as a licensed mental health counselor.

It is the responsibility of you, the student, to keep current with all state requirements to become a licensed mental health counselor, including post-graduate supervised experience, and to pass the state licensing examination for your state.

Download the mental health counseling brochure here.

Careers

The employment of mental health counselors is projected to grow 29 percent over the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Due in part to the fact that mental health counseling services are now more often covered by insurance, the demand for master’s level counselors is very strong.

The master’s in human services with a concentration in mental health counseling prepares you to pursue licensing as a mental health counseling. However, this program does not automatically confer status as a licensed mental health counselor. It is the student’s responsibility to keep current with state requirements for licensure.

Graduates of this concentration are mental health counselors, rehabilitation counselors, clinical psychologists in private practice, behavioral health nurses. They work in mental health centers, addiction treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, and in other public, private, for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Internships

Recent internships for mental health counseling students include counseling centers, family service agencies, rehabilitation centers, hospice facilities, medical centers, women and children’s crisis centers, schools, and other public and private community mental health facilities. The School of Professional and Continuing Studies has affiliation agreements with numerous organizations centered in and around its campus program locations. We will help you to find valuable internship experiences that will build your skills and hold your interest.

Weekend classes

Attend classes two weekends* per month allowing you to maintain your responsibilities to your work, family, and community while earning amaster’s degree. (*At the Tampa Bay campus, classes take place one long weekend per month, from Thursday through Sunday.)

High standards

Pride yourself on your program’s adherence to the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association and address cultural competency and social justice during your program.

Support for adults

Get the academic support you need as an adult from attentive faculty and staff of the Academic Success Center at your campus.

Licensing exam preparation

Prepare for the national licensing exam as part of your program.

An affordable degree

The combination of an accelerated format, affordable tuition, and staff to help you navigate the financial aid process makes this a surprisingly affordable program. 

Earning potential

Join other program graduates who have successful careers in agencies, private practice, schools, hospitals, or those who choose to go into private practice.

Student internships

Start making real change in the mental health field by providing compassion, guidance, and service to others in need during your internships.

Academic requirements

Complete the academic requirements to become eligible for licensure as a mental health counselor or professional counselor.

Web-enhanced classroom

Enrich your learning and résumé with an online classroom component that will strengthen the skills you need as a professional in the field

Outstanding faculty

Learn from faculty members who have and are working in the mental health field and are eager to share their experiences. 

Degree Requirements

  • Mental health counseling graduate students must earn a total of 60 credits to graduate that include 17 courses and four internships spread over six terms, each term being four months for a total of 24 months. 
  • A maximum of nine credits may be transferred from an accredited institution if a final grade of B or above was obtained, and if courses are consistent with concentration requirements.
  • The College authorizes the awarding of a Master of Science degree in Human Services for an approved "B" average or better.

Coursework

The mental health counseling concentration is a full-time only program. Daylong classes meet on weekends as assigned each term. All courses are three credits each, with the exception of the foundation courses, which are two credits each. The required foundation courses are common to all master's concentrations in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

 
Foundation Courses  
MCCP 625 Leadership: A Lifelong Journey Two credits
MCCP 626 Economics and Social Change Two credits
MCCP 628 Building Multicultural Organizations and Communities Two credits
Elective Courses  
MMHC 644 Counseling in Community Settings Three credits
MMHC 660 Treatment Modalities Three credits
MMHC 641 Human Sexuality Three credits
MMHC 612 Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Counselors  Three credits
MMHC 623 Crisis Counseling Interventions Three credits

Mental Health Counseling Practicum Requirement

Mental health counseling students are required to complete 1,000 hours of supervised work in an internship while enrolled in the master's program. There are four internships that are part of the curriculum, occurring in terms three through six. Therefore, students must complete 250 hours of supervised work for each of those four terms. The internships hours are in addition to the student's regular work hours. The table below shows the sequence of courses by term.

Curricular Sequence

Term One (11 credits)

MCCP 625 Leadership: A Lifelong Journey Two credits
MMHC 647 Counseling Theories Three credits
MMHC 667 Research and Evaluation Three credits
MMHC 613 Orientation and Ethical Practice Three credits

Term Two (11 credits)

MCCP 628 Building Multicultural Organizations and Communities Two credits
MMHC 617 Diagnosis and Psychopathology Three credits
MMHC 629 Counseling Skills and Modalities Three credits
MMHC 648 Multicultural and Diversity Counseling Three credits

Term Three (11 credits)

MCCP 626 Economics and Social Change Two credits
MMHC 627 Human Growth and Development Three credits
MMHC 639 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Treatment Three credits
MMHC 681 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum/Internship I Three credits

Term Four (nine credits)

MMHC 630 Group Counseling Skills Three credits
MMHC 635 Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling Three credits
MMHC 682 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II Three credits

Term Five (nine credits)

MMHC 683 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship III Three credits

Select two courses (six credits) from the following  

MMHC 641 Human Sexuality Three credits
MMHC 612 Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Counselors    Three credits
MMHC 623 Crisis Counseling Interventions Three credits
MMHC 644 Counseling in Community Settings Three credits
MMHC 660 Treatment Modalities Three credits

Term Six (9 credits)

MMHC 684 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship IV Three credits
MMHC 637 Psychological Testing and Assessment Three credits
MMHC 643 Career Development and Theory and Practice Three credits

Web-enhanced Learning

All School of Professional and Continuing Studies and mental health counseling courses have an online component. Moodle, the learning management system for Springfield College, allows students and instructors continue learning activities between class weekends. You must complete the online Moodle orientation to ensure your familiarity with this system. You can access the link entitled Moodle Student Orientation Courses that appears at the top left in all of your Moodle classrooms.

Due to this requirement, it is highly recommended that each student have his or her own personal computer with Internet access.

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