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School Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Statement of purpose

This area of study prepares counseling professionals to provide therapeutic services to individuals who seek relief from problems that vary from everyday worries and concerns to significant mental, behavioral, and relational problems. Graduates are prepared to work with community clients who are experiencing mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, disruptive behavioral problems, substance abuse, and excessive stress, using individual or group counseling formats.

Program overview

In addition to the common core of helping skills and professional preparation courses, coursework for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) track includes training in proper diagnostic techniques and procedures, comprehensive treatment planning, theoretical applications to various client problems, and a range of courses designed to help students develop skills in working with specific populations or in specific counseling approaches (e.g., substance abuse, counseling children, counseling adolescents, and spirituality in counseling, motivational interviewing). Courses are designed to incorporate both research and practical application, keeping consistent with the scientist-practitioner philosophy of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development. This program of study meets the requirements for applying as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Maine.  Passing the NBCC is a graduation requirement.

Potential career areas

Students who specialize in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling  track will be prepared to practice counseling in community settings including inpatient, outpatient, and private practice. Many of our CMHC graduates work for agencies that specialize in working with a certain problem or population (e.g., substance abuse settings, child and adolescent counseling). Through internship and practicum experiences, CMHC students will be exposed to a wide variety of settings and client issues to help them clarify their career path in clinical mental health counseling.

Courses for Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Core Courses

Specialized and Elective Courses

Supervised Practicum and Internships

Course Sequence for 2014 Cohort (6 credits per regular semester)

Mental Health Counseling Concentration

Summer 2015

CEC 523 Use of Standardized Tests and Inventories
CEC 559 Counseling for Career Development

Fall 2015

CEC 520 Multicultural and Social Foundations of Counseling
CEC 585 Substance Abuse

Spring 2016

CEC 557 Intro to Play Therapy
EDS 510 Intro to Educational Research

Summer 2016

CEC 560 Pre-practicum
(Elective of Choice)

Fall 2016

CEC 655 Individual Counseling Practicum
CEC 552 Effective Group Work

Spring 2017

CEC 690 Counselor Education Internship
CEC 549 Developmental Theories in Counseling

Summer 2017

CEC 690 Counselor Education Internship
(Elective of Choice)

Fall 2017

CEC 690 Counselor Education Internship
(Elective of Choice)


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Contact Information

College of Education and Human Development
5766 Shibles Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.2441
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System