As a clinical mental health counselor, you will focus on promoting the mental health of individuals, families, groups and organizations in a diverse society. Our program will prepare you for professional and ethical practice through a comprehensive understanding of social justice, advocacy and diversity, as well as human growth and development, career development, assessment and research, and program evaluation.


Stephens College Counseling Center

The Stephens College Counseling Center (SCCC) offers a unique on-campus training clinic for students in the clinical mental health counseling concentration area.

At the SCCC, counseling students provide counseling services to Stephens' full-time undergraduate and graduate students under the supervision of counseling faculty and licensed site supervisors from Burrell Behavioral Health as part of a larger campus focus on wellness.


Career Outlook

Completing the CMHC track will prepare you to counsel in a wide range of settings including mental health agencies, family counseling centers, private practices, hospitals, residential treatment centers, correctional settings, employee assistance programs, and even private practice. In general, employment opportunities for counselors in all areas are expected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026. Some areas, like addictions counseling, are expected to grow at an even faster rate.

Read more about the job outlook.

Please note completion of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track automatically satisfies Missouri’s educational requirements for LPC licensure.


Coursework Overview

Emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 credit hours)

Required Core Counseling Courses (33 credit hours):

COUN 500 Counselor as a Professional

COUN 505 Theories & Techniques in Counseling

COUN 515 Psychological Diagnostics & Treatment Planning

COUN 520 Group Procedures

COUN 526 Ethics for CMHC

COUN 540 Assessment

COUN 545 Advanced Human Development

COUN 550 Career Development

COUN 555 Multicultural Issues

COUN 560 Research Methods

COUN 590 Introduction to Substance Abuse & Process Addictions


Additional Required Subject Areas (9 credit hours):

COUN 530 The Practice of Counseling

COUN 630 Advanced Crisis Intervention in Counseling

COUN 575 Human Sexuality in Counseling


Required Field Experience Courses (9 credit hours):

COUN 602 Counseling Practicum (100 hrs)

COUN 607 Clinical Mental Health Internship I (300 hrs)

COUN 608 Clinical Mental Health Internship II (300 hrs)


Electives, Additional three courses (9 credit hours) choose from:

MFT 500 Foundations MFT

MFT 510 Theories & Techniques of MFT

MFT 520 Family Life Cycle

COUN 600 Child & Adolescent Therapies

COUN 591 Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse

COUN 592 Assessment of Substance Abuse & Process Addictions


*All M.Ed. Counseling students are required to take INT090G Orientation for 0.5 credit hours and COUN 690 Capstone for 1.5 credit hours.

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M.Ed. in Counseling

Dr. Dan Kissinger,
Counseling Program Director

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