Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

The concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is primarily designed for those persons who wish to pursue employment in a clinical mental health setting and pursue licensure as a professional counselor. The 60 credit program is a basis for preparation for the requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor in the State of Tennessee.

Methods of instruction in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program include: classroom teaching/lecture, student led presentations, hybridized course delivery with content pushed out to students, engaging with the institution’s learning management system, Blackboard, independent reading and research, and clinical placements in the appropriate field setting. In accordance with established graduate school matriculation policies, known in the Graduate Catalog as “Continuation Standards” students are expected to maintain a B average in order to remain in the program. Students who earn a C in one class must repeat it for a better grade. Earning two Cs will result in program dismissal.

Core Courses
EPSY 5010   Methods of Educational Research
COUN 5020    Introduction to the Counseling Profession
COUN 5100   Ethics and Professional Issues in Counseling
COUN 5430   Theories of Human Development
COUN 5440   Theories and Techniques of Counseling
COUN 5450   Counseling Skills
COUN 5470   Group Counseling
COUN 5480   Measurements and Assessments in Counseling
COUN 5490   Career Development and Counseling
COUN 5610   Seminar in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN 5630   Introduction to Counseling Supervision
COUN 5750   Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders
COUN 5760   Theory and Practice in Multicultural Counseling
COUN 5550   Counseling Practicum
COUN 5590/5720   Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Elective courses (3 hours required)
COUN 5510   Crisis Counseling and Suicidology
COUN 5520    Addictions Counseling
COUN 5530   Family Counseling I
COUN 5540   Counseling Children and Adolescents
COUN 5620   Seminar in School Counseling
COUN 5640   Introduction to Play Therapy
COUN 5680   Couples Counseling
COUN 5780   Advanced Family Counseling
COUN 5030   Selected Topics in Counseling
COUN 5997   Independent Study


Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) 

The comprehensive exam is an exit examination required of all master’s degree students. It is ordinarily taken during the student’s last semester of study in the program. The purpose of the exam is to assess the student’s knowledge of counseling to ensure minimum competence in the field. The CPCE will also provide collective feedback that can be used by the program in developing /adapting curriculum.

Dr. Elizabeth O'Brien is the Coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.