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
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.
Application to the Counseling Program is made in the spring for fall admission. Candidates wishing to apply to the counseling program must submit a completed application to the Graduate School office no later than February 15th. To be officially admitted to the Counseling Program, applicants must first meet all general requirements for admission to the UTC Graduate School. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate (also known as a bachelor's) degree before beginning graduate school work. All forms and materials should be submitted directly to the Graduate School. Until fully admitted, students will not be allowed to register for core Counseling Program courses. Prior to admission into the Counseling Program, students may register for EPSY 5010 Methods of Educational Research. No applicant will be admitted to the Counseling Program with conditional admission status. In addition to regular graduate admission requirements, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Submit a score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) within the last five years.
- Provide 2-3 professional and/or academic recommendations pertaining to the candidate’s potential as a counselor.
- Submit a résumé reflecting professional experience and volunteer work, related to the helping profession.
- Submit a two-page typewritten biographical sketch indicating the motivation to become a counselor.
- The applicant must attend an admission workshop that includes a group interview with faculty and pass a writing proficiency exam. After the interview and writing exam, candidates will be notified in writing as to their acceptance in the program. No oral confirmations of admission status will be provided.
(also displayed in the program catalog)
|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 5500||Perspectives in Human Sexuality for Counselors|
|COUN 5997||Independent Study|
Minimum degree requirements
Requirements for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program Master’s of Education includes earning a minimum of 60 semester hours of course credit, including the core counseling courses and successful completion of 700 hours of clinical placement in the field, successful completion of professional fitness evaluations by program core faculty, a completion of exit examination processes (including completion of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), a final theories paper with an embedded case study, and satisfactory formative reviews from university and site supervisors), and adhere to the Continuation Standard. Students must maintain a 3.0 to remain enrolled in the UTC Graduate School and the Counselor Education program. A grade of C or Unsatisfactory in a course will require that a student repeat the course. Students who earn two Cs will be dismissed from the UTC Graduate School and Counselor Education graduate program.
Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam
The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) 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.
Please contact Dr. Kevin Doyle, he is the Coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.
The following agencies are responsible for accrediting the UTC Counseling Programs,
a quality education for the students in that program: CACREP (through March 31, 2020) and CAEP.