Clinical Experience, Flexible Course Delivery
Earn your master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) through a nationally recognized program that will prepare you for career success. In the CMHC program at UNC, you’ll gain skills to work with children, youth and adults via intense academic preparation, clinical training with live supervision and feedback, and extensive field experience opportunities. You’ll work closely with dedicated, knowledgeable and approachable faculty who bring diverse research and professional clinical experiences to the classroom. You’ll also benefit from a wide range of networking opportunities that will help you to get established in the field.
Whether you're a full-time graduate student or plan to continue employment as you pursue your master’s degree, we have an option to meet your needs. Our Greeley campus, which includes our state-of-the-art Psychological Services Clinic, offers a more traditional graduate school experience in a semester-long format. Our Denver and Colorado Springs centers offer a more flexible delivery in a weekend-based format, specifically developed for working professionals. All three are parallel programs in all other ways: offering the same courses, taught by the same instructors, with the same course requirements and assignments.
In addition to the standard track preparation for licensure as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) offered on all three campuses, students at the Greeley and Denver campuses can take additional coursework that prepares them to meet requirements to become licensed as an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist).
This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), enabling you to become a Nationally Certified Counselor when you graduate, and ensuring that foundational academic requirements are met for licensure across the nation.
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With a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UNC, you’ll be ready to provide a full range of professional Clinical services for individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children. Our graduates go on to work in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, mental health care agencies, hospitals, university counseling centers and residential treatment centers.
Consider UNC's M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling if you:
- Like working with diverse populations
- Enjoy helping others grow and develop
- Are a working professional or full-time graduate student
- Excel in small classes with personal interaction with peers, doctoral students and faculty
- Individual and group counseling skills
- Diagnosis and treatment planning
- Current counseling theories and treatment approaches
- Historical and current trends in clinical mental health counseling
- Ethical and legal aspects of clinical mental health counseling
- Theories of Counseling
- Practicum in Individual Counseling
- Understanding and Counseling Diverse Populations
- Psychological Consultation: Theory and Practice
- Family Systems
- Life Span Developmental Psychology
Lu Tian, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision
Where can your degree take you?
With a projected growth rate of almost 30 percent, Mental Health Counseling is one of the few fields in the nation predicted to grow at almost three times the rate of other jobs in the coming years. Our graduates work in community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, health care facilities and residential treatment centers. Others have established thriving private practices.