Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Mental health counselors provide treatment to individuals, families, couples, children and groups. They treat clients with a variety of conditions, including anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, stress and suicidal impulses. They also help with mental and emotional health issues and relationship problems. In UWS clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) program, the content and the process of learning are trauma-informed, with the recognition that a significant number of people, including students, have experienced trauma. Basic principles of trauma-informed care emphasized are safety, trustworthiness, transparency, support, mutuality, empowerment and awareness of the impact of culture.

The CMHC program emphasizes a systems approach in which students consider the influence of families, groups, teams and organizations on individual mental health and performance. They also incorporate sport and performance content into the curriculum. Courses use mental health trained actors who portray clients as part of a unique Standardized Patient program prior to clinical course work.

The program supports the mission of UWS with its focus on holistic wellness – the importance of functional improvement of the emotional, physical, social, spiritual and intellectual components of the self. The program is infused with course content that emphasizes curiosity about methods of treatment, trains students to properly refer to several types of providers and utilizes scientific information to support the value of the holistic approach.

UWS offers two distinct degrees within the clinical mental health counseling program: Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Education, Sport and Performance Specialization (EdD). Find out which degree is right for you.


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Master of Science (MS)

  • You want a counselor license.
  • You want to apply for clinical licensure in your state.
  • You do not want an EdD that focuses on both counseling and sport and performance psychology (students who complete the MS-CMHC are not eligible for the EdD-CMHC, SP specialization).
  • You want to start working as a professional counselor within two or three years.
  • You want to want to learn to assess, diagnose, plan treatment and treat mental health disorders.

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Doctor of Education (EdD)

  • You want a counselor license.
  • You want to apply for clinical licensure in your state.
  • You are interested in a degree that allows you to earn a master’s and doctorate in a shorter timeframe than you could earn them separately.
  • You do not have a master’s degree, and have at least a 3.3 GPA from your BS/BA – OR  – you do have a master’s degree (not in clinical mental health counseling), and have at least a 3.0 GPA from your MS/MA.
  • You are interested in a degree that prepares you for multiple income streams as a sport and performance consultant, clinical counselor, educator, athletic director, or sport program administrator.
  • You are currently working in the field of sport and performance as an athletic trainer, consultant, coach, administrator or think you might want to teach or work in an administrative capacity in a mental health agency and need a clinical license.
  • You may be interested in CMPC® (clinical mental performance consultant) certification.

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