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 the 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 include safety, trustworthiness, transparency, support, mutuality, empowerment and awareness of the impact of culture.

The 100% online master’s in clinical mental health counseling program, which can be taken independently or as a specialization in our doctorate of education (EdD) in sport and performance psychology program, emphasizes a systems-based approach in which students consider the influence of families, groups, teams and organizations on individual mental health and performance. Courses utilize mental health trained actors who portray clients as part of a unique standardized patient program prior to clinical course work.

The program, part of the college of graduate studies, 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.


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Master of Science (MS)

  • You want a counselor license.
  • You want to apply for clinical licensure in your state.
  • 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.
  • AND, 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.
  • AND, 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.
  • AND, 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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