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.

The University of Western States clinical mental health counseling graduate programs 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.

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 in clinical mental health counseling through UWS (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 master’s-in-passing degree, which allows you to obtain both a master’s and doctoral degree in a shorter time period.
  • 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 sport and performance content and how you can integrate it into your counseling practice.
  • You are currently working in the field of sport and performance as a 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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