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.

About the program
The 100% online Master of Science 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. It 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.

The mission of the clinical mental health counseling program at University of Western States is to educate and prepare the next generation of professional counselors and leaders who, through commitment, excellence and engagement, will have meaningful and sustained impact in their communities. Such impact is accomplished by actively and diligently affirming the dignity and self-worth of all persons.

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Watch this video to learn more about the MS-CMHC program.

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.


PROGRAM Master of Science
LENGTH 8-12 quarters (2-3 years)
CREDITS 90 quarter (60 semester)
ENTRY TERM April and October
TUITION $605 per quarter credit

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Watch this video to find out if the EdD-SPP, CMHC specialization is a fit for you.

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.


PROGRAM EdD-SPP, CMHC Specialization
FORMAT online blended
LENGTH 16 quarters (4-5 years)
CREDITS 148 quarter
ENTRY TERM April and October
TUITION $724 per quarter credit

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UWS and the CMHC program honor and value the dimensions of diversity that each community member brings – both seen and unseen. These dimensions of diversity include race/ethnicity, culture, gender, gender expression and identity, age, class, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, ability, and more. Our goal is for faculty, staff, and students to represent our increasingly diverse society so that individuals feel a sense of belonging, and have equitable opportunities to advance professionally. As a program, we focus on understanding equity gaps and attending thoughtfully to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all our practices – including hiring and admissions.