Doctor of Education – Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Sport and Performance Specialization

Who is the Doctor of Education – Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Sport and Performance Specialization program for?

The Doctor of Education – Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Sport and Performance Specialization (EdD – CMHC, SP Specialization) degree program at University of Western States (UWS) is uniquely designed for students who are simultaneously seeking counseling licensure and advanced sport and performance psychology training. If you are already a licensed counselor, our EdD SPP may be the right program fit for your needs. This is not a degree in counselor education and supervision. Rather, it is specifically designed for those interested in both counseling and sport and performance roles to offer a wide array of career options.

What does the program cover?

Using a comprehensive and integrated approach, through the lens of sport and performance, the EdD-Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Sport and Performance Specialization degree covers eight core counseling content areas: (1) ethics and professional identity; (2) multiculturalism and advocacy; (3) human growth and development; (4) career counseling; (5) helping relationships; (6) group counseling; (7) testing and assessment; and, (8) research and program evaluation. It also includes five terms of clinical counseling field placement (one practicum and four internship courses); human sexuality; marriage, couple, and family counseling; and a counseling supervision course.

Students also complete the core sport and performance psychology (SPP) EdD curriculum and participate in SPP field experiences to prepare them to apply for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC®) certification.

Faculty assist students with finding field placements in their communities. Program graduates work as counselors, consultants, administrators, educators, coaches, researchers and clinical supervisors.

This program prepares students to sit for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCHMCE). Passing the NCE/NCHMCE exams are required for licensure in one’s state. It is the responsibility of the individual student to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. As state licensing boards do not review programmatic content prior to application for licensure, UWS makes no representations or guarantee that completion of UWS coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure.

How is the degree completed?

This 138-credit degree can be completed in 3.5 years of full-time enrollment or 4.5 years of part time enrollment and is completed 100% online with consistent and engaging interaction with program faculty who have experience in both fields. For those who have demonstrated success in a previous bachelor’s or master’s program, this degree gives you the opportunity to complete two degrees (master’s-in-passing in CMHC and the EdD – Sport and Performance Specialization) without having to apply to two different programs. Students earn a CMHC master’s-in passing upon completion of the program.

Full Integration of Sport and Performance Content

All CMHC courses integrate sport and performance psychology (SPP) components and SPP courses integrate CMHC components. In addition to within-course integration of sport and performance content, this degree option places clinical counseling courses alongside sport and performance courses during most terms. Learn more about the sport and performance psychology program.

Whereas the course content within these two programs feel similar, the career outcomes can differ for these two programs. Trying to decide which program is right for you? Check out this valuable resource that can aid in directing you toward the right educational path!

Standardized Patient Program

One of the unique features of this program is the standardized patient component, which provides unique and personalized learning for clinical mental health counseling students. Faculty design specific case studies, which create opportunities for students to apply their knowledge in simulated “real-world” scenarios with specially trained actors. Students also have the opportunity to design their own case studies to demonstrate conceptualization skills and process understanding.

Watch the video segment to see Dr. Michelle Cox, CMHC director, working with an actor from the standardized patient program.

Faculty and Staff

Meet the esteemed clinical mental health counseling faculty and staff.