MS-CMHC Curriculum


The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 90 quarter-credit, comprehensive program that is comprised of core content areas typically required by state licensing boards and counseling program accreditation bodies. It culminates in a year-long counseling internship during which students hone knowledge and skills in supervised clinical settings within their communities.

The UWS catalog houses the curriculum, course descriptions, curriculum sequence and other helpful information about the program. View the current catalog.

Program Planners
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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students in the MS-CMHC will be able to:

  1. Create a professional identity based on the philosophies, history, and roles of the clinical mental health counseling profession.
  2. Apply ethical and legal standards to clinical mental health counseling practices.
  3. Develop culturally responsive counseling strategies based on their professional evaluation of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends of a multicultural society.
  4. Apply effective advocacy strategies to enhance clinical mental health services.
  5. Synthesize theories of human growth and development to create differentiated counseling interventions that promote resilience, optimum development, and wellness across the lifespan.
  6. Create a career development plan to assess and develop client skills appropriate to their work, relationships, and wellbeing.
  7. Integrate theories and best practices related to trauma-informed and community-based strategies to appropriately meet the needs of diverse clients.
  8. Develop culturally responsive treatment and/or intervention plans with measurable outcomes for clients.
  9. Apply theoretical foundations, group processes, and developmental dynamics, and therapeutic factors to effectively lead group counseling.
  10. Implement evidence-based assessment techniques appropriate for mental health counseling professionals to diagnose developmental, behavioral, and mental health disorders in diverse clients.
  11. Assess mental health counseling research to inform clinical practice.


You can buy your textbooks online. Find the CMHC textbook list here.