Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) curriculum at University of Western States (UWS) is supported by research in the field, evidence-based practices and clinical experiences provided by highly-trained faculty.

The Master of Science and Doctoral degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS-CMHC and EdD CMHC, SP specialization) integrate sport and performance content. The clinical mental health counseling graduate program emphasizes a systems approach in which students consider the influence of families, groups, teams and organizations on individual mental health and performance.

Both the MS degree and the EdD degree can be completed fully online with consistent and meaningful contact with faculty and instructors.

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.


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Program Highlights

Extensive and Focused Curriculum

The clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) program curriculum at University of Western States (UWS) is supported by research in the field, evidence-based practices and clinical experiences provided by highly trained faculty.

Standardized Patient Program

The CMHC degrees at UWS are unique in that a standardized patient program is utilized as part of the curriculum. Actors portray clients so students can practice their skills with the actor, who is trained to give specific and useful feedback.

Watch the following two-minute segment to see Dr. Michelle Cox, CMHC director, working with an actor from this program.

Watch the following three-minute segment to see Dr. Julie Lerwick, CMHC professor, working with an actor from this 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.

Systems Approach Emphasis

CMHC courses emphasize a systems approach. Students consider the influence of families, groups, teams and organizations on individual mental health and performance.

Flexible and Personalized Learning

Both degrees can be completed fully online with consistent and meaningful contact with faculty and instructors. As interdisciplinary degrees, coursework includes content from the fields of human development, social sciences, counseling, sport, research, physiology, neuroscience and more. Graduates can apply their degrees in a myriad of ways and are only limited by their interests.

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