Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Requirements
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides professional preparation for students from diverse backgrounds to practice counseling, care and psychotherapy in a multicultural and pluralistic society. The MACMHC program’s objectives are the development of a professional identity grounded in a variety of theoretical orientations, with an emphasis on relational and depth psychological perspectives; the integration of spiritual/theological and cultural reflection in line with CTS’ commitment to social justice, diversity and advocacy; and the development of core counselor competencies.
The MACMHC degree meets State of Indiana academic requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor. It is aligned with CACREP standards and the professional orientation of the American Counseling Association (ACA). An approved training program of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), the program also prepares students for certification as pastoral counselors without requiring ordination.
Objective 1: Development of Professional Identity Grounded in a Variety of Theoretical Orientations, with an Emphasis on Relational and Depth Psychological Perspectives
The program enables students to develop their professional identity through self-reflective and professional experiences in the classroom, the counseling room, the space of supervision, and the community. Professional identity is guided by content and ethical standards of the counseling profession and grounded in a variety of theoretical orientations, with an emphasis on relational and depth psychological perspectives. It is informed by current research, for instance, on mother-infant interaction, neuroscience, and counseling processes. Students will develop their professional identity within the context of the larger mental health care landscape and through active engagement with the counseling profession and its organizations.
Objective 2: Integration of Cultural and Spiritual/Theological Reflection
Cultural and spiritual/theological reflection is part of all components of the program and expresses CTS’s commitment to social justice, diversity and advocacy. Students will become aware of how their own emotional, cognitive, sociocultural, and spiritual development shapes their own professional identity. Students will have skills for respectful and appreciative interaction with clients from diverse cultural and spiritual/theological backgrounds in clinical practice. Through a variety of experiences in the classroom, in practicum, and in the community students will develop competence in the integration of cultural and spiritual/theological reflection into clinical practice, demonstrated in a capstone presentation at the conclusion of the degree.
Objective 3: Development of Core Counselor Competencies
Students will develop core counselor competencies of the counseling profession by applying theories and skills in clinical practice that support social justice and advocacy. The acquisition of core counselor competencies will be assessed through core studies in mental health counseling over the span of the program, regular supervision evaluations in practicum, and a final capstone presentation.
Requirements: The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires 69 semester hours (SH) of required and elective courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.7. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are prerequisites for practicum.
The time to complete a degree depends on the number of hours taken each semester. Typically, full-time students complete the degree over three and a half years, by enrolling in nine semester hours during each fall and spring semester in addition to at least one term of summer practicum in the final portion of the degree. Some students complete the degree in three years. Students have six years in which to complete the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree unless an extension for special circumstances is granted by the Academic Council.
Students are required to complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical experience, which includes a minimum of 400 hours of direct service to clients of clinical mental health counseling, of which at least 10 hours must be group therapy, and receive at least 100 hours of individual and group supervision in practicum.
Students conclude their degree by completing a Capstone Presentation as described below.
While CTS makes every effort to be in compliance with the requirements of specific licensure boards (LMHC, LPC) and professional credentialing bodies (CACREP, AAPC), students must take individual responsibility for monitoring and meeting licensure and credentialing requirements that may change between admission and graduation and may vary from state to state.
A. Studies in Religion (9 hours)
I. General Studies in Religion
ONE of the following (3 SH):
__ Gateway to Theological Education and Formation
__ Gateway to the Practice of Interpreting the Bible
__ Gateway to Theological Reflection
__ ONE elective: a B (biblical studies), C (culture and ethics), H (history),
or T (theology) course (3SH)
II. Integration of Spirituality and Clinical Mental Health Counseling
ONE of the following (3 SH): (these courses may count only once in degree: either A.II.
__ P-641: Spirituality and God Images in Counseling and Culture
__ P-651: Theodicy, Trauma, and Grace
B. Therapeutic and Clinical Studies (45 hours)
Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are prerequisites for practicum.
I. Core studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
ONE of the following (3 SH):
__ *P-510: Theories of Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Personality (3 SH)
__ *P-511: Counseling Skills and Helping Relationships (3 SH)
__ *P-531: Human Growth and Development (3 SH)
__ P-632: Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3 SH)
__ P-635: Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Practice (3 SH)
__ *P-637: Psychopathology and Assessment (3 SH)
__ P-639: Testing and Appraisal (3 SH)
__ P-656: Social and Cultural Dimensions of Mental Health Counseling
__ P-657: Contextual Dimensions of Mental Health Counseling (3 SH)
__ P-675: Career Development and Counseling (3 SH)
__ P-760: Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (3 SH)
__ P-770: Research Methods (3 SH)
II. Specialized Studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
__ P-630: Psychoanalytic Theory & Technique (3 SH)
TWO electives from the following four focus areas:
1. Social justice, choose P-619, P-633, P-638, P-641, P-650, or P-651;
2. Psychodynamic, choose P-633, P-640, P-641, P-644, or P-739;
3. Spiritual integrated counseling, choose P-633, P-634, P-638, P641, P-644,
P-651, P-739, or P-800, 801;
4. Couples, marriage and family, choose P-520, P-522, P-525, P-619, P-623,
P-711, P-774, or P-775
__ P-520: Introduction to Marriage & Family Therapy (3 SH)
__ P-522: Introduction to Marriage & Family Therapy Practice (3 SH)
__ P-525: Aging and the Family (3 SH)
__ P-619: Sexuality, Gender and Culture (3 SH)
__ P-623: Couples Systems Therapy (3 SH)
__ P-633: History of Healing (3 SH)
__ P-634: Theological Perspectives on Pastoral & Spiritual Care (3 SH)
__ P-638: Religion, Medicine and Pastoral Care (3 SH)
__ P-640: Transference and Countertransference (3 SH)
__ P-641: Spirituality and God Images in Counseling and Culture (3 SH) if not used for A.II.
__ P-644: Dreams and Discernment (3 SH)
__ P-650: Treating Addictive Behaviors (3 SH)
__ P-651: Theodicy, Trauma, and Grace (3SH) if not used for A.II.
__ P-711: Children and Adolescents in Families (3 SH)
__ P-739: Freud, Jung and Religion (3 SH)
__ P-774: Psychodynamic Family Therapy (3 SH)
__ P-775: Short-term Family Therapy (3SH)
__ P-800, 801: Clinical Pastoral Education I (6 SH) (Students electing P-800,
801 must complete it before beginning P-820 Practicum.)
C. Supervised Clinical Practice (15 hours)
__ P-820, 821, 822: Counseling Practicum I (9 SH)
__ P-823, 824: Counseling Practicum II (6 SH)
D. Integration and Competency Assessment (0 SH)
__ X-999B: Self, Countertransference, and Spirit, culminating in a Capstone Presentation and a 12-15 page integration paper in preparation of the Capstone Presentation
Total Credit Hours: 69 hours
Personal Counseling – All students are expected to receive psychotherapy during their program. Weekly personal therapy is a prerequisite for practicum admission. Personal therapy with a gifted clinician assists student therapists in working through problem areas in their own lives that may adversely affect clients and their own participation in an emotionally challenging training program; it provides a unique training experience that helps students understand the process of exploring the depth and interrelationship of intrapsychic and systemic features of human life.
Requirements for Admission to Practicum for MACMHC students – Students can apply for admission to practicum after completing P-531 Human Growth and Development; P-637 Psychopathology and Assessment; P-510 Theories of Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Personality; and P-511 Counseling Skills and Helping Relationships.
Students are accepted for practicum based upon successful completion of role plays as a screening process. Concerns that arise during these role plays may be addressed through additional evaluation as determined by the counseling faculty and clinic director. Entering cohort groups are normally limited to four persons for summer and six students for fall and spring. Priority is given to students who have the greater number of completed semester hours. Practicum admission is based on limitation of the cohort group due to available supervision in order to provide a conducive learning environment. Beginning with the entering counseling classes of spring 2012, all MA counseling students will be required to enter practicum no later than the fourth semester of coursework.
Counseling Practicum Requirement – Complete 400 hours of direct service to clients of clinical mental health counseling, which includes a minimum of at least 10 hours group work, and receive at least 100 hours of individual and group supervision in practicum, with at least 50 hours of that supervision based on video tape, audio tape or direct observation. Note: The 400 hours of direct client-contact hours fulfill the 1,000 hours of supervised clinical experience requirement of Indiana State licensure for the LMHCA and LMHC and fall into three portions: the first 40 direct service hours to clients fulfill the 100 hour “practicum” on the licensure application and correspond to P-820; the next 240 direct service hours fulfill the 600 hour internship on the licensure application and correspond to P-821, P-822, P-823; the last 120 direct service hours to clients fulfill the 300 hours advanced internship on the licensure application and correspond to P-824.
Requirements for Capstone – Capstone is normally taken the fifth semester of practicum. Students must have completed 280 hours of client contact hours prior to taking the Capstone. Course authorization is required.