Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

69 Credit hours

Our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MACMHC) program provides professional counseling preparation and spiritual/theological integration for mental health counselors, pastoral psychotherapists and spiritual care specialists. The coursework provides a unique blend of clinical insight and spiritual wisdom that results in the ability to serve the client as a whole person—mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The MACMHC degree meets academic requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in Indiana and many other states.

The MACMHC program can be taken jointly with the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program for the MDiv/MACMHC. Learn more

Program Highlights
  • Convenient, on-site practicum at the Counseling Center at CTS
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  • Wide variety of clinical situations and experiences, including:
    • Crisis and trauma counseling
    • In-depth psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy
    • Counseling with children, teens, couples and families
    • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
    • Group counseling
    • Psychoeducational groups
  • Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited school

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The MACMHC degree prepares students for certified membership in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. It is guided by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards and the professional orientation of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

Counselor Supervision

Supervision of Clinical Mental Health Counselors

The purpose of supervised clinical experiences is to provide students with clinical mental health counseling practice while they are learning how to become effective mental health counselors.  The intent is to help our students gain experience in areas of clinical mental health counselor preparation as defined in the 2016 Standards of the American Mental Health Counselor Association: clinical assessment; diagnostic impression and treatment of mental disorders; prevention and clinical intervention; ethical, legal and practice foundations; diversity and advocacy; research and outcome evaluation. Field experiences in off-site internships provide clinical mental health counseling students with opportunities to practice individual, family, and small group counseling skills, consultation, collaboration, advocacy and leadership skills taught in graduate programs.

Christian Theological Seminary Clinical Mental Health Counseling Core Faculty

Dr. Nicole Robertson
Program Director
Office: 317-931-2317

Dr. Matthias Beier
Office: 317-931-2346

Dr. Felicity Kelcourse
Office: 317-931-2354

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Supervision

Why is Supervision Important?

“Competent supervision requires a fine balance on the supervisor’s part between providing professional development opportunities for supervisees and protecting clients’ welfare. While assisting supervisees to learn the art and craft of therapeutic practice, supervisors also are expected to monitor the quality of care clients are receiving as well as serving as a gatekeeper for the profession. A primary aim of supervision is to create a context in which the supervisee can acquire the experience needed to become an independent professional.”

Corey, G., Haynes, R., Moulton, P., & Muratori, M.  (2010). Clinical supervision in the helping professions: A practical guide. Alexandria VA: American Counseling Association, p. 3.

Supervisor Qualifications

Site supervisors must have the following qualifications:
(1) a minimum of a master’s degree, preferably in counseling, or a related profession;
(2) relevant certifications and/or licenses;
(3) a minimum of two years of pertinent professional experience in the specialty area in which the student is enrolled;
(4) knowledge of the program’s expectations, requirements, and evaluation procedures for students; and
(5) relevant training in counseling supervision.

(CACREP, 2016, Section 3.P).

Clinical and administrative supervision

“Clinical supervision focuses on the work of the supervisee in providing services to clients. In our view, clinical supervision is best defined as a process whereby consistent observation and evaluation of the counseling process is provided by a trained and experienced professional who recognizes and is competent in the unique body of knowledge and skill required for professional development. Supervision also is defined by many external forces, including governing bodies, licensing agencies, and the settings in which we work.

“Administrative supervision focuses on the issues surrounding the supervisee’s role and responsibilities in the organization as an employee: personnel matters, timekeeping, documentation, and so forth (Bradley & Kottler, 2001). The line between these kinds of supervision is not distinct; thus, not surprisingly, there continues to be ‚extensive misunderstanding‘ of the activities that constitute clinical supervision (Schultz, Ososkie, Fried, Nelson, & Bardos, 2002, p. 219). All too often clinical supervision is confused with staff meetings and administrative oversight … It is not unusual for counselors to be supervised by someone who is required to function in both clinical and administrative roles, a situation that can lead to some common challenges.“

Corey, G., Haynes, R., Moulton, P., & Muratori, M.  (2010). Clinical supervision in the helping professions: A practical guide. (American Counseling Association, Ed.). Alexandria VA: American Counseling Association, p. 3.

Supervision 101

What is Supervision?

While supervision is a relationship that has similarities with counseling or psychotherapy, it does have “a different structure and purpose“ (Campbell, J. 2000. Becoming an Effective Supervisor, p. 1). “The primary purpose of clinical supervision is to ensure the quality of client care while the trainee or supervisee is learning” (p. 1).

“Clinical supervisors are responsible for transmitting the skills, knowledge, and attitudes of their profession to the next generation of practitionerscounselors“ (p. 4).

What are Qualities of Effective Supervisors?

Effective supervisors need a wide array of competencies and skills in a variety of areas. Supervisors should be confident but not authoritarian, be respected and viewed by others as capable, and advocate for their supervisees (Boders, L.D. & Leddick, G.R. 1987. Handbook of counseling supervision. ACES). Supervisors should be able to work with transference and countertransference dynamics in supervisees‘ client work as well as in the supervisory relationship.

Please see the following document for a list of Effective Supervisory Behaviors and Qualities:
“Effective Supervisory Behaviors and Qualities“

What are suggestions to use in supervision?

The Individual Supervision Evaluation Form lists 21 skills supervisees are trained in. Supervisor and supervisee can use this form to identify skills in client work that are strengths of the supervisee and 3-5 skills which the supervisee will focus on to improve in a given semester. This provides a framework for a rich learning conversation.
“Off-site Individual Supervision Evaluation Form“

The following document also assists with specific Supervisory Functions:
“Supervisory Functions“

Supervision Models

The following document will help give you an overview of the various models of supervision.

The Brief Summary of Supervision Models document provides a clear summary of the various supervision models commonly used.
“Brief Summary of Supervision Models“


As the student’s site supervisor, do I need to have students record counseling sessions and review recordings with students?

No, since students do the majority of their clinical work for training at the CTS Counseling Center and review recordings in CTS supervision, off-site supervisors do not need to require recordings and do not need to review any recordings.

When should I contact the faculty supervisor?

Please feel free to contact the faculty supervisor at anytime during the semester. We want to have a collaborative working relationship and be proactive in all situations. We ask that you always contact us when you have any questions, concerns, or dispositional issues with the student.

How can I contact the faculty supervisor?

Please feel free to call the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Director at 317-931-2346 or contact any of us directly.

At the end of the semester, how should I turn in the student’s evaluation form?

Please email your signed evaluation form directly to the Program Director at You may also mail the form to our office. The mailing address is: Dr. Nicole Robertson, CMHC Program Director, Christian Theological Seminary, 1050 W 42nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46208.

Will CTS faculty offer trainings for supervisors?

Yes. CTS faculty supervisors will offer regular supervisory trainings for off-site supervisors.

Will trainings for supervisors provide CE?

Some trainings will provide CEs, when indicated.

Helpful Supervision Articles

The below articles provide in-depth information specific to the supervision of clinical mental health counselors.

ACES Best Practices in Clinical Supervision (2011)
Supervision of Beginning and Advanced Graduate Students of Counseling and Psychotherapy(Ronnestad & Skovholt)
Getting the Most Out of Clinical Supervision: Strategies for Mental Health (Counseling Students, Quinn M. Pearson, Journal of Mental Health Counseling)
Psychotherapy-Driven Supervision’ Integrating Counseling Theories (Quinn M. Pearson, Journal of Mental Health Counseling)

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CTS Counseling Center

A distinct advantage of study at CTS is that students may conveniently complete their practicum hours with the CTS Counseling Center, without the need to go elsewhere for this portion of the degree requirement. The center also offers a residency for graduates as they prepare to complete clinical hour requirements to obtain state licensure.

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