According to the American Counseling Association (ACA) professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals (ACA, 2018). Students who are preparing to specialize as clinical mental health counselors will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to address a wide variety of circumstances within the context of clinical mental health counseling.
This degree is offered by AU New England
Mission of the CMHC Program
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program fosters the development of professional identity by encouraging an active, thorough, and continuing examination of the development of one’s self in the role of a professional counselor (self-in-role). The program prepares professional counselors to work in a multicultural global community with individuals, groups, and social systems, to promote mental health and well-being.
This CACREP-accredited counselor education program, with a specialty area in clinical mental health counseling, trains students in eight (8) core areas: professional counseling orientation and ethical practice, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, counseling and helping relationships, group counseling and group work, assessment and testing, and research and program evaluation.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program is part of the Department of Applied Psychology (AP) at Antioch University New England (AUNE) in Keene, NH. The CMHC Program is offered at two sites: Keene Campus and Online Campus.
The CMHC Program is designed to be a full-time program, with students entering in the spring, summer, or fall semester. The CMHC Program typically takes students three (3) years to complete if attending full-time. Students who desire a part-time student status can anticipate approximately four to five (4-5) years to complete the program.
Total credit hours = 60
- Core Courses (13 courses @ 3 credits = 39 credits)
- Practicum & Internships (4 semesters @ 3 credits = 12 credits; Practicum min.100 hrs; Internship 900 hrs)
- Electives (Choose 3 courses @ 3 credits = 9 credits)
Students have the opportunity to take elective courses in the following areas: Trauma, Military Counseling, and Substance Abuse/Addiction.
Antioch’s CMHC Program is offered at two sites, Keene Campus (in NH) and Online Campus. The Keene Campus has courses that are both face-to-face and online; the Online Campus includes online courses, that are both asynchronous and synchronous. Students who enroll in the Online Campus participate in two (2) separate week-long face-to-face residencies. Online courses are offered using Sakai and Engage.
- PYG 6030 Group Approaches to Mental Health Counseling (3 credits)
- PY 5900 Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction (3 credits)
- PYD 6010.NE Professional Orientation & Ethics (3 credits)
- PYI 5140 Assessment: Principles and Methods (3 credits)
- PYI 5540 Counseling Theories: Models & Approaches (3 credits)
- PY 6120 Issues in Addictions Recovery (3 credits)
- PYB 5260.NE Human Development: Lifespan and Systems Perspectives (3 credits)
- PYB 6060.NE Social Cultural Diversity (3 credits)
- PY 6420 Foundational Theories of MFT (3 credits)
- PYB 5500 Psychopathology: Diagnosis & Assessment (3 credits)
- PYI 5520 Career & Lifestyle Counseling (3 credits)
- PYB 5900 Research & Evaluation for Counseling & Therapy (3 credits)
- PYC 6751 Crisis Counseling Interventions (3 credits)
- PYP 6960A CMHC Practicum – total of 100 hours (3 credits)
- PY 6990 CMHC Internship – total of 900 hours (Each semester is 3 credits; 9 credits total)
Elective Courses (3 courses are required)
- PYC 6820 Special Issues with Military Families (3 credits)
- PYC 6660 Family Counseling Approaches to Addictions (3 credits)
- PY 5321 Counseling Approaches to Trauma, Grief, and Loss (3 credits)
- PYC 6810 Military Culture & Language (3 credits)
- PY 5630 Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
- PY 5330 Trauma and Resiliency: Body, Mind, and Brain (3 credits)
- PYI 5180 Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy (3 credits)
- PYC 6800 Military Deployment Cycles (3 credits)
- PYC 6260 Integrative Approaches to Addictions Counseling (3 credits)
- PYC 6101 Creative Approaches for Trauma-Informed Practice (3 credits)
- PY 6130 Process Addictions (3 credits)Credit total for required courses: 9 credits
Program Total: Credits 60
Practicum and Internships
Practicum introduces you to work in the field with a minimum of 100 hours of service at a clinical site, including a minimum of 40 hours working directly with clients. You learn the policy of the agency and the roles of the mental health counselor. You spend approximately 20-hours a week in practicum for at least one semester. Before beginning, practicum students must pass a candidacy review assessing their readiness to begin supervised fieldwork.
Following practicum, there are three internship semesters. These may continue at the same site as the practicum or take place at a new site. You spend approximately 20 hours a week at your clinical site and provide approximately 300 hours of service each semester, with a minimum of 120 hours of direct service to clients during each of these internship semesters. State requirements for pre-degree internship hours vary. Review your state requirements for more information.
There are many possible positions at community agencies, residential facilities, college counseling centers, and city/state social service agencies. The Director of Field Experience, as well as the Clinical Training Coordinator, will assist you in the process of matching your interests with potential sites in the community. Students are responsible for securing their own internship and for transportation to and from the site.
AUNE Office of Field Experience
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a strong need for mental health counselors. Counseling is projected as one of the faster growing mental health professions — increasing over the next 7-10 years.
Graduates of the CMHC Program will have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to function as a professional clinical mental health counselor. They will be prepared for employment in a variety of settings and able to meet certification and licensure standards as mental health counselors, through education in a CACREP accredited program.
Program Objectives (also referred to as Learning Outcomes)
- Ethical Practice: Students will demonstrate principles and standards of professional ethics in counseling and ethical decision-making informed by social justice.
- Social And Cultural Diversity: Identify strategies needed to address institutional and social barriers that impede access, equity, well-being, and success for clients.
- Human Growth and Development: Students will demonstrate knowledge of lifespan development and the capacity to integrate knowledge of developmental theory into practice.
- Career Development: Identify career development strategies that incorporate a focus on social justice and advocacy.
- Counseling and Helping Relationships: Demonstrate an understanding of theories of counseling and development of case conceptualizations and treatment plans that are underpinned by social justice
- Group Counseling and Group Work: Integrate into their practice of MHC the awareness of the influence of social and cultural contexts on groups
- Assessment and Testing: Students will demonstrate a broad understanding of different types of assessments, the selection and use of assessment tools, client assessment and diagnosis, trauma assessment, and the assessment of self-inflicted harm and danger to others.
- Research and Program Evaluation: Demonstrate and apply their professional identity as a clinical mental health counselor through an individual philosophy of practice grounded in critical analysis and research and interpretation.
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty Area: Clinical Mental Health Counseling students will demonstrate an understanding of foundational knowledge, demonstration of competence in clinical mental health practice, knowledge of social justice issues, and a focus on wellness.
- Professional Dispositions: From admission through exit, students will demonstrate the attitudes, characteristics, and behaviors defined by the program as characteristic of exemplar counseling professionals.
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