Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Clinical Mental Health Counselors provide diagnostic and intervention services to a wide variety of clients seeking personal and mental health counseling. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) specialty within the Department of Counselor Education prepares professionals to work in public mental health agencies, public and private community counseling agencies, employee assistance programs, day treatment and in-patient hospital settings, and private practice. CMHC graduates may also find employment in community colleges and university settings. The curricular experience of the CMHC Master’s degree is organized around core foundation courses, an intensive on-campus practicum training clinic experience, interpersonal growth experiences, advanced theory and practice courses, and a culminating half-time field internship placement. The program consists of 90 graduate credits designed to meet CACREP national accreditation standards for professional counselors and the academic degree requirements to become licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon and other states. Prior experience in a helping relationship is highly recommended for individuals pursuing this specialization.