Graduate Program Counseling: Clinical Mental Health

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Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Master's Degree Overview

Gain your master’s degree and jumpstart your career as a clinical mental health counselor. Our graduate program prepares professionals to work with a variety of clients within mental health agencies, community counseling agencies, employee assistance programs, day treatment, and inpatient hospital settings, and private practice.

Our 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.

Our 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.

Degree Details

Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Master's Degree: Why PSU?

PSU is the public research university for the Portland metro area. PSU is also known for its commitment to forward-thinking progress, inclusive goals, and supporting diverse communities. Because of this, CMHC offers a broad range of clinical experiences infused with a social justice lens.

All aspects of the program, including coursework, are grounded in educational and counseling theory. Our field experiences provide profound and transformative learning experiences, allowing you to put your learning into action throughout the three-year program.

What can I do with a master's degree in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health?

Provide diagnostic and intervention services to a wide variety of clients seeking personal and mental health counseling in the following settings:

  • Public mental health agencies
  • Public and private community counseling agencies
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Day treatment and inpatient hospital setting
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Private practice
  • Group practice
  • Community colleges and universities


The program of study leading to an M.A./M.S. in Counselor Education with a Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization must include the following 90 credits, in addition to the core CACREP curriculum. Students should work with their advisors in the process of understanding the licensure requirements of both of these credentialing groups.


  • COUN 507 Crisis Assessment and Intervention
  • COUN 544 Consultation: Theory and Practice
  • COUN 546 Grief and Loss
  • COUN 552 Theories and Interventions II
  • COUN 553 Advanced Therapeutic Strategies
  • COUN 572 Systemic Perspectives on Human Sexuality
  • COUN 575 Foundations of Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling
  • COUN 577 Family Therapy or Coun 578 Couples Therapy
  • COUN 586 Psychopharmacology and Mental Illness
  • COUN 587 Foundations of Mental Health Services
  • COUN 588 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning II


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Portland State University's Counseling programs are accredited by CACREP, the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practice Commission (TSPC), and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).