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The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to provide students with comprehensive preparation for professional practice as a counselor through rigorous coursework and carefully supervised practical experiences in field settings. The program integrates mental health counseling theories and approaches, principles and practices of diagnosis, evidence-based treatments, and strategies for referral, prevention, and advocacy to meet the needs of diverse clients. Graduates will be prepared to assume a variety of positions in the counseling field and be equipped to model the highest standards and ethics of the profession.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program enables students to contribute to the profession through independent learning, scholarship, and research. Upon completion of this program, student’s will:
To receive a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, students must earn 60 graduate semester credit hours. Fifty-four of the program hours must be completed through Keiser University. Program requirements are as follows:
|Core Counseling Courses (36.0 credit hours)|
|Foundations of Counseling||3.0 credit hours|
|Counseling Across the Lifespan||3.0 credit hours|
|Counseling Skills and Techniques||3.0 credit hours|
|Counseling Theories and Practice||3.0 credit hours|
|Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling||3.0 credit hours|
|Group Theories and Practice||3.0 credit hours|
|Career Counseling||3.0 credit hours|
|Counseling Advocacy with Diverse Populations||3.0 credit hours|
|Crisis Counseling||3.0 credit hours|
|Counseling Intervention and Treatment Planning||3.0 credit hours|
|Assessment in Counseling||3.0 credit hours|
|Research and Program Evaluation||3.0 credit hours|
MHC501 is taken in the first semester of the program. Students must successfully complete all core courses prior to enrolling in MHC660.
|Specialization Courses (15.0 credit hours)|
|Psychopathology and Diagnosis||3.0 credit hours|
|Counseling in Community Settings||3.0 credit hours|
|Couples and Family Counseling||3.0 credit hours|
|Foundations of Addiction and Addictive Behavior||3.0 credit hours|
|Counseling and Sexuality||3.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Experiences (9.0 credit hours)|
|Practicum in Counseling||3.0 credit hours|
|Internship in Counseling||3.0 credit hours|
Students take two MHC661 courses after completion of MHC660. MHC661 is taken in the final two semesters of the program.
Note: Courses in the program are 16-weeks in length. Most courses are asynchronous in nature, however some courses may require students to participate in activities at set times (e.g., group supervision). Students are required to attend three on-campus residencies at specified times during the program.
The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires three weekend-long, on-campus residencies. During residency, students will focus on skill development in individual and group counseling, applying knowledge gained in coursework. Students will receive individual interaction, direction, and feedback from faculty members, opportunities to share experiences and insights with peers, and preparation for clinical work in practicum and internship settings. Residencies are taken with specific courses and therefore are offered at specific times during the program. When following a typical student program plan, students will complete one residency per semester during the first year of the program and a final residency while completing the practicum experience. Students may not be allowed to continue with coursework until the required residency experiences are completed.
Toward the end of the program, students will complete clinical experiences, referred to as practicum and internship. During this time, students have the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned in their coursework and residency experiences. Students will practice foundational counseling skills and gradually integrate more advanced skills, while receiving individual and group supervision.
Students will be responsible for selecting an appropriate site that can provide the types of activities, clients, and clinical supervision required. Students should consult with their academic advisor and the program handbook for details regarding their required experiences and supervisor qualifications.
Students are required to obtain a minimum of 100 hours of practicum experience and 600 internship hours. In some states, including Florida, students who do not graduate from a CACREP- accredited program may be required to obtain a greater number of practicum/internship hours to fulfill licensure requirements. Students are encouraged to obtain a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical experience (of which 40% should be face-to-face client contact hours) to meet various state requirements.
The program’s CMHC Annual Evaluation Report is available by contacting Dr. Tina Marie Glover at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tina Glover, Ph.D., LPC, LPCC, CRC, NCAC II, CADC II (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Academic Program Coordinator)
Dr. Glover received her doctorate degree from Oregon State University in Counselor Education & Supervision and is a repeat Alumni of Portland State University receiving a Masters in Counseling with an emphasis on Rehabilitation and Community Counseling and a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and Psychology. Dr. Glover is a Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), as well as a National Certified Addictions Counselor Level II and a Certified Addiction Counselor Level II. Dr. Glover is a License Professional Counselor in multiple states as well as a Qualified Mental Health Professional. Dr. Glover has held numerous leadership position both nationally and regionally in the counseling field. She has worked in the human service field for over 20 years this would include over a decade of experience addressing and training individuals around multicultural issues, social justice, addictions, human sex trafficking and trauma. Her current research agenda is looking at engagement and treatment practices of culturally-proficient professionals with communities of color.
Cheryl Smith, Ph.D. (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Coordinator)
Dr. Cheryl Smith is a counselor educator, National Certified Counselor, and mental health professional with ten years clinical experience and five years teaching experience. She received a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision from Regent University (CACREP accredited), and a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Leadership and Coaching. Her clinical experience includes a variety of settings such as inpatient – psychiatric / residential facilities, out-patient community programs / private practice, K-12 schools, and college / university counseling centers. She has direct care experience with a diverse client base that includes children and adolescents, couples and families, and marginalized populations such as African-Americans, Asians, and Latinos. She specializes in Christian Counseling and spiritual integration, career counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Her research agenda includes spiritual / religious integration, multicultural counseling competencies and treatment, and adolescent / young adult career development.
Rita Westermann-Bolton, Ed.D., LHMC (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
Rita Westermann-Bolton, Ed.D., LMHC has been a licensed counselor in Florida and Missouri for 17 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master of Science Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Missouri State University, and a Doctor of Education Degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University, Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Westermann-Bolton has researched, written, and presented on family violence, adult bullying, life satisfaction, and most recently, disaster trauma, place attachment, and trauma-related growth and resiliency. In addition to her teaching position at Keiser University, she supports active duty military and their families with non-medical counseling services.
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