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The CMHC sequenced curriculum begins in summer semester. Applicants are encouraged to apply for summer admission. Students applying for fall or spring admission take non-core classes until they joint a cohort that forms the following summer semester.

This is the home page for the Master of Science program in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of South Alabama.

The Clinical Mental Health  Counseling (CMHC) program is a 60 semester hour  degree designed to prepare professional counselor to work in a variety of mental health settings. The program is designed to meet the graduate degree standards for licensure as a Professional Counselor in the state of Alabama. A core focus of the CMHC program is training in basic and advanced counseling/psychotherapy skills as well as psychosocial assessment, case conceptualization and treatment planning. Students also receive training in mental health program research, development and evaluation. Throughout the program curriculum training is anchored in culturally competent counseling practices and evidence-based counseling paradigms.

The program is housed in the Department of Professional Studies, which is within the College of Education at the University of South Alabama. The program admits students each semester. During the program students complete coursework as well as a 700 hour clinical field experience. Please click on the links in the sidebar on the left side of the page to find out more detailed information about the CMHC program.

The CMHC program became CACREP-Accredited in July, 2014. 

CACREP (The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) is an independent accrediting body whose mission is to advance the profession of counseling by developing standards, encouraging peerless quality, and accrediting preparation programs.

CACREP accreditation provides assurance that a program has been thoroughly evaluated to meet the standards necessary to produce competent counselors. CACREP accreditation also confers greater ease in state licensure. Some states require credentialing, and in others it is voluntary but advantageous.

Please visit www.cacrep.org for further information regarding accreditation processes, and the Department of Counselor Education for more information about our programs.



Clinical Mental Health Counseling Mission Statement

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling emphasis area seeks to train interpersonally skilled, ethical, and conscientious mental health professionals who are committed to culturally competent and evidence based practices. Our goal is to graduate students who are committed to enhancing the mental health, quality of life, and wellness of their clients across the lifespan. We are committed to preparing our students in accordance with the mission and ethical standards outlined by the American Counseling Association (ACA). Our graduates will serve their clients and the larger community through individual and family counseling, group work, advocacy, supervision, program development/evaluation, and leadership.