Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration
This program is on the pre-approved list of institutions meeting the educational requirements necessary for pre-licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (formerly the Department of Regulation and Licensing), as well as outside of Wisconsin in states requiring 60 credit programs for counselor licensure.
Since January 2012, the Master of Science in Counseling at Mount Mary College also has been designated as an approved substance abuse counseling pre-certification program by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (formerly the Department of Regulation and Licensing).
Upon graduation, students in the Mount Mary College Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration are eligible for two training licenses:
- Licensed Professional Counselor – Initial Training
- Substance Abuse Counselor – Initial Training
Graduates of the program may find employment in mental health centers, private counseling agencies, addictions treatment centers, centers for counseling the elderly, child protective services, child counseling clinics, family counseling centers, vocational rehabilitation settings, adjunct teaching positions, psychiatric hospitals, and business and industry.
The increase in the 2009 CACREP standards to 60 semester hours for accredited clinical mental health counseling programs (to be implemented by fall 2013) provides evidence of substantial changes in educational trends for professional counseling.
The benefits of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration to Mount Mary College counseling students include portability, competency and employability. This newest concentration will include the 48 credits of coursework required for the Community Counseling concentration. Additional coursework to reach 60 credits include: Trauma Counseling I, Addictions Counseling, Professional Issues in Addictions Counseling, and Psychopharmacology.
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