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Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

Overview

The focus of the Mental Health Counseling program is to provide agencies, hospitals, and residential care facilities with ethical and skilled clinicians, in order to serve the diverse needs of clients in the southeast Missouri region. Each student must work closely with his or her advisor in regards to the student's program of study. This program is project-based and focuses on developing clinical skills to work in a variety of mental health settings. Candidates of the program are trained to be multi-culturally competent, practice ethically, and advocate for their clients and the profession. The program is designed to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals.

Objectives

  • Develop a strong foundation of knowledge through engaging in counseling core courses.
  • Receive strength-based and constructive feedback from faculty and supervisors in their practicum and internship experiences.
  • Challenged to self-reflect on their professional development through the program.
  • Have the opportunity to present with faculty at state and national professional conferences.
  • Be both eligible for counselor licensure and national certification upon successful completion of the program.

Competencies

Graduates of the Mental Health Counseling program are prepared to serve as professional counselors in a variety of mental health and community agency settings. There will be one practicum (150 hours) and 9 credits of internship (600 hours). High-quality, experienced, full-time faculty provide support, supervision, and mentorship throughout the program. The program is CACREP-Accredited.

9 total credits in the social sciences including:

  • Psychology
  • Counseling
  • Family Studies
  • Child Development
  • Sociology
  • Appropriately focused university studies course
  • CP 610-Counseling Orientation and Ethics
  • CP 611-Developmental Theories
  • CP 612-Counseling Theories
  • CP 613-Social and Cultural Aspects of Counseling
  • CP 614-Counseling Skills
  • CP 615-Career Development
  • CP 616-Group Counseling
  • CP 617-Assessment in Counseling
  • CP 631-Crisis Intervention and Consultation
  • GR 691-Methods of Research
  • CP 640-Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
  • CP 641-Mental Health Systems and Prevention
  • CP 643-Psychodiagnostics and Treatment
  • CP 645-Marriage and Family Counseling
  • CP 661-Addictions Counseling
  • CP 680-Counseling Practicum
  • CP 686-Internship-Mental Health
  • CP 687-Internship-Mental Health
  • CP 688-Advanced Internship-Mental Health
  • 3 Elective Hours

Expectations

Students admitted to the Mental Health graduate program are expected to

Requirements

A student will be admitted to graduate study when the following admission requirements are satisfied:

  1. Holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Has an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale (except when superseded by specific program requirements which require a higher GPA).
  3. Has met other specific requirements for applicable program (see Program Admission Policies)
See the Graduate Bulletin for more information.

Program Admission Policies

The deadline for submission of all application materials to the Office of Admissions is February 1 of the year in which admission is desired. Admission is considered only for the fall and summer semesters. In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants must have the following.

  1. An undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  2. Submit one letter of recommendation directly to the Office of Admissions prior to admission. The letter should be addressed to the Director of Admissions.
  3. Mental health counseling applicants must also have 9 total credit hours in the social sciences, including psychology, counseling, sociology, or appropriately focused university studies courses.
  4. For the areas of emphasis in Elementary School Counseling and Secondary School Counseling, applicants must either hold teaching certification at the appropriate level or provide evidence of competency in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's required areas of teaching methods, teaching practices, classroom management, and psychology of the exceptional child by completing two specific education courses.
  5. For the post-master's emphasis for School Psychological Examiner, students must have a master's degree approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and hold teaching certification.

International applicants must also have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 OR TOEFL score of 95. This requirement is for non-United States citizens who are not native English speakers. Students from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are exempt from English proficiency verification.

Application Process

Step 1: Apply for Admission

  • Complete the Application for Graduate Admission and include the non-refundable $30 graduate application fee (domestic students). This is a one-time application fee.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Submit proof of citizenship, permanent residency, or lawful presence in the U.S. (e.g. driver's license, passport, birth certificate)
  • Submit letter of intent and letters of recommendation.

Send documents to:
Southeast Missouri State University
Office of Admissions, MS 3550
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

Step 3: Advising and Enrollment

Course Rotation

  • CP 610-Counseling Orientation and Ethics
  • CP 612-Counseling Theories
  • CP 640-Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
  • CP 614-Counseling Skills
  • GR 691-Methods of Research
  • CP 641-Mental Health Systems and Prevention
  • CP 616-Group Counseling
  • CP 613-Social and Cultural Aspects of Counseling
  • CP 643-Psychodiagnostics and Treatment
  • CP 680-Counseling Practicum
  • CP 615-Career Development
  • CP 661-Addictions Counseling
  • Elective Course
  • CP 686-Internship: Mental Health
  • CP 687-Internship: Mental Health
  • CP 645-Marriage and Family Counseling
  • CP 631-Crisis Intervention and Consultation
  • CP 688-Advanced Internship: Mental Health
  • CP 617-Assessment in Counseling

Contact

573.651.2132
psychandcounseling@semo.edu
Scully 404
Department of Psychology and Counseling
One University Plaza, MS 5700
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701


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