Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Science

Make a difference

Earn your M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) at Lynn University and help others through a variety of counseling techniques. In this program, you’ll study advancements in the field of clinical mental health counseling and discover the latest counseling theories. 

You’ll also be trained in case conceptualization, diagnosis and evidence-based treatment interventions for professionals in the mental health counseling field. When it’s time to graduate, you’ll have the knowledge, awareness and skills essential for a successful career as a mental health counselor or related field.

What you’ll learn in the clinical mental health counseling program

  • Personality theory, psychopathology, psychobiology and human sexuality
  • Legal and ethical issues in counseling
  • Counseling techniques

Curriculum & requirements

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Career opportunities

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Estimated tuition per credit

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Clinical mental health counseling curriculum

The M.S. in CMHC degree program can be completed in 2 years and requires 1,000 hours of practicum and internship experience with community mental health agencies. The coursework completed throughout the CMHC program academically prepares you for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Florida and the eligibility to sit for the Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) exams. Learn more about CMHC program.

The M.S. in CMHC degree program is competitive and requires that each student completes an interview with the counseling program admissions committee to determine eligibility. Considerations for the CMHC program follows this criteria:

  • Completed applications will be sent to the counseling faculty for review.
  • Interviews will be scheduled within 3 weeks depending upon student’s availability.
  • Decisions will be communicated to Admission within 2 weeks of the interview process.

Course preview

CSL 500 Personality Theories
Get an overview of the field of personality theories and practice. Explore the many theories of personality and issues within the practice of mental health counseling. Study conceptualization of personality theories and counseling application in practice.

CSL 520 Psychopathology
Gain an understanding of the varying philosophies relative to diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior. Learn the development of skill in making diagnoses, a working knowledge of the diagnostic categories and criteria found in the most current diagnostic classification systems, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and the International Classification of Disease (ICD). Discover the principles and models of bio-psychosocial case conceptualization and become adept at writing a diagnostic formulation.

CSL 615 Group Counseling
Learn major concepts in group counseling theories and actual applied group therapy. Develop techniques to facilitate group therapy. Examine group dynamics, group cohesion, relationship development and the stages of group therapy.

Graduates of the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must complete a total of 60 credits over the course of 2 years.

Mental health counseling careers

Earn your master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Lynn and leave with a valuable skill set that you can apply to a career in psychology right away, including:

  • Licensed mental health counselor in Florida
  • Nationally certified counselor
  • Professional counselor
  • Community counselor
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Career counselor
  • Rehabilitation counselor

You may also complete your M.S. in Applied Psychology in as little as one year. Studies for this program focus on human behavior, the scientific bases of behavior and working with diverse populations. After completion, you can pursue a career as a:

  • School counselor
  • Social researcher
  • Lab manager
  • Professor
  • Social services manager
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