Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Science

The M.S. in Community Counseling program has changed to M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling for all students who applied for admission in 2011 or thereafter.

Plan for Your Future

The Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) prepares students for professional counseling practice spanning a wide range of mental health issues in culturally diverse populations. Students will acquire an understanding of normal and abnormal behavior characteristics and theories pertaining to individual, group, family and career counseling.

Coursework and Practicum

The CMHC program consists of a two-year academic course sequence followed by a one-year practicum/internship field placement. The academic coursework and field placement are structured to fulfill the standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).Upon completion of the CMHC program, students will be prepared to sit for the National Counselor Examination administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors and may subsequently begin to work toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH) through their state's Division of Professional Regulation.

Post Master's Certificates

Mental Health Counseling

  • Teaches the latest trends and issues in addictions counseling, legal and moral issues of professional practice, advanced counseling practice, and crisis intervention.
  • Meets the course requirements to become a Certified Clinical Mental Health Professional established by the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Child and Family Counseling

  • Provides up-to-date practical information on child and adolescent interventions, human sexuality, marriage and relationship counseling, and advanced family counseling.
  • Meets some of the course requirements of certification as a Marriage and Family Therapist through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Credentials Continuing Education

Wilmington University offers a variety of elective courses to help CMHC students and professional counselors meet the requirements of state license boards for professional licensure and establish specialized areas of practice. These elective courses can be taken for academic credit or as Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for obtaining or maintaining state licensure and can lead to Certificates of Advanced Study (CAS) in a variety of areas, including Mental Health Counseling and Child and Family Counseling.

The CMHC Program at Wilmington University

Interested candidates for the CMHC program come from all walks of life and a variety of undergraduate degree areas. Community Counselors are people who dedicate their lives to helping other people. They help people to cope with all kinds of difficulties, from the normal burdens of everyday living to the most troubling aspects of severe emotional disorders.

Flexible Scheduling

Wilmington University has a long history of serving the adult learner with a quality education when and where they need it. Convenient scheduling, relevant instruction, and personal attention have always been Wilmington University’s tradition.

Quality Faculty and Staff

Consistent with the Wilmington University tradition, the core teaching staff of the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program combines decades of experience and training as clinicians and counselor educators. Our adjunct faculty members are experienced clinicians working in the field throughout Delaware, representing the diversity of specialties within the field of counseling.


Wilmington University is accredited by the Middle States Association on Higher Education, a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose members comprise approximately 500 collegiate institutions.

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The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Wilmington University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2015 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.