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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The M.S. Program in Community Counseling (MSCC) at Wilmington University is accredited through October 31, 2013, by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as a Community Counseling program under the 2001 CACREP standards for Community Counseling programs. The 2009 CACREP accreditation standards combine the Community Counseling program standards and the Mental Health Counseling program standards into a single set of standards under the title of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The MSCC program will be seeking accreditation as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program under the new standards when it applies for reaccreditation.
Please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.