Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Science

Program Purpose

Wilmington University’s CMHC program seeks to prepare students to be effective counselors in a diverse world and profession. Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals. Consistent with the values of the counseling profession, the CMHC program seeks to infuse multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills throughout the curriculum.  The program is structured to ensure that students will develop a professional identity as a mental health counselor and will master the knowledge and counseling skills needed to practice effectively.  Students are trained for careers in community mental health and human service agencies, educational institutions, private practices, as well as government, business and industrial settings.  Two field experiences (practicum [100 hours] and internship [600 hours]) are required. Students are prepared to sit for the National Counseling Exam (NCE) administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) which awards the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. Following 3200 hours of post-master’s supervised experience by licensed, professional, individuals who have NCC status may apply for state licensure to become a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH) in the state of Delaware.

CMHC Program Goals, Objectives and Competencies

The CMHC Program Goals, Objectives and Competencies are based on the standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Goal # 1 Knowledge in Core Counseling Subject Areas


Objectives for Goal #1:

  • Become knowledgeable about the counseling profession and ethical practice in counseling
  • Become knowledgeable about social and cultural diversity
  • Become knowledgeable about human growth and development
  • Become knowledgeable about career development
  • Become knowledgeable about helping relationships, counseling theories and the counseling process from individual and family system perspectives
  • Become knowledgeable about group work
  • Become knowledgeable about assessment
  • Become knowledgeable about research and program evaluation

Competencies Expected for these Objectives:

  • Proficient knowledge base in each subject area
  • Proficiency in the application of subject area knowledge
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication related to subject area knowledge

Goal #2 Knowledge, Development and Demonstration of Clinical Mental Health Counseling Skills and Practices


Objectives for Goal #2:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge regarding the provision of mental health treatment services including treatment models, agency operations, and clinical supervision
  • Develop and demonstrate skills in mental health counseling, prevention and intervention
  • Develop and demonstrate skills in addressing issues of diversity and providing advocacy
  • Develop and demonstrate skills in assessment and clinical evaluation
  • Develop and demonstrate skills in research and evaluation of counseling programs and outcomes
  • Develop and demonstrate skills in clinical diagnosis

Competencies Expected for these Objectives:

  • Proficiency in developing counseling relationships, performing culturally competent counseling interventions, and advocating
  • Proficiency in performing intake interviews, assessing clinical information, and writing professional clinical case notes and reports
  • Proficiency in conceptualizing cases, developing treatment plans, and evaluating treatment outcomes d. Proficiency in applying evidenced based practices in counseling

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2014 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.