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M.S.Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is comprised of 60 graduate credits. It is a specialized practitioners' degree designed to prepare students to work as professional counselors in human service agencies, which include the following types of settings/roles:

• Community mental health centers;
• Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers;
• Career counseling centers;
• Mobile therapists;
• Family Based Mental Health therapists;
• Outpatient therapists;
• Behavioral specialists consultants (BSC);
• Probation/parole officers.

Beginning Fall 2013, the Duquesne University School of Education's Community Counseling (CC) program has been renamed to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CHMC) program in order to prepare for the new Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation standards. This change also requires the university to clarify the relationship between the CC and CMHC programs to students. Please be aware:

The CHMC program at Duquesne University is accredited by CACREP. The accreditation runs through March 31, 2017. (Note: The CMHC program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for CC programs as a CC program. The Duquesne University Counselor Education program intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines.)

While your current program of study is titled Clinical Mental Health Counseling, your program is under the CC title designation in the CACREP records until the formal accreditation cycle is complete. Once accreditation is complete the CC program moves to CMHC in the CACREP records.

Note: Degree title does not impact eligibility to seek licensure by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program are eligible to pursue licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and National Counselor Certification (NCC). The main requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania include 1) a master's degree of at least 48 graduate credits, 2) a total of 60 graduate credits, 3) 700 clock hours of fieldwork, 4) passing one of 4 approved national exams, one of which is the National Counselor Exam (NCE), and 5) 3,000 clock hours of supervised experience under a qualified supervisor. (see
www.dos.state.pa.us/social for complete licensure information) Graduates of the program receive a master's degree in counselor education. In some states, such as Ohio and Virginia, a master's degree in counselor education is required for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC), and graduates of counseling psychology or clinical psychology programs cannot obtain an LPC in those states.

According to the 2010 Department of Labor (DOL) projections, there is expected to be a 36% increase in the number of Mental Health Counseling. By 2020 ONETonline projects there to be much faster than average job growth (29% or higher) for Mental Health Counselors.

You can find more information about career opportunities for professional counselors at:
http://www.counselingdegree.org/careers/

You can find more information about scholarship opportunities for professional counselors at:
www.CounselingDegree.org/Scholarships

Statistics for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Statistic 2013 2012
Number Enrolled 18 15
Number of Graduates 23 10
Completion Rate 73.7% 95.5%
LPC Examination Pass Rate 77.3% 84.9%
Job Placement Rate 100% No Data
Accreditation

Accreditation by CACREP

Duquesne University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This accreditation means that the program uses a nationally recognized, rigorous curriculum that is based on a core set of standards. The standards for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in many states, including Pennsylvania, are based on the CACREP model. Graduates of CACREP accredited programs often find it easier to obtain licensure in other states In some states, you cannot obtain licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) if you have not graduated from a CACREP accredited program. Students who study in CACREP accredited programs receive training that is based on the most recent trends in theory and research. Furthermore, CACREP requirements stipulate that students receive more intensive fieldwork supervision and more hours of fieldwork than many other counseling programs, which better prepares graduates upon their entrance into the work force. You can find more about CACREP please visit their site at http://www.cacrep.org/template/index.cfm.

Program Sequence

To find out information about which courses are required for this program, please review the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Sheet.

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