Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program mission is world-class graduate-level training in the art and science of mental health in order to produce Licensed Professional Counselors/Professional Clinical Counselors who effectively enhance the lives of individuals, groups, and communities.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling students will gain:
- a professional identity founded on human growth/wellness from a holistic perspective
- knowledge about bio-psycho-social causes of client distress and social/occupational impairments
- skills related to human development as well as the treatment of psychopathology
- competence related to improving one’s community through individual, group, and societal advocacy and outreach.
Strengths of the Program
- CACREP accreditation since 1985 (a founding CACREP-accredited program).
- International recognition, including over 23 student/program counseling awards since 1985 (one of the most internationally awarded chapters of Chi Sigma Iota – counseling honor society).
- An average pass rate of 97% on the state Professional Counselor licensure examination (i.e., National Counselor Exam) during the most recent state-wide administration (compared to a 79% national pass rate).
- Clinical training at the renowned Clinic for Individual & Family Counseling.
- A high internship placement and post-graduation employment rate compared to similar programs in Northeast Ohio.
- A diverse student population (active recruitment of students from differing ethnicities, ages, lifestyles, physical exceptionalities, genders, and nationalities).
- A unique academic focus on diversity, advocacy, and social justice work.
Faculty diversity, including a range of ages, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, races, nationalities, professional licenses and clinical specialty areas.
Employment Objectives for Program Graduates
Graduates have the opportunity to work clinically with children, adolescents, and adults in individual and group formats, as well as couples/families with additional education/supervised training.
Graduates are often employed by a community mental health agency in outpatient, partial hospitalization, long-term residential, or inpatient settings. Graduates may also work in private practice settings, hospitals, and employee assistance programs. Potential employment settings and/or client populations served are very diverse and depend in part on chosen specialization area(s).
Employment trends nationally are much higher than average, with solid employment needs projected into the future. More information about professional trends can be found at https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211014.htm