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 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). (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under CACREP 2001 standards as a community counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the community counseling and mental health counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling program intends to seek accreditation as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation approximately 2016.)
- 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 professional counselors, counseling psychologists, school psychologists, marriage/family therapists.
Employment Objectives for Program Graduates
Graduates from the program report a very high employment rate. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students to gain the Ohio Professional Counselor license. Graduates have the opportunity to work clinically with children, adolescents, and adults in individual and group formats. Professional Counselors may also treat couples/families with additional education/supervised training.
Graduates are often employed by a community mental health agency. Graduates may work in outpatient, partial hospitalization, long-term residential, or inpatient settings. Graduates may also work in private practice settings or in an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) focused on improving the occupational/personal lives of individuals at specific work settings. Potential employment settings and/or client populations served depend in part on specialization areas and type of license obtained (i.e., Professional Counselor or Professional Clinical Counselor license).
More information about counseling degrees and employment can be found at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/mental-health-counselors-and-marriage-and-family-therapists.htm
Addressing the Needs of the State and the Region
Student enrollment has steadily increased over the past five years, reflecting the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (2010) report projecting "much faster than average job growth" in the mental health counseling profession through 2020 (37% increase, versus 14% increase for all jobs). Job growth in Ohio is expected to parallel this national trend. Mental health counselor was recently ranked 33 among the best jobs in America by Money Magazine.