Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Successful performance as an ethical, professional, and caring counsellor requires that you integrate theoretical and research-based knowledge with therapeutic skills and personal care, and Marymount’s program is designed to help guide you in this development. Marymount’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program will prepare you to function as an effective counsellor in a wide variety of settings.

The Washington metropolitan area offers rich opportunities for clinical field experiences with a variety of human service agencies.

CACREP Accredited

This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). (The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by CACREP as a Community Counseling program.) By providing students with the knowledge and skills recognized as important for counselors as outlined by CACREP and the Board of Professional Counselors of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the program seeks to prepare graduates for success in the clinical, consultative, and supervisory tasks they will encounter as future licensed professional counselors.

Clinical Experiences

In addition to the rigor of classroom learning, you will be required to complete two clinical experiences before you graduate from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program: the practicum and internship. The practicum is a one-semester, 180-hour on-site placement in which you develop basic counseling skills and integrate classroom knowledge into your counseling practice.

The internship is a two-semester, 600-hour placement in which you will grow professionally, expanding your clinical skills in both individual and group settings.

The practicum and internship are completed at a wide variety of agencies including private practice, outpatient treatment programs, intensive outpatient programs, residential treatment, inpatient hospital settings, crisis counseling, and community agencies. Some of these agencies have included

  • The Women’s Center
  • Community Residences
  • Green Door
  • Vanguard Services
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Kolmac Clinic


The goal of Marymount’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is to prepare you for a job as a counsellor in a community agency. Marymount graduates have gone on to roles such as

  • Counselors in substance abuse centers, hospitals, rehabilitation programs, and clinics
  • Crisis intervention counselors
  • Family, group, and individual counselors
  • Residential directors for shelters and homes for mentally handicapped children and adults
  • Counselors working with emotionally disturbed/learning disabled youth
  • Case managers
  • Vocational trainers and counselors
  • Employee assistance counselors
  • Private practice counselors

Some MU students go on to doctoral work, and Marymount's M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers an excellent foundation and preparation for advanced study.

Degree Requirements

60 credits

  • CE 500 Research and Evaluation
  • CE 501 Bases of Psychopathology
  • CE 502 Foundations, Ethics, and Professional Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • CE 503 Advanced Human Growth and Development
  • CE 508 Crisis Intervention
  • CE 509 Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention
  • CE 510 Survey of Testing and Assessment
  • CE 520 Theories of Counseling
  • CE 522C Counseling for Individuals
  • CE 523C Group Counseling Techniques
  • CE 524 Theories and Techniques of Family Counseling
  • CE 530C Career Development Counseling
  • CE 536 Advanced Counseling: Theories and Techniques
  • CE 551 Multicultural Counseling
  • CE 597C Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum
  • CE 599C Internship: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (6 credits)
  • PS 517 Neuropsychological Issues, Treatments, and Assessments
  • 2 courses from the following: CE 513 Assessment of Personality and Social Functioning, CE 529 Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence, CE 534 Counseling Children and Adolescents, CE 540 Contemporary and Historical Religious Perspectives, CE 541 Pastoral Counseling Integration, CE 542 Grief and Loss, CE 620 Cognitive Therapy Techniques. Students should consult with their state licensing board to determine appropriate electives.

With prior approval of the faculty, other elective courses can be applied toward the student’s degree.

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