Clinical Mental Health Counseling, S.Y.C.

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Application Deadlines

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: January 15 for fall semester.

The Department of Counseling and School Psychology offers programs leading to the master of science degree and/or the sixth year professional diploma in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program prepares students for State of Connecticut licensure in professional counseling (LPC).

Sixth Year Professional Diploma In Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Sixth Year advanced graduate studies program in counseling provides the opportunity for students holding a Master 's degree in counseling to further their counseling competence. This program is not CACREP accredited. In clinical mental health counseling, students who are seeking state counseling licensure (LPC) or national certification are responsible for all contacts with the State Department of Public Health and the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) on matters related to requirements for licensure and certification.

Admissions Criteria

Candidates for the program are evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Applicants should have a strong academic background and/or potential, as evidenced by a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or potential illustrated in other evaluation areas. GPA waivers are possible under certain circumstances.
  2. Applicants should have a Bachelors degree and foundational knowledge related to psychology, as represented by having at least 3 required prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, or Research Methods, and Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology. It is possible for students to complete prerequisites after acceptance.
  3. Applicants should be strongly recommended by 3 individuals who have known them in a professional and/or academic setting and can speak to their potential as a graduate student and clinical mental health counselor, including an assessment of their interpersonal skills and commitment to diversity. At least 1 recommendation must be from an academic reference (e.g., professor)
  4. Applicants should submit a clear, well-written 500-word essay describing the basis of their interest in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling profession, as well as why they wish to enter the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at SCSU.
  5. Applicants should have some experience, either volunteer or professional, in a helping role, as demonstrated on their resume.
  6. If invited to an interview, applicants should illustrate potential as a counselor, ethical and interpersonal skills and knowledge of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling field.

General Admission Information

In order to be considered for admission to the program the following fall, all admissions materials must be received by January 15. In order to apply to the program, please follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the application to Southern Connecticut State University's Graduate school. The application can be found and completed online. A non-refundable fee of $50 must be paid at time of submission with a credit card.
  2. Send official transcripts from ALL institutions where you have completed coursework to:

Southern Connecticut State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Application Processing Center
PO Box 8057
Portsmouth, NH 03802

**If you have attended SCSU, you only need to indicate this on your application; you do not need to send your official transcript in. 

3. Upload Personal Essay to or send an email to or hard copy via US mail to the address above. The essay should address why the applicant wishes to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and attend SCSU's CMHC program.
4. Upload a Current Resume of Vita to or send an email to or hard copy via US mail to the address above.
5. Send three completed Recommendation Forms via email to or a hard copy via US mail to the address above. Written letters are welcome to accompany the recommendation form, but note that the recommendation form is required. At least one recommendation should be from someone who can speak to your academic skills.

Program Sequence - 30 Credits

Students who are admitted to the Sixth Year Certification program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will meet with an advisor to determine which Masters level courses they need to meet graduation and state licensure requirements for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. There is a minimum of 30 credits required for this diploma. 

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.   

One year of full-time continuous study is required followed by a year-long internship (a minimum of 1200 hours in a school-based site and a concurrent seminar). The sixth year program consists of:

Pre-requisite Requirements
PSY 100/102 – Introduction to Psychology – 3 credits
PSY 259/530 – Statistics of research Methods – 3 credits
PSY 321/528 – Abnormal Psychology – 3 credits

Required Core Counseling Courses

CSP 521 – Counseling: Substance Abuser – 3 credits
CSP 540 – Introduction to Assessment in Counseling and School Psychology – 3 credits
CSP 549 – Issues in Crisis Intervention  – 3 credits
CSP 550 – Counseling Skills and Techniques – 4 credits
CSP 552 – Counseling Practicum – 3 credits
CSP 553 – Counseling Practicum Seminar – 3 credits
CSP 554 – Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders – 3 credits
CSP 568 – Counseling and Lifespan Development – 3 credits
CSP 569 – Theories of Counseling – 3 credits
CSP 571 – Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders – 3 credits
CSP 572 – Psychology of Career Development – 3 credits
CSP 578 – Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling – 3 credits
CSP 595 – Professional Orientation and Ethical Issues in Counseling – 3 credits
CSP 601 – Advanced Counseling Skills and Techniques – 1 credits
CSP 569 – Theories of Counseling –3 credits
CSP 540 – Understanding Individual and Psychological Testing – 3 credits
CSP 605 – Introduction to Family Counseling – 3 credits
CSP 656 – Group Counseling – 3 credits
CSP 676 – Counseling and Internship Seminar – 1-12 credit minimum
CSP 691 – Research and Evaluations in Schools and Mental Health Setting – 3 credits