Clinical Mental Health Counseling, S.Y.C.
For further information: CMHCGrad@southernct.edu
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 or counseling related areas to further their counseling competence. These programs are 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.
Effective January 2016, coursework taken by graduate students not matriculated in the CMHC Masters or Counseling Sixth Year Certificate program will not be endorsed by the CMHC Faculty as fulfilling Department of Public Health or other state licensing body curricular requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or its equivelant.
General Admissions Information
To obtain program information/application packets, applicants should access information fro the program website:
On the graduate school application, applicatns should indicate their focus is Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Prior to being admitted to a program, students may take up to 9 credits on a nonmatriculated
basis. However, taking such courses does not guarantee admission.
Admission to the program is based upon the following criteria:
- Academic Background: Candidates must have a minimum undergraduate quality point ratio
- Introduction to Psychology
- Statistics or Research Methods
- Abnormal Psychology
- Evidence of a desire to enter the profession and knowledge of the field.
- Evidence of exceptional interpersonal skills (relationships and communication)
- Strong recommendations from at least three individuals who know the candidate in a professional and/or academic setting, with at least one recommendation from someone who can speak to the applicants academic skills.
- Candidates must submit a 500 word essay describing the basis of their interest in the clinical mental health counseling program and their desire to enter the profession.
- Candidates must submit a current resume.
- Meeting with the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Faculty memebers for admissions interview, when appropiate.
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:
Required Core Counseling Courses
CSP 534 – Individual Assessment II and lab – 3 credits
CSP 535 – Individual Assessment III and lab – 3 credits
CSP 537 – Practicum & Seminar – 3 credits
CSP 578 – Counseling and Assessment of Culturally Diverse Populations – 3 credits
CSP 606 – Counseling Procedures with Children – 3 credits
CSP 638 – School Psychology Intervention Techniques – 3 credits
CSP 652 – Internship Seminar (Internship consists of no less than 1200 hours of supervised
School-based experience and a university seminar.) – 3 credits
CSP 674 — Consultation in Schools – 3 credits
RDG 520 — Fundamentals of Language and Literacy – 3 credits
RDG 566 — Developmental Reading & Language Arts – 3 credits
Conditional Acceptance 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
SED 481 or 482 – Teaching Exceptional Children