Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

LHU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program will enable you to become license-eligible for the counseling profession in many states throughout the country. The program’s primary goal is to prepare you to function independently and successfully as a clinical mental health counselor in a variety of professional settings.

What You'll Study

Core Curriculum

The program consists of 60 credits total. 51 of those credits are common core courses related to counseling, assessment, differential diagnosis, and ethics. Topics covered include:

  • Theories and Models of Counseling across the lifespan
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Individual, Family, Couples, and Group Counseling
  • Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Addiction Counseling
  • Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling

In addition to the common core credits, nine credits are required in one of three specialization areas.

Counseling Military/Veterans and their Families

Topics covered include:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Issues Facing Military Veterans
  • Reintegration and Recovery for Veterans and their Families


Counseling Children and Adolescents

Topics covered include:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Children and Adolescent Counseling
  • Creative Therapies for Children and Adolescents


General Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Topics covered include:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • One course from Military/Veteran Specialization
  • One course from Children/Adolescent Specialization


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Program Highlights

  • Mission Statement:  The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program is consistent with the mission and strategic plans of Lock Haven University (LHU) and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Through the use of synchronous and asynchronous modalities, the CMHC Program follows the ACA Code of Ethics (2014) and promotes students’ educational, professional, and personal development by supporting their overall wellness and encouraging a lifelong journey of professional learning and self-reflection.
  • 100% Online Delivery: LHU’s distance instructional methods are designed to maintain a personal, one-to-one mentoring and supervisory relationship with degree candidates while making it possible to create active and engaged learning communities. No campus visits or on-campus residencies are required. The coursework is completed via a blended format of virtual synchronous technology and asynchronous instruction. 
  • Professional Preparation: The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is an online, 60 credit degree program designed to be consistent with the requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in Pennsylvania. If you will be seeking licensure outside Pennsylvania, you will want to contact your state licensing board for requirements. Find your state requirements here.
  • Practicum & Internships: As part of this program you will complete nine credits of practicum and internship experience. Practicum will consist of 100 hours onsite and internship will consist of 600 hours onsite.  These requirements will be completed in your local area with face-to-face supervision in a site approved by university faculty. You will be responsible for identifying an approved site but the program does provide an on-going list of approved sites to help you in finding one that will meet your interests as well as the program requirements.  The practicum and internship coordinator, Dr. Weaver, also works with students to identify and solidify an approved site and site supervisor.
  • Transfer Students:  The CMHC program welcomes students interested in transferring to LHU.  Students can transfer up to 12 credits (4 courses) into the program. Transfer courses must have earned a B or higher and be from a CACREP accredited program.  Eligible courses for transfer will be formally reviewed by faculty prior to approval.        
  • Licensure Track:  The CMHC program also welcomes individuals interested in taking additional courses to apply for their state license or for continuing education.  Individuals interested in doing this need to have successfully completed a Masters degree in counseling with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  
  • Scholarly Activity Mentoring:  Students are offered opportunities to be active in faculty research, presentations, and publications.
  • Careers: As a graduate of LHU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program you will be equipped to provide therapeutic interventions to a diverse population across the spectrum of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disorders. You will be able to work in a variety of settings such as:
    • Mental Health Agencies
    • Rehabilitation Centers
    • Prisons
    • Private Practice
    • Veterans Outreach Sites
    • Hospitals

Want to Know More?

Department of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 Dr. Kristin A. Vincenzes
 117 Akeley Hall, Lock Haven University
 (570) 484-2473

Contact our Admissions Office

8:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday
(570) 484-2027

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