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Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online

Lamar University's Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online degree program prepares you with knowledge, training and practical experience to guide persons coping with substance abuse, marriage, family, career and other emotional issues through difficulties by giving them tools and techniques to manage their lives and decisions.

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60 credit hours
$275 per credit hour*

Our online M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling gives you the skills and knowledge to provide clinical counseling to a broad population in a range of settings. The program also includes intensive practicum and internship experiences.

The Clinical Mental Health Program at Lamar University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)** for the period of two years through 2018.

Upon graduation from the M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, you will be able to employ a variety of counseling strategies and techniques to help clients in many types of clinical and treatment settings. This will require graduates of our program to apply for licensure credentials to become recognized as a professional counselor in their state.

As certification requirements may vary by state and change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to:

  • Confirm the requirements for certification and/or licensure in their home state
  • Evaluate and understand state requirements related to online education, out-of-state educational programs, and licensure requirements
  • Find out if any additional coursework, practice, and/or testing requirements must be met in order to be eligible for certification and/or licensure.

This program includes two, 5-day, face-to-face Residency seminars and a Practicum and Internship component.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

**The Clinical Mental Health program has a strategic enrollment process to comply with CACREP accreditation and space may be limited.

†The Residency courses require additional fees that are not covered in tuition. Please visit the following link for more information: Residency

Online Courses

Our online master's degree in counseling features course content in multiple therapies as well as one practicum and two internships for clinical experiential credit. Courses are designed to meet the educational requirements set forth by the Council on the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

CNDV 5302 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Theories of individual counseling with an emphasis on techniques and applications. Level 1 course required prior to CNDV 5310 & 5312.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5311 Individual Counseling Theories & Techniques

Theories of individual counseling with an emphasis on techniques and applications. Level 1 course required prior to CNDV 5310 & 5312.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5381 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

An intensive exploration of the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, including family and social issues. A critical analysis of various techniques and approaches will be established. Development of personal counseling skills will be of major concern. Prerequisites: CNDV 5322, CNDV 5311.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5312 Group Counseling Theories & Techniques

An analysis of group counseling theories, processes and techniques; pre-practicum course.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5323 Career Development

A focus on theories of vocational choice, vocational assessment, sources of occupational and educational information and the career decision process. Prerequisites: CNDV 5301 or permission of instructor.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5334 Measurement and Assessment

Provides an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation to include basic statistical concepts; standardized and nonstandardized testing; strategies for selecting, administering and interpreting assessment; and evaluation instruments in educational and counseling settings.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5320 Multicultural Counseling

Studies in human diversity and cultural issues. Identifies the implications for counseling and learning and strategies for cross cultural effectiveness in various settings.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5322 Professionalism, Ethics and the Law

An overview of the profession with an emphasis on legal issues, ethical principles and professional standards of conduct in the area of counseling.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5301 Human Growth and Development

A study of normal human development and the stages of physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth from prenatal origins through old age.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5350 Abnormal Human Behavior

A study of various symptom categories in psychopathology. The course will include an analysis of the diagnostic categories as well as the research concerning etiology and treatment. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor or 12 semester hours of CNDV coursework.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5310 Counseling Skills

An introduction of facilitation skills and theory. In depth analysis and demonstration of various facilitation techniques for use with counseling clients.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5351 Consultation

This course has an emphasis on developing consultation skills for the counselor. Methods and techniques to assist the counselor in implementing appropriate consultation skills for problem management, intervention or prevention.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5324 Substance Abuse Counseling

A focus on theories of vocational choice, vocational assessment, sources of occupational and educational information and the career decision process. Prerequisites: CNDV 5301 or permission of instructor.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5353 Research and Program Evaluation

This course introduces students to counseling research and provides them with a foundation in the design of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches to research and program evaluation in counseling. An emphasis is placed on evaluating research and applying research outcomes to practice. Students are exposed to legal and ethical issues associated with human subjects' protection.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5352 Crisis Prevention & Intervention

An intensive exploration of the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, including family and social issues. A critical analysis of various techniques and approaches will be established. Development of personal counseling skills will be of major concern. Prerequisites: CNDV 5322, CNDV 5311.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5380a Seminar (Lamar Academic Residency 1)

Students will have the opportunity to develop the skills and multicultural competencies needed for practice as a clinical mental health counselor. The online modality will afford students the opportunity to prepare for the face-to-face format and also to process the face to face experience via discussion board and written assignment. The face to face interaction will provide students with the opportunity to develop clinical skills; prepare for practicum and internship; participate in special topic presentations, and participate in academic advising sessions. Students will complete individual counseling skills tapes as part of the face-to-face experience.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5380b Seminar (Lamar Academic Residency 2)

Students will have the opportunity to develop advanced individual and group counseling skills. The online modality will afford students the opportunity to prepare for the face-to-face format and also to process the face to face experience via discussion board and written assignment. All students will participate in 10 hours of group counseling work. Students will also receive special topic lectures related to professional credentialing and certification/licensure exams. Students will complete individual counseling skills tapes as part of the face-to-face experience.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5392 Practicum

A field-based course of supervised observation and practice of guidance and counseling in an agency setting. Prerequisite: Must be within 6 semester hours (excluding practicum) of completing program requirements before beginning internship. A maximum of one additional course may be taken any semester in which a student is enrolled in a practicum.

Duration: 11 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5394a Internships 1

A field-based course of supervised observation and practice of guidance and counseling in an agency setting. Prerequisite: CNDV 5310, 5311, 5312 and within 6 semester hours (excluding practicum) of completing program requirements before beginning internship. A maximum of one additional course may be taken any semester in which a student is enrolled in a practicum.

Duration: 11 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5394b Internships 2

A field-based course of supervised observation and practice of guidance and counseling in an agency setting. Prerequisite: CNDV 5310, 5311, 5312 and within 6 semester hours (excluding practicum) of completing program requirements before beginning internship. A maximum of one additional course may be taken any semester in which a student is enrolled in a practicum.

Duration: 11 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Calendar

Lamar University's online Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers eight opportunities per year to enter the program. So once you're ready to start, you won't have wait long!

Upcoming Start Dates:

October 12, 2017

Apply by September 11, 2017

November 20, 2017

Apply by October 23, 2017

January 16, 2018

Apply by December 14, 2017

Tuition & Financial Aid

For nearly a century, Lamar University has been committed to offering a high quality education that is also accessible to students at all levels of financial need.

Tuition

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

$275

Per Credit Hour. Price includes distance learning fee.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online, but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

Admissions

Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.

* All applicants must submit official, sealed, transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Send transcripts to: Lamar University Online Admissions, P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, Texas 77710
Check to see if the program is offered to residents in your state before applying by clicking here.

The Clinical Mental Health program has a strategic enrollment process to comply with CACREP accreditation and space may be limited.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

Official Transcripts

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