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Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online

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This 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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Program Overview

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.

icon $16,500* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 30 months Program Duration
icon 60 Credit Hours
icon $16,500* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 30 months Program Duration
icon 60 Credit Hours

CACREP Accredited

The Clinical Mental Health Program at Lamar University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)** through 2020, and is dedicated to maintaining this accreditation.

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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.

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Tuition

Our goal is for our students to earn a high-quality degree that will help them improve their career and income, without taking on large financial debt.

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$16,500 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

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

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.

Calendar

The M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online program offers multiple start dates and is ideal for students who seek to balance jobs, families, education and social lives.

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5-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall II 2019 10/7/2019 9/5/2019 10/3/2019 11/11/2019
Spring I 2020 1/21/2020 12/12/2019 1/16/2020 2/24/2020
Spring II 2020 3/2/2020 2/3/2020 2/27/2020 4/6/2020
Summer I 2020 6/1/2020 5/4/2020 5/28/2020 7/6/2020

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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.

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Online Application

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

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GRE required

Official scores must be received before a final offer of admission can be made.

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3.5 GPA required

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is a highly competitive program. Beginning Summer 2019, all applicants to the program will be required to submit a GRE score (regardless of completion of a previous advanced degree). Official scores must be reported directly to the Office of Admissions by testing agencies; an official copy must be received before a final offer of admission can be made. The Lamar University School code for admission testing is 6360.

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University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: University requirements will be assessed by the online application through ApplyTexas.org. There is a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher. Applicants with a GPA below 3.5 in the institutional bachelor's degree will not be admitted.
  • GRE required for all applicants
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

*Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.

Department of Counseling and Special Populations Admission Requirements

In addition to University admission requirements, the Department of Counseling and Special Populations requires the following for admission to the department program:

  • Application: Complete and submit the departmental application—will be sent by email after completing the ApplyTexas application.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Mandatory group interview with program faculty

Out of state students should check with their state department of education to determine if there are specific state requirements needed.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710

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Submit electronically to luadmtran@lamar.edu

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require or college community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.

We reserve the right to review individual applicant qualifications for admission. Final determinations for admission are based upon a number of criteria. We reserve the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to a program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates unacceptable professional fitness to practice in their particular field of study with children, youth, and/or adults.

Academic Residency Process and Requirements

Process

We are offering a unique 2 course sequence in a hybrid format. In each course, students will be enrolled in an online Blackboard course for five weeks but will also be required to participate in the seminar via a week-long face to face course segment that occurs during that five week course. Each course will involve 45 contact hours distributed across both delivery modalities. Each course will follow a true seminar format with various contemporary topics in counseling presented.

The intensive face to face interaction provides faculty members with the opportunity to provide live supervision of clinical counseling skills and the opportunity to evaluate student dispositions. Students can take this course concurrently with another course.

Requirements

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.

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.

Residencies have specific learning outcomes:

Residency 1 Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate basic counseling skills.
  • Apply multicultural competencies to basic counseling skills.
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking skills.
  • Understand diverse and multicultural perspectives and apply them to counseling practice.
  • Integrate supervision feedback into counseling practice.
  • Describe the process of preparing for field experience.

Residency 2 Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate advanced counseling skills.
  • Demonstrate effective group counseling skills.
  • Integrate supervision feedback into counseling practice.
  • Analyze and apply counseling research to counseling practice.
  • Utilize feedback to improve performance.
  • Apply multicultural and diversity competencies to advanced counseling skills.

For students considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, such as Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Educational Diagnostician, Principal Certificate or Superintendent Certificate, please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside of Texas.

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).

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CNDV 5302: Foundations of Clinical Mental Health (Counseling)

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the foundations of clinical mental health counseling. The course includes an exploration of the history, philosophy, trends, and practice of clinical mental health counseling; the roles and functions of clinical mental health counselors across practice settings; methods and models of clinical supervision; professional organizations, preparation standards, and credentials; and other related professional issues.

CNDV 5311: Individual Counseling Theories & Techniques

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

CNDV 5381: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An intensive exploration of the dynamics of marriage, couple, and family relationships. A critical analysis of various counseling techniques and approaches will be established. Development of counseling skills will be a primary emphasis.

CNDV 5312: Group Counseling Theories & Techniques

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

CNDV 5323: Career Development

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CNDV 5334: Measurement and Assessment

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CNDV 5320: Multicultural Counseling

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

CNDV 5322: Professionalism, Ethics and the Law

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

CNDV 5301: Human Growth and Development

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

CNDV 5350: Abnormal Human Behavior

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CNDV 5310: Counseling Skills

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

CNDV 5324: Substance Abuse Counseling

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CNDV 5327: Psychopathology and Basic Psychopharmocology

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares mental health professionals in the basic diagnostic systems, research, and explanations of psychopathology and basic working knowledge for integrating psychopharmacology for effective coordinating of services in an integrated health model. Pre-requisites: Admission to the Lamar Counseling Program.

CNDV 5353: Research and Program Evaluation

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CNDV 5352: Crisis Prevention & Intervention

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CNDV 5380a: Seminar (Lamar Academic Residency 1)

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CNDV 5380b: Seminar (Lamar Academic Residency 2)

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CNDV 5392: Practicum

Duration: 11 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CNDV 5394a: Internships 1

Duration: 11 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

CNDV 5394b: Internships 2

Duration: 11 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

**The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has a strategic enrollment process to comply with CACREP accreditation and space is limited. Candidates in Texas and other states that do not require the CACREP credential might consider applying to Counseling and Development with a concentration in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling.

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

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