M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The online M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program at The Chicago School prepares students to provide high-quality mental health services to a diverse clientele in a variety of community settings. The program includes in-depth training in all aspects of the counseling profession, including ethics, research, program evaluation, and diagnosis, and provides students with skills specific to clinical mental health counseling such as prevention, early intervention, assessment and advocacy. Offered as an online degree, the program provides students with an innovative way to attain a licensure preparation master’s degree.
This online master’s program combines rigorous coursework with residencies and supervised clinical training that provide opportunities to put theory into practice in real-world settings. Graduates will be prepared to provide counseling services to individuals, families, couples and groups, and will have the skills to help clients work through a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, low self-esteem, stress, relationship difficulties and suicidal impulses.
The M.A. CMHC online program is based upon the standards developed by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program also incorporates the eight content areas outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to prepare those students seeking professional counselor licensure and desiring to begin professional practice at the master’s level.
Acknowledged for its commitment to diversity, The Chicago School recognizes that service to a diverse community plays a vital role in professional counseling. Through its program, the Counseling Department embraces this commitment through the integration of multicultural education and diversity across its curriculum; successful students demonstrate an appreciation for and competency in this area. Likewise, the faculty reflects experience in graduate level teaching and counseling practice with diverse clinical populations. This program seeks to serve a diverse student body throughout the country.
The Chicago School is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and is an active member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology—which has recognized The Chicago School for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. thechicagoschool.edu/why-us/accreditation/