The M.S. in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is a online counseling degree program that embraces the Catholic-Christian vision and educates in the core dispositions established by industry standards. Students acquire the necessary counseling knowledge and skills to engage in communities as effective community leaders and social justice advocates. Graduates are compassionate and ethical in their work as trained professionals that honor and respect the innate dignity of every person in a global, diverse population.
The online counseling degree program requires 66 semester credit hours of coursework, a practicum experience of 100 hours with a minimum of 40 hours of direct services and an internship of 600 hours with a minimum of 240 hours of direct service. Students are also required to travel to complete three extended weekend residencies in the duration of the program.
State of the art technology is used for both asynchronous (traditional online learning) with significant use of video taping of various clinical and professional skills to be reviewed by peers and faculty, and synchronous learning where students will have virtual face-to-face interactions in their learning process.
The SOC counseling program is an entry-level, online counselor education program. Curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements for certification and licensure in the State of Virginia. The American Counseling Association (ACA) (2016) provides license information for each state.
Divine Mercy University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award masters and doctorate degrees.