The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is intended for students wishing to prepare for clinical work and licensing or who wish to go on to a doctoral program and need to demonstrate the development of clinical acumen through their course work, internship experiences, and final product. This degree option requires a minimum of 60 semester credit hours.
Students pursuing this degree will address the program’s core courses and relevant electives from a counseling perspective. As with all courses for all students, each student is required to bring an individualized area of interest to their work. These areas may be singular or varied, but students pursing the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are expected to focus on issues of relevance to their counseling professional and personal development. Faculty mentors and advisors are eager to work with students to incorporate personal areas of interest into all of their work.
Becoming a counselor is a complex and emotional process. In addition to standard academic learning, counselor education involves a personal journey in which students bring their whole and authentic selves to the learning process. The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree encourages students to explore their own learning and emotional journey through seeking their own personal counseling experience. The Community Life staff assists students in finding counseling in their home communities. The CMHC degree also encourages students to join the American Counseling Association and their state mental health associations, in part to access the peer support and resources available, such as counselor referral networks.
Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling may also choose to fulfill the following concentrations:
The Sexual Orientation concentration encompasses the broadest scope of sexuality. Integral parts of the concentration’s respectful inclusiveness are bisexuality and heterosexuality, as well as the perspectives of people who identify as trans, intersexed, celibate or asexual, androgynous, and queer. Students in this concentration research and analyze issues around sexual orientations and identities, and they have the opportunity to get counseling skills related to these issues.
The Expressive Arts Therapy concentration teaches students how to infuse work within the discipline with a range of expressive arts practices – including drama, storytelling, dance, movement, music, poetry, painting, and photography. The Expressive Arts Concentration may contribute to your pursuit of becoming approved as a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist or as a Registered Consultant/Educator through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.
Concentrations predefine inter- and trans-disciplinary areas of study through a core set of readings and resources, learning areas and key concepts, and specify the way in which students must complete an identity statement and engage with the community through practicum, internship, fieldwork, or engaged practice. Concentrations within the program are highly individualized, guided by a unique study plan, developed by each student, to address learning needs and professional goals.
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is offered in Goddard’s unique low-residency model, which removes the barriers between living your life and learning. In our low-residency model, each semester begins with an eight-day residency on our campus in Plainfield, Vermont. Following the residency, there are 16 weeks of independent work and self-reflection in close collaboration with a faculty advisor and course mentors.