Jul 22, 2024  
2021-22 Catalog 
2021-22 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC), MS/MA

Prospective students should address inquiries to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program specialist.

The Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) prepares candidates to be competent, culturally aware, ethical counselors who will provide exceptional mental health services in both public and private settings to meet the needs of increasingly diverse communities.

The curriculum is designed to meet state and national  standards, so that graduates can apply to become licensed counselors throughout the U.S. The CMHC program has attained national accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT) also recognize the CMHC program as meeting the educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

The CMHC program provides an academic environment with small classes where faculty members support students’ personal and professional growth. Students develop a deep understanding of the personhood of the counselor as an important foundation for the counseling relationship and attain a broad theoretical and empirical understanding of counseling approaches.

Students grow in counseling skills throughout their studies, beginning experiential training in the first term with close supervision and guidance. Students learn to think and act ethically, demonstrating professional accountability and acumen for the welfare of clients, agencies, communities, and the clinical mental health counseling profession. They develop strong professional identities as clinical mental health counselors.

Admission Process

The deadline for applications for the next academic year is February 1. Students are required to submit two separate applications:

  1. an SOU application for admission using the policies described in the Graduate Studies section, along with a $60 application fee; and
  2. a Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling application, which may be acquired online at the program web site www.sou.edu/psychology/mhc or by contacting the CMHC Graduate Program Specialist at 541-552-6947 or cmhc@sou.edu.

CMHC Prerequisites

Prior to beginning their graduate program, all CMHC students are required to complete the following undergraduate requirements:


General Psychology
Statistics (Inferential)
Research Design/Methods
Abnormal Psychology

CMHC Curriculum