Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Specialist in Education in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Option
The Clinical Mental Health program is designed to prepare professional counselors to provide individual, group, marriage, couple, and family counseling in various settings (e.g., agencies, private practice, etc.). In addition to training students in the foundational areas of counseling (i.e., theories of counseling, foundational counseling skills, professional issues in counseling, etc.), coursework for this program will provide training in advanced counseling skills and supervision, diagnostic techniques and treatment planning, research, addictions, and multicultural counseling. 

The Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed for students who plan to provide clinical services in agencies, private practice, and other mental health settings as a licensed professional counselor. This program of study meets all requirements as outlined by the Kentucky Board of Licensed Counselors for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA). After completing postgraduate counseling hours, as identified by the licensure board, graduates will be eligible for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Kentucky. The degree may lead to licensure in other states depending on their requirements. 

Students may fully complete Program coursework from the Murray Main Campus and the Madisonville Regional Campus. Courses are offered in the late afternoons and evenings, with some options for online courses.

Program Coordinator
Dr. Samir Patel


The Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum consists of 60 credit hours.

Ed.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling Advising Guide

Tentative Ed.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling Course Sequence - Murray
Tentative Ed.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling Course Sequence - Madisonville

Please visit this web page from the Office of the Registrar to access current Academic Bulletins for information regarding curriculum requirements and course descriptions.