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, 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 M-Madisonville 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

Total Course Requirements......................................60 hours
ADM 630 Methods of Research
CNS 617 Introduction to Counseling
CNS 618 Issues in Mental Health Counseling
CNS 619 Foundational Counseling Techniques
CNS 624 Theories of Counseling
CNS 625 Legal and Ethical Issues
CNS 635 Human Development
CNS 671 Multicultural Counseling
CNS 676 Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
CNS 683 Tests and Measurements
CNS 686 Career Counseling
CNS 689 Individual Testing
CNS 692 Group Counseling
CNS 694 Advanced Counseling and Supervision
CNS 722 Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling
CNS 734 Marriage and Family Counseling
CNS 752 Trauma and Crisis Counseling
CNS 790 Practicum
CNS 794 Internship I
CNS 795 Internship II

Approved Electives (3 hrs) chosen from the following:
CNS 748 Expressive Activities Counseling
CNS 746 Wellness and Prevention Approaches
CNS 760 Eating Disorders and Body Image Counseling