Clinical Mental Health Counseling

You’re following your dreams and working hard to become a counselor. Take your studies one step further with the clinical mental health counseling program at Murray State. You’ll gain expertise in providing individual, group, marriage, couple and family counseling. We’ll help you gain a strong foundation in the field by teaching you theories, issues and skills, and you’ll get training in advanced counseling skills and supervision, diagnostic techniques and treatment planning, research, addictions and multicultural counseling. We’ll make sure you get the well-rounded knowledge you need to succeed, now and into the future.

The Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a CACREP approved, 60-hour program that 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.

Rolling Admission

Applications are accepted year-round.

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Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be granted to applicants deficient in a single area as space permits. Exceptions will be made on a case-by case basis. Students admitted conditionally must obtain a B or better grade in each of their first nine credit hours of program study to gain unconditional status.

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ADM 630: Methods of Research
CNS 618: Social Justice and Advocacy in Counseling
CNS 619: Foundational Counseling Technique
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 686: Career Counseling
CNS 692: Group Counseling
CNS 694: Advanced Counseling and Supervision
CNS 710: Counseling Children and Adolescents
CNS 722: Substance Use and Addictions Counseling
CNS 734: Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling
CNS 752: Trauma and Crisis Counseling
CNS 790: Practicum
CNS 794: Internship I
CNS 795: Internship II
3 credits of approved electives

1 of the following:
CNS 746: Wellness and Prevention Approaches
CNS 748: Expressive Activities Counseling
CNS 760: Eating Disorders and Body Image Counseling

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

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

Note: Part-time students will work with their advisor to create a unique schedule specific to meet their needs.

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

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