Mental Health Counseling

The mission of the mental health counseling concentration program is to develop highly skilled counselors who are prepared to meet the mental health needs of their diverse communities in ways that promote social change and social justice. Students will develop self-awareness, empathic and empowering attitudes, and an understanding of a broad range of counseling principles and skills to bridge theory and effective practice.

The Mental Health Counseling program meets the current education requirements for state licensure including an internship, and prepares the student for the national licensing exam. However, this program does not automatically confer status as a licensed mental health counselor. It is the responsibility of the student to keep current with all state requirements to become a licensed mental health counselor, including post-graduate supervised experience, and to pass the state licensing examination for your state.

Download the mental health counseling brochure here.

Careers

The employment of mental health counselors is projected to grow 29 percent over the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Due in part to the fact that mental health counseling services are now more often covered by insurance, the demand for master’s level counselors is very strong.

The master’s in human services with a concentration in mental health counseling prepares you to pursue licensing as a mental health counseling. However, this program does not automatically confer status as a licensed mental health counselor. It is the student’s responsibility to keep current with state requirements for licensure.

Graduates of this concentration are mental health counselors, rehabilitation counselors, clinical psychologists in private practice, behavioral health nurses. They work in mental health centers, addiction treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, and in other public, private, for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Internships

Recent internships for mental health counseling students include counseling centers, family service agencies, rehabilitation centers, hospice facilities, medical centers, women and children’s crisis centers, schools, and other public and private community mental health facilities. The School of Professional and Continuing Studies has affiliation agreements with numerous organizations centered in and around its campus program locations. We will help you to find valuable internship experiences that will build your skills and hold your interest.

Hybrid Program

Take predetermined online courses and attend weekend classes at your regional campus, once or twice a month. This flexibility allows you to maintain responsibilities to your work, family, and community while earning your master's degree.

High Standards

Pride yourself on your program’s adherence to the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association and American Mental Health Counseling Association, and address cultural competency and social justice during your program.

Support for Adults

Get the academic support you need as an adult from attentive faculty and staff of the Academic Success Center at your campus.

Licensing Exam Preparation

Prepare for the national licensing exam as part of your program.

An Affordable Degree

The combination of an accelerated format, affordable tuition, and staff to help you navigate the financial aid process makes this a surprisingly affordable program. 

Earning Potential

Join other program graduates who have successful careers in agencies, private practice, schools, hospitals, or those who choose to go into private practice.

Student Internships

Start making real change in the mental health field by providing compassion, guidance, and service to others in need during your internships.

Academic Requirements

Complete the academic requirements to become eligible for licensure as a mental health counselor or professional counselor.

Hybrid, Web-enhanced Classroom

Enrich your learning and résumé with online classes, and an online classroom component for all courses that will strengthen the skills you need as a professional in the field

Outstanding Faculty

Learn from faculty members who have and are working in the mental health field and are eager to share their experiences. 

Degree Requirements:

  • Mental health counseling graduate students must earn a total of 60 credits to graduate which include 1,000 practicum/internship hours spread over six terms, each term being four months for a total of 24 months. Students who choose to begin the program on a part-time basis will require more than six terms. 
  • A maximum of nine credits may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution if a final grade of B or above was obtained, and if courses are consistent with concentration requirements.
  • The College authorizes the awarding of a Master of Science degree in Human Services for an approved "B" average or better.

Coursework

The mental health counseling concentration has full-time and part-time program options. Daylong classes meet on weekends, once or twice per month. Some courses are delivered online, and face-to-face courses are supplemented by an online learning management system. All courses are three credits each.

Online/hybrid Learning

All mental health counseling courses have an online component. Either they are offered online as indicated in parentheses in the Curriculum Sequence above, or they have an online component that accounts for 25 percent of the course learning. Moodle, the learning management system for Springfield College, allows students and instructors to continue learning activities between classes. Students must complete the online Moodle orientation to ensure familiarity with this system. Access the link entitled Moodle Student Orientation Courses that appears at the top left in all of your Moodle classrooms. It is highly recommended that each student have his or her own personal computer with Internet access.

Mental Health Counseling Practicum Requirement

Mental health counseling students are required to complete 1,000 hours of supervised work in an internship while enrolled in the master's program. There are four internships that are part of the curriculum, occurring in terms three through six. Therefore, students must complete 250 hours of supervised work for each of those four terms. The internships hours are in addition to the student's regular work hours. The table below shows the sequence of courses by term.

Course Sequence for Full-time, Fall Entry (6 Terms, 24 months)

Fall Term (12 credits)

MMHC 647 Counseling Theories 3 credits
MMHC 630 Group Counseling Skills 3 credits
MMHC 667 Research and Evaluation (online) 3 credits
MMHC 613 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice (online) 3 credits

Spring Term (9 credits)

MCCP 648 Multicultural and Diversity Counseling 3 credits
MMHC 617 Diagnosis and Psychopathology 3 credits
MMHC 629 Counseling Skills and Modalities 3 credits

Summer Term (9 credits)

MMHC 627 Human Growth and Development (online) 3 credits
MMHC 660 Treatment Modalities OR  
      Community Counseling Psychology 3 credits
MMHC 681 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum/Internship I 3 credits

Fall Term (12 credits)

MMHC 612 Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Counselors (online) 3 credits
MMHC 643 Career Development Theory and Practice (online) 3 credits
MMHC 639 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment 3 credits
MMHC 682 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II 3 credits

Spring Term (9 credits)

MMHC 683 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship III 3 credits
MMHC 635 Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling 3 credits
MMHC 641 Human Sexuality (online) 3 credits

Summer Term (9 credits)

MMHC 684 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship IV 3 credits
MMHC 637 Psychological Testing and Assessment (online) 3 credits
MMHC 623 Crisis Counseling Interventions 3 credits

 

Course Sequence for Spring Entry, Beginning Part-time (8 Terms, 32 months)

Spring Term

 
MCCP 648 Multicultural and Diversity Counseling 3 credits
MMHC 641 Human Sexuality (online) 3 credits

Summer Term

 
MMHC 627 Human Growth and Development (online) 3 credits
MMHC 623 Crisis Counseling Interventions 3 credits

Fall Term (12 credits)

MMHC 647 Counseling Theories 3 credits
MMHC 630 Group Counseling Skills 3 credits
MMHC 667 Research and Evaluation (online) 3 credits
MMHC 613 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice (online) 3 credits

Spring Term (6 credits)

MMHC 617 Diagnosis and Psychopathology 3 credits
MMHC 629 Counseling Skills and Modalities 3 credits

Summer Term (6 credits)

MMHC 660 Treatment Modalities OR  
      Community Counseling Psychology 3 credits
MMHC 681 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum/Internship I 3 credits

Fall Term (12 credits)

MMHC 612 Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Counselors (online) 3 credits
MMHC 643 Career Development Theory and Practice (online) 3 credits
MMHC 639 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment 3 credits
MMHC 682 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II 3 credits

Spring Term (6 credits)

MMHC 683 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship III 3 credits
MMHC 635 Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling 3 credits

Summer Term (6 credits)

MMHC 684 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship IV 3 credits
MMHC 637 Psychological Testing and Assessment (online) 3 credits

Course Sequence for Summer Entry, Beginning Part-time (7 Terms, 28 months)

Summer Term

MMHC 627 Human Growth and Development (online) 3 credits
MMHC 623 Crisis Counseling Interventions 3 credits

Fall Term (12 credits)

MMHC 647 Counseling Theories 3 credits
MMHC 630 Group Counseling Skills 3 credits
MMHC 667 Research and Evaluation (online) 3 credits
MMHC 613 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice (online) 3 credits

Spring Term (9 credits)

MCCP 648 Multicultural and Diversity Counseling 3 credits
MMHC 617 Diagnosis and Psychopathology 3 credits
MMHC 629 Counseling Skills and Modalities 3 credits

Summer Term (6 credits)

MMHC 660 Treatment Modalities OR  
      Community Counseling Psychology 3 credits
MMHC 681 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum/Internship I 3 credits

Fall Term (12 credits)

MMHC 612 Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Counselors (online) 3 credits
MMHC 643 Career Development Theory and Practice (online) 3 credits
MMHC 639 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment 3 credits
MMHC 682 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II 3 credits

Spring Term (9 credits)

MMHC 683 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship III 3 credits
MMHC 635 Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling 3 credits
MMHC 641 Human Sexuality (online) 3 credits

Summer Term (6 credits)

MMHC 627 Human Growth and Development (online) Internship IV 3 credits
MMHC 623 Crisis Counseling Interventions  Internship IV 3 credits
MMHC 684 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship IV 3 credits
MMHC 637 Psychological Testing and Assessment (online) 3 credits
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