Department of Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Franciscan University of Steubenville
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  • Programs of Study

    Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    The CMHC Program is a two year, CACREP accredited, 60 credit hour program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

    Christian Counseling Concentration

  • Compassionate, Ethical Counselors

    The world needs compassionate, ethical counselors. Individuals, couples, and families sometimes have concerns and problems that they cannot make sense of on their own. To sort out life's issues, people often seek professionals who value social service and desire to help them improve their relationships. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Department at Franciscan University helps creative, innovative men and women become prepared for a lifetime of serving others. We aim, furthermore, to develop students’ professional and personal selves and foster a respect for human and Christian values.

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    Accreditation, Licensure, & Certification

    CACREP-counseling-logoThe Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Students in their last semester of coursework are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Exam (NCE), which is administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). For additional information about CACREP, please visit: For additional information about NBCC, please visit:

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  • Recent Blogs

    by vwark
    Pastoral counseling by its very nature incorporates spiritual beliefs and realities into the counseling process. One way in which it does so is by informing the pastoral counselor regarding his or her beliefs about human nature and views of the person. As a Catholic pastoral counselor, then, part of my job is to allow my beliefs to be shaped by Catholic social teaching.
    by lresendez
    When I first started doing my practicum and internship, I often had this sinking feeling believing that any clinical work that I would be doing would not pertain to a future in pastoral counseling believing that I would be dealing with other problems or with a more faith based population.
    by asummers
    There's this notion (I'm not sure how widely it is held, but it exists) that those in the counseling field are in the field initially to learn how to fix themselves, or those in their environment, or perhaps both. And really, I don't imagine that is too far off the mark, considering the amount of introspection it takes to be able to reach into someone's world, pull out the themes and major characters of their life and give it back to them in a new, healthy perspective that evokes positive change--all while being able to model that kind of lifestyle in a way that convinces the client it is possible.
    by asummers
    So, in my last blog, I sort of jogged around the idea of Pastoral Counseling being an avenue for God to work through the counselor and the client in ways that help both of them grow in faith and in health. I mean for this blog to be a continuation of that, but to highlight another avenue of how Pastoral Counseling calls the counselor to be closer to God through the vessel of the client's experience's. First, as you will find is typical of me, I will offer a real life example.
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