Clinical and Mental Health Counseling Program | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Program Overview

    The CMHC Program is a two year, 60 credit hour program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. It is designed to give students a foundation to provide mental health services in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation agencies, and pastoral settings. Professors who respect and integrate Christian values teach students how to combine the best therapeutic methods with a Christian understanding of the human person. The Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). In addition, the curriculum is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Graduates of the program, therefore, meet the educational requirements for counselor licensure in Ohio. The Program also allows students to customize their program of study to meet licensure requirements in most other states.

    Program Mission

    The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program aligns itself with the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville by training students to embody Franciscan values and charisms as helping professionals. In particular, the CMHC Program’s mission is to educate professional counselors who can be instruments of healing for those in need of mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual renewal. The Program is grounded in a philosophical anthropology informed by a Catholic understanding of the human person. With a commitment to Christian and human values, the most important of which is a value on the dignity and worth of the person, and with a dedication to training professional counselors in contemporary practices informed by research, the program aims to:

    • help students reflect on how a well-formed vision of the human person affects clinical counseling practices
    • provide a strong background of experiential training in clinical mental health counseling skills required of entry-level practitioners
    • advance students’ comprehension of counseling theories, models, and treatment methods
    • develop research and testing skills needed by mental health counselors
    • foster multicultural competence
    • develop in students ethical decision-making skills
    • promote an understanding of the physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of human development and behavior needed to competently facilitate human growth

    Graduates from this program will receive the academic and experiential foundations that will enable them to specialize in a variety of counselor roles, such as community mental health counselors, pastoral counselors, drug and alcohol counselors, college counselors, and relationship counselors. The program has the goal of providing educational foundations that enable its graduates to enter professionally satisfying careers, serve others to the best of their abilities, and develop a capacity for intellectual, professional, and personal growth.

    Counselor Skill Development

    Students in the CMHC Program can expect to:

    • develop a strong background of experiential training in clinical mental health counseling skills
    • advance their comprehension of counseling theories and treatment methods
    • develop research and testing skills needed by mental health counselors
    • foster multicultural competence
    • develop ethical decision-making skills
    • understand the bio-psycho-social and spiritual aspects of human development needed to competently facilitate human growth.

    Unique Aspects of the CMHC Program

    The CMHC Program distinguishes itself from other programs through some of the following characteristics:

    • Close interactions between faculty and students help students to feel supported throughout their academic career.
    • The cohort-style model of the program promotes collaboration among students.
    • Sensitivity to the mission to be grounded in Christian values, including offering unique courses in psychological and spiritual integration, Christian approaches to counseling, and pastoral counseling.
    • Ability for students to earn a Christian Counseling Certificate with the completion of all required courses, including Pastoral Counseling and Human Sexuality and Christian marriage and Family Counseling.
    • Ability to earn a Crisis in Counseling Concentration by taking these three courses: CSL 630 Crisis and Trauma Intervention, CSL 635 Introduction to Addictions, and CSL 632 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
  • CMHC Outcomes

Academically Excellent Passionately Catholic

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