Admission into the Program is based on the following criteria:
Interested students should submit the above materials to the Graduate Admissions Office before February 1 to meet the priority deadline for admission in the fall semester:
Admission to the CMHC Program through the BA/MA accelerated track is available to undergraduate psychology students at Franciscan University. Second semester juniors who are majoring in psychology have the option of applying for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and, if accepted, begin taking classes in the Program in the fall of their senior year. Students are expected to submit an application for admission and all other required admissions documents (see above). Minimum GPA for acceptance into the program through the BA/MA track is 3.3. Applications for admission must be received by February 1 for priority consideration.
The course of study consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours of classroom and experiential work, including a one-semester practicum and a two-semester internship. All students take at least one course specifically focused on Christian counseling:Issues in Psychological and Spiritual Integration. Those wishing to complete a concentration in Christian Counseling will take two additional elective courses.
The practicum involves providing approximately 8 hours per week of supervised professional counseling services for a total of 100 hours. The internship consists of 600 hours of professional counseling services spread over two semesters with an aim of 240 hours of direct service to clients. Practicum and internship also involve weekly group and individual supervision by program faculty and site supervisors.
Students must complete all General Requirement Courses, as well as 12 credits of advanced topics courses.
Students can complete the program within two years of full-time study, including one summer semester between year one and year two. Classes are offered during the day and evening.
A concentration in Christian Counseling may be earned by students who have completed the Program requirements including CSL 630 PL Pastoral Counseling and 630 PD Human Sexuality and Christian Marriage and Family Counseling as electives.
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