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  • Admission Requirements

    Admission into the Program is based on the following criteria:

    • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum quality point average of 2.5 based on a 4-point scale. (Those with a GPA under 3.0 are required to take the GRE or MAT).
    • The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program accepts applicants who have a variety of undergraduate degrees. Course work in psychology, human services, human development, and statistics is recommended, though not required. 
    • A personal statement in which the applicant explains why he or she wants to become a counselor.
    • Recommendation statements from three recommenders, one of which is a recommendation from a current or former professor
    • A résumé or curriculum vitae.
    • Completed Graduate Admission Application
    • Determination by the Graduate Admissions Committee of the candidate’s potential to be an effective and responsible professional counselor.
    • Prior to admission, a phone or personal interview may be required.

    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 Requirements through the Accelerated BA/MA Track

    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.

    Program Requirements

    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.

    CMHC Program Coursework: 60 Credits (minimum)

    Students must complete all General Requirement Courses, as well as 12 credits of advanced topics courses.

    General Requirements (48 Credits total)

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    • CSL 501 Research and Evaluation for Mental Health Counselors
    • CSL 502 Human Growth and Personality Development
    • CSL 503 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in Counseling
    • CSL 504 Theories and Techniques of Clinical Mental Health Counseling 
    • CSL 505 Theories and Techniques of Marriage and Family Counseling
    • CSL 520 Mental Health Appraisal 
    • CSL 521 Lifestyle and Career Development
    • CSL 607 Issues in Psychological and Spiritual Integration
    • CSL 621 Group Dynamics and Mental Health Counseling
    • CSL 623 Social and Cultural Foundations
    • CSL 624 Practicum in Mental Health Counseling
    • CSL 625 Internship in Mental Health Counseling I
    • CSL 626 Internship in Mental Health Counseling II
    • CSL 630 A Therapeutic Techniques of Counseling
    • CSL 635 Introduction to Addictions Counseling
    • CSL 637 Diagnosis for Mental Health Counselors

    Advanced Topics Courses (3 credits per course unless otherwise indicated)

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    • CSL 630  Advanced Topics in Mental Health Counseling (1-3 credits)
    • CSL 630 PB AT: Advanced Assessment
    • CSL 631 AT: Human Sexuality & Christian Marriage and Family Counseling
    • CSL 632 AT: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
    • CSL 633 AT: Clinical Psychopathology
    • CSL 634 AT: Pastoral Counseling
    • CSL 636 Counseling Supervision and Consultation (2 credits)

    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.

    Christian Counseling Concentration

    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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