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.
The world needs compassionate, ethical counselors and social workers. 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 or advocate with them or on behalf of them for social change. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Department at Franciscan University helps creative, innovative men and women become prepared for a lifetime of serving others in the mental health field. We aim, furthermore, to develop students’ professional and personal selves and foster a respect for human and Christian values.
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The 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: www.cacrep.org. For additional information about NBCC, please visit: www.nbcc.org
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Currently, we have students at a wide range of Practicum and Internship sites. The sites include drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities; domestic violence shelters; university counseling centers; community mental health centers; psychological assessment and testing sites; hospital behavioral health centers; and crisis intervention units in community mental health centers. These vital experiential learning opportunities prepare our graduates for the best possible outcomes in private practice, substance abuse counseling, child counseling, family counseling, group counseling, career counseling, Employee Assistance Program counseling and counseling in a wide range of fields.