Overview

The Master of Science in Clinic Mental Health Counseling is for candidates preparing for a profession as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Upon completion of the 64-hour degree program, you will be eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and pursue state licensure as an LPC.

Requirements for Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Counseling Core Requirements–22 credit hours

 

  • Human Development
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Theories and Techniques of Counseling
  • Family of Origin
  • Diagnosis and Case Management
  • Christian Foundations of Counseling
  • Pre-Practicum Lab

One of the following:

  • Statistics and Research
  • Applied Research (Program Director recommendation required)

Elective–3 credit hours

 

CMHC Major Core Requirements – 39 credit hours

  • Principles of Family Therapy
  • Group Theory
  • Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Career Development Information and Vocational Education
  • Assessment
  • Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • Professional Development and Ethics
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Addictions
  • Practicum I: CMHC
  • Practicum II: CMHC
  • Internship I
  • Internship II

Total credit hours–64

 


Multiple Track Emphases

The JBU Counseling Program recognizes that today's counseling professionals have multifaceted opportunities requiring multiple training specialties; therefore, additional emphases are offered for each major area of study. These emphases include Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Play Therapy and School Counseling. Students seeking multiple emphases must complete the course requirements of their major degree plan and each of the course requirements specific to fulfilling any additional emphases.

Review requirements for the MS in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.


Class Locations

Counseling classes are offered at the JBU Fort Smith Center, the JBU Little Rock Center and the JBU Rogers Center as well as on the main campus in Siloam Springs. Select classes are available online.

Online Options

Many counseling courses are offered online allowing you flexibility and convenience. All online classes are taught by JBU faculty who interact with you via e-mail, web conferencing and discussion boards.


Class Schedule

Most counseling classes begin at 4:30 pm or 7:15 pm and follow the semester schedule format. Summer classes are also offered.