Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The mission of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to effectively perform a wide range of therapeutic services among diverse clients in a variety of settings including community agencies, business and industry, government agencies, universities, school systems, judicial systems, psychiatric hospitals, private practice and addiction treatment facilities.
In order to fulfill this mission, the CMHC program provides the following learning experiences:
- Students will know and be able to demonstrate their understanding of mental health services including ethical and legal standards, professional trends and issues, administrative and financial management, record-keeping standards, regulatory processes, emergency management systems, clinical supervision, and community clinical mental health counseling services and networks.
- Students will know and be able to demonstrate their understanding of the principles of mental health as they relate to prevention, intervention strategies (including diagnosis and treatment), advocacy, multicultural competencies, education, and consultation as they relate to individuals, families, and couples in a variety of environments.
- Students will know and be able to demonstrate their understanding of diversity and advocacy as it relates to public policies, programs and community services on local, state, and national levels.
- Students will know and be able to demonstrate their understanding of appraisal methods and tools that assess a range of client issues, including DSM-IV-TR diagnoses, and will be able to implement appropriate treatments.
- Students will know and be able to demonstrate their understanding of research methods in order to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment strategies in a variety of settings.
Certification and Licensing Information
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Because the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is accredited by CACREP, graduates are immediately eligible to receive their NCC (National Certified Counselor) designation upon passing the NCE (National Counselor Exam) administered by NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors). As a courtesy for students at Southeastern, the NCE is offered on campus for internship students. For more information, contact Dr. Hunter Alessi at email@example.com. You can also learn more about this certification at the NBCC website, www.nbcc.org.
Licensed Professional Counselor
A graduate of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program meets the coursework requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the LPC Board of Examiners. However, licensing requirements also include a 3000 hour post-master’s supervised experience working with clients, as well as a passing score on the licensing exam. For more information, including application forms, please go to the LPC Board of Examiners’ website ( www.lpcboard.org) and click on Forms/Packets.