MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Prepare for Professional Counselor licensure.

Fielding’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares you for Professional Counselor licensure.

The CMHC curriculum prepares you to develop a broad and comprehensive view of the field of Clinical Mental Health Counseling through a rigorous program of study. You will gain knowledge about professional identity, multicultural theories, ethics, social justice advocacy, counseling theories, and issues impacting the profession.

The CMHC program is designed to meet the accreditation standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The Fielding distributed learning approach features coursework delivered through a synchronous and asynchronous format, two annual residencies, cluster/cohort meetings, and clinical training through practicum and internship in an approved setting near you.

Student Learning Outcomes

The primary goals of the program are to:

  • Prepare for licensure eligibility as a professional counselor

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to be a culturally competent counselor

  • Acquire real-world clinical experience


Three courses plus a practicum and internship in a regional setting serving the given cultural population:

  • Counseling with LGBTQQIA Individuals and Couples
  • Counseling with Persons of African American/Black Heritage
  • Counseling with Persons of Latinx Heritage

Program Benefits

  • Join a community of learners from across the world

  • Gain the knowledge and skills, grounded in cultural competencies and social justice principles, to be an effective counselor

  • Skills include communication, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning

  • Study from your location; no need to move

  • Personalized attention by faculty

  • Cohort model

  • Skill development through practicum and internship at an approved site near you

Model Curriculum Sequence

The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60-credit program with a practicum and internship. The program is designed to be completed in two years if taken full-time.


Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Counseling Theories

Professional Identity: Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling

Introduction to Counseling Skills and Techniques

Addictive Disorders

Career Development

Psychopathology: Etiology and Treatment

Residency III: Fieldwork Prep



Group Counseling Theory and Practice

Development Over the Lifespan

Multicultural Counseling and Inclusive Diversity

Residency I: Interviewing

Concentration OR Elective Courses

Research in Counseling and Development

Internship I

Concentration OR Elective Courses


Residency II: Advanced Skill Development

Diagnosis and Assessment

Concentration OR Elective Courses

Internship II (continuing)

Concentration OR Elective Courses




MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling Application Checklist

Apply by November 16 to start in Spring 2019

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