Sep 21, 2021
This program is no longer accepting applications.
This program combines a strong didactic core curriculum with an equally strong clinical practicum experience in order to prepare graduates for a career in professional clinical mental health counseling. The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires 60 credits.
The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will be awarded to students who have successfully completed the academic and internship requirements of the program (see below for an outline of the requirements).
As a result of successfully completing the program, students will be able to:
- demonstrate skillfulness in functioning as counselors in a variety of clinical settings through the ability to elicit essential client data resulting in accurate understanding of client issues, diagnosis, appropriate treatment planning, and the use of at least one theoretical approach to counseling;
- demonstrate the ability to integrate religious, spiritual, and faith issues in clinical practices and coursework;
- demonstrate maturity and openness to supervision and learning by hearing and incorporating feedback in classes, clinical experiences, and interactions with faculty, students, and supervisors;
- exhibit cultural sensitivity to others in all aspects of the program while developing multi-cultural competencies to engage and treat a culturally diverse population;
- demonstrate an ability to think critically and ethically, and to act with the utmost of professional comportment warranted by the counseling profession;
- demonstrate professional identity as counselors, specifically pastoral counselors, as exhibited by participation in professional organizations.
Degree requirements and course offerings are detailed in the following sections.
Program of Study
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S. Course Sequence
The 8 courses below are prerequisites for all students prior to beginning their clinical internships.
Clinical Internships (12 credits)
The clinical courses must be taken in sequence, and all clinical work must be completed in compliance with satisfactory academic progress. Students must obtain a minimum of 800 total hours of clinical experience, with no less than 280 "face-to-face" client contact hours.
- PC 661 - Clinical Case Supervision I: Practicum
- PC 662 - Clinical Case Supervision II
- PC 663 - Clinical Case Supervision III
- PC 664 - Clinical Case Supervision IV
Student interns are responsible for maintaining the rules and regulations associated with their internship site. Violations of these rules or regulations may lead to termination from an internship site, and thus, an automatic PAR with members from the clinical committee. The PAR may result in further disciplinary actions including dismissal from the program.
Students who withdraw or are terminated from an internship site may be required to wait a full year before beginning a new internship. Students must withdraw from their clinical case conference course in these instances.
Other requirements associated with the clinical internship portion of the CMHC MS program can be found in the CMHC MS Program Student Handbook.
- See course descriptions for information on courses with prerequisites.
- PC 663 is the prerequisite for PC 790 .
- PC 790 is taken in the final semester of the student's program. It is the capstone course for the CMHS MS program in which students write their final project.
The MS program of study integrate the coursework required for Maryland state licensure as a professional counselor. Some states require that the program of study coursework be taken in a prescribed order; therefore, students are encouraged to become familiar with their anticipated state of residence's licensure and examination requirements.
The Director of the Clinical Program for the MS program of study is the liaison between the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and the department. Students may request current licensing information from the Director. Information about licensing requirements of other states is available in the pastoral counseling department office. The University is an approved site for the National Counselors Exam (NCE) administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). The NCE is required for Maryland state licensure. However, other states and the District of Columbia may require different examinations and/or academic requirements. Loyola offers the NCE twice per year, prior to a student's graduation from the program