Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Be the Support Others Need

Build a rewarding career that serves a greater purpose. Walsh University’s online Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Development – Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares knowledgeable, compassionate professionals for a career supporting those in need, and you can complete the entire program in your own community, no campus visits required.

A wide choice of electives gives you applicable knowledge in clinical mental health theories, processes, and treatments. Refine your skills through two internships and a final practicum that fully prepare you to earn your Clinical Mental Health Counseling license in Ohio or several other approved states. 

  • Become an independent licensed practitioner and develop and apply your own philosophy for counseling and consultation
  • Address clinical problems in your clients to help them improve coping and functioning skills
  • Gain an understanding of the history and philosophy of the counseling profession and professional counseling roles
  • Analyze conflicts and crises associated with progression throughout the lifespan
  • Confidently diagnose/treat mental and emotional disorders
  • Promote the wellness and full development of individuals, groups, and families

The Walsh Online Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Development program is fully aligned with our CACREP-accredited on-ground program.

Upcoming Start Dates
  • Fall B 2021 Classes Start: October 25, 2021
  • Application Deadline: October 6, 2021

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Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling Fast Facts

  • Fully online/no campus visits required
  • 1:1 faculty guidance
  • 100% graduate placement rate within 6 months
  • 60 credits / 10 semesters
  • 100 practicum hours
  • 600 internship hours
  • 5 intakes per year
  • Earn your license in Ohio or several other approved states

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale preferred (No GRE required with 3.0 GPA)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Affidavit of good moral character
  • Virtual interview 
  • Resume 
  • Writing sample

Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Curriculum

Below is a sample list of courses you will take while enrolled in the online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. After finishing 60 credit hours of coursework, you will complete 100 practicum hours and 600 internship hours within your community. For a full list of courses, please download a brochure.

BSC 560 Intro to Counseling/Counseling Profession

Orientation to the counseling profession through an examination of the history and philosophy of the counseling profession; professional roles of counselors; professional issues in professional counseling. Introduction to stages and strategies in the counseling process. Development of attending skills and case conceptual-ization abilities. Includes an intensive laboratory focused on developing interviewing skills and mastering counseling procedures. This is a fundamental course. 

CHD 612 Lifespan Development

Overview of human development processes and stages. Analysis of predictable conflicts and crises associated with progression throughout lifespan, as well as the impact of cultural and environmental factors upon development. Overview of developmental theories (physical, psychosexual, cognitive, emotional, and social development) that describe development from conception to death. Concentration upon applying theoretical concepts to counseling various populations across the lifespan. This is a beginning level course.

CHD 730 Social/Cultural Diversity in Counseling

Exploration of social and cultural diversity in counseling, including diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural heritages and sexual identities and socioeconomic statuses. Study of historical and current issues of equality as applied to socially marginalized groups. Personal reflection on the impact of one's own attitudes, beliefs, world view, and racial and cultural identity on the counseling process. Strategies for employing culturally competent counseling in individual, group, and family modalities, including specific behavioral skills and application of various theories of racial and cultural identity development. The role of the counselor as an advocate for members of marginalized groups and for the pursuit of social justice. Ethical and legal obligations of counselors in dealing with social and cultural diversity.

CHD 636 Addictions

Course presents the biopsychosocial approach to the etiology, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders and addictive behaviors. Includes application of counseling theories and techniques in chemical dependency counseling as well as an overview of treatment stages and environments. Examines the impact of addiction on the family and the role of self-help groups in the recovery process. This is an intermediate level course.

CHD 665 Foundations for Practice

Orientation to the professional specialty of clinical mental health counseling, including professional roles, identity and functions, the history and philosophy of the profession, scope of practice, ethical and professional practice issues (such as managed care), credentialing, and clinical supervision, models and processes. Exploration of the models and programs used in the prevention and treatment of mental health across diverse populations, and the design of mental health service delivery systems across levels of care. Investigation of the organization (including emergency management systems), financing, public policy, and regulatory processes of mental health service delivery systems. Consideration of advocacy for mental health service needs across diverse populations and for the advancement of the profession.