Clinical and Mental Health Counseling Program | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Program Overview

    The CMHC Program is a two year, 60 credit hour program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. It is designed to give students a foundation to provide mental health services in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation agencies, and pastoral settings. Professors who respect and integrate Christian values teach students how to combine the best therapeutic methods with a Christian understanding of the human person. The Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). In addition, the curriculum is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Graduates of the program, therefore, meet the educational requirements for counselor licensure in Ohio. The Program also allows students to customize their program of study to meet licensure requirements in most other states.

    Program Mission

    The underlying philosophical approach in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is consistent with Franciscan University of Steubenville’s mission to promote free intellectual inquiry conducive to the development of professionals who respect and integrate human and Christian values. The department aims to provide a strong background of experiential training, knowledge, research and testing skills, and promotes an understanding of the physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of human development and behavior. Graduates from this program will receive the academic and experiential foundations that will enable them to specialize in a variety of counselor roles, such as community mental health counselors, pastoral counselors, drug and alcohol counselors, college counselors, and marriage and family counselors. The program has the goal of providing educational foundations that enable its graduates to enter professionally satisfying careers, serve others to the best of their abilities, and develop a capacity for intellectual, professional, and personal growth.

    Counselor Skill Development

    Students in the CMHC Program can expect to:

    • develop a strong background of experiential training in clinical mental health counseling skills
    • advance their comprehension of counseling theories and treatment methods
    • develop research and testing skills needed by mental health counselors
    • foster multicultural competence
    • develop ethical decision-making skills
    • understand the bio-psycho-social and spiritual aspects of human development needed to competently facilitate human growth.

    Unique Aspects of the CMHC Program

    The CMHC Program distinguishes itself from other programs through some of the following characteristics:

    • Close interactions between faculty and students help students to feel supported throughout their academic career.
    • The cohort-style model of the program promotes collaboration among students.
    • Sensitivity to the mission to be grounded in Christian values, including offering unique courses in psychological and spiritual integration, Christian approaches to counseling, and pastoral counseling.
    • Ability for students to earn a Christian Counseling Certificate with the completion of all required courses, including CSL 630 PL (Pastoral Counseling) and CSL 630 PD (Christian Marriage and Family Counseling).
  • CMHC Outcomes

Academically Excellent Passionately Catholic

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