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Curriculum Details

The MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) online program is housed within the Department of Counseling - Florida in the School of Health and Human Services, within the College of Professional Studies and Advancement at NLU. The MS CMHC online program is designed to train highly competent and humane individuals who are interested in working in clinical mental health agencies in urban, suburban, small town, and rural areas. The faculty are committed to providing experiential opportunities for students that link research and theory with hands-on experiences aimed at promoting personal, scholarly, and professional development.  The counseling curriculum prepares individuals to become Licensed Professional Counselors or equivalent in their state. Students will be trained to be diversity-sensitive counselors with expertise for working in an increasingly global society.

 

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

  1. Ethics - Demonstrate the ability to apply code of ethics and legal standards in the profession.
  2. Multicultural - Demonstrate the ability to apply the multicultural competencies in diversity, multiculturalism, and advocacy.
  3. Lifespan - Describe and apply theories of individual and family development across the lifespan.
  4. Career - Describe and apply theories and models of career development, counseling and decision-making.
  5. Counseling Skills - Describe, compare, contrast and apply major counseling skills and approaches to practice.
  6. Assessment and Diagnosis - Demonstrate the ability to select and utilize assessments for diagnostic and intervention planning purposes.
  7. Theory - Describe, compare, contrast and apply major counseling theories to practice.
  8. Group - Demonstrate effective group leadership through the application of theoretical foundations and techniques of group counseling, process and development.
  9. Personal Awareness - Demonstrate awareness of personal characteristics and behaviors that influence the counseling process and engage in ongoing personal and professional self-evaluation and implications for practice.
  10. Research - Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of evidence-based, ethical, and culturally relevant research in advancing the counseling profession.

 

In addition to the College of Professional Studies and Advancement Graduate Admissions Requirements, applicants must provide:

  • 3 letters of recommendation, written by individuals who know you from an academic or professional perspective.
  • Personal/professional goal statement with specific personal and professional goals and a self-appraisal of specific strengths and challenges.
  • Current resume (or Curriculum Vitae).
  • Faculty review.

 

Program Details:

  • Requires 60 SH for completion
  • Only courses from CACREP accredited universities may be accepted for transfer into the Counseling program
  • Requires a grade of “B” or better in all coursework
  • Requires a minimum 100-hour practicum
  • Requires a minimum 600-hour internship

Clinical Mental Health Counseling - 60 SH

HSC 501

Fundamentals of Counseling

3

HSC 503

Counseling and Human Development in a Multicultural Society

3

HSC 504

Clinical Techniques of Counseling

3

HSC 505

Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis

3

HSC 506

Introduction to Theory and Practice of Family Therapy

3

HSC 509

Human Development Theory

3

HSC 510

Theories of Counseling

3

HSC 511

Professional Practice and Ethics in Counseling

3

HSC 512

Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling

3

HSC 514

Counseling for Career Development

3

HSC 519

Psychological Assessment in Counseling

3

HSC 524

Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3

HSC 533

Counseling Practicum

3

HSC 541

Trauma and Crisis Intervention Theory, Response Models and Techniques

3

HSC 520

Human Sexuality

3

HSC 581

Counseling Internship I

3

HSC 582

Counseling Internship II

3

HSM 508

Research and Evaluation Methodology

3

HSS 534

Perspectives on Substance Abuse

3

Elective

Several Counseling Electives Options

3

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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