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MS Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling General Mental Health Counseling specialization

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Total program credits needed for graduation: 92

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.866.283.8039 or email an enrollment counselor. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor who is trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses

52 course quarter credits.

COUN5004
Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors (4 quarter credits)
COUN5006
Survey of Research Methodology (4 quarter credits)
COUN5106
Assessment, Tests, and Measures (4 quarter credits)
COUN5107
Principles of Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment* (4 quarter credits)
COUN5214
Theories of Personality (4 quarter credits)
COUN5217
Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Counseling (4 quarter credits)
COUN5223
Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling (4 quarter credits)
COUN5238
Crisis Assessment and Intervention (4 quarter credits)
COUN5239
Theories of Psychotherapy (4 quarter credits)
COUN5241
Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
COUN5252
Introspective and Personal Growth Seminar
COUN5279
Life Planning and Career Development (4 quarter credits)
COUN5336
Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations (4 quarter credits)

Specific Residential Colloquia or Clinical Experience Courses

20 course quarter credits. All academic courses listed below include specific residential colloquia, practice, or clinical experiences. Learners must complete prerequisites to be eligible to complete each course in the sequence.

COUN5930
Mental Health Counseling Pre-Practicum Course 1*† (4 quarter credits) AND
COUN-R5930
Mental Health Counseling Residential Colloquium*† Track 1 (non-credit)
COUN5931
Mental Health Counseling Pre-Practicum Course 2 *† (4 quarter credits) AND
COUN-R5931
Mental Health Counseling Residential Colloquium Track 2*† (non-credit)
COUN6302
Mental Health Counseling Clinical Practicum*† (4 quarter credits)
COUN6331
Mental Health Counseling Clinical Internship 1*† (4 quarter credits)
COUN6332
Mental Health Counseling Clinical Internship 2*† (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

20 course quarter credits.

COUN5108
Foundations of Addiction and Addictive Behavior* (4 quarter credits)
COUN5225
Human Sexuality (4 quarter credits)
COUN5254
Child and Adolescent Counseling* (4 quarter credits)
COUN5271
Marriage and Family Systems (4 quarter credits)
COUN6935
Mental Health Counseling Integrative Project* (4 quarter credits)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Graduates of this specialization are not eligible for licensure in South Carolina. Learners residing in South Carolina should check with the state licensing agency for specific requirements for professional licensure.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credential or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, visit our licensure page. (Washington state learners are advised to go to: http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information.)

†This course includes required live web conferencing activities and/or learner audio/video recordings. Learners who require assistive technology or alternative communication methods to participate in these activities should contact Disability Services to request accommodations.

Maryland residents are not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residential colloquia provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you are required to complete two six-day residential colloquia (COUN-R5930 and COUN-R5931).

Practicum / Internship Requirement

Toward the end of your academic program, you'll complete a clinical experience, often referred to as practicum or internship, in which you will have the opportunity to put into practice what you've learned in your coursework and residency experiences. For this specialization, you are required to complete a minimum of 100 total practicum hours and 600 internship hours.

Mental Health/Addiction Counseling

Develop your counseling skills in real world environments with the support of your Capella Faculty and fieldwork Site Supervisor.

Learn more about the Practicum and Internship Fieldwork ExperiencePDF.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 1.866.283.8039 or email an enrollment counselor. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor who is trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

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