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In addition to a curriculum that meets today’s highest industry standards, students in this program benefit from having the personalized guidance of a faculty advisor. The GuidedPath format combines the flexibility of an online program with applied clinical and residency experience, during which students work onsite with faculty.
Build clinical mental health counseling expertise with a combination of online courses, in-person learning experiences, and engaging curriculum.
Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct client contact and supervision.
All of our core faculty members hold doctorates and bring years of experience, as well as the latest theories and practices to students.
Enhance the skills you develop in your program through interaction with faculty and students in a supportive environment.
Our curriculum is designed to incorporate the values, principles, and ethical standards of national, regional, and state professional counseling associations and honor societies.
*Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2018
Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills and to help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom. View all core faculty.
Faculty Chair, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Harold Abel Distinguished Faculty Core Faculty, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
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"The structure around Capella’s program has taught me the clinical language I need. I also think it’s taught me how to be a better human being."
Our online master's in clinical mental health counseling program is built on CACREP counseling standards and includes both online coursework and face-to-face experiences that help you gain clinical training needed for state licensure eligibility.
Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
This course is an introduction to current practices and trends in the clinical mental health counseling profession. Learners analyze the effects of current issues and public policy on the practice of clinical mental health counseling. Learners examine professional counselors’ roles in a variety of health service delivery modalities within the continuum of care. In addition, learners review models and strategies of professional consultation and supervision.
|4 quarter credits|
Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations
This course introduces theory, research, and models that inform ethical and culturally competent counseling, as well as social justice advocacy, in a variety of settings. Learners assess how biopsychosocial characteristics and concerns of diverse populations impact access to and utilization of community-based resources, optimal development across the lifespan, and equity. Learners also present strategies to address the influence that their own heritage, attitudes, beliefs, and acculturative experiences has on the counseling process. In addition, learners identify effective counseling and advocacy strategies with diverse individuals, couples, families, and groups, and explore the role of the counselor and advocate in promoting social justice at multiple levels.
|4 quarter credits|
Mental Health Counseling Approaches and Interventions
This course cultivates foundational concepts and relationship-building skills, while integrating introductory application of assessment, therapeutic interventions, and ethical and legal standards. Learners apply theories, methods, and practices of clinical mental health counseling. COUN-R5831 must be taken the quarter immediately following COUN5830. Prerequisite(s): COUN5004, COUN5217, COUN5223, COUN5239, COUN5336.
|4 quarter credits|
Applied Research and Program Evaluation in Mental Health Counseling
In this course, learners demonstrate proficiency in mental health counseling by applying learning from required courses to create a program evaluation proposal in which they examine a theory-based mental health application. Learners select appropriate research methods to assess client needs and evaluate outcomes in counseling interventions and programs. Learners also demonstrate their understanding of using ethical and culturally relevant strategies for conducting, interpreting, and reporting results. Prerequisite(s): COUN5007, COUN5106, COUN5223, COUN5832, COUN-R5831. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
Child and Adolescent Counseling
This course presents major theories and research of adolescent and child development. Learners examine biological and psychosocial development factors and evaluate the influence of family, community, society, and trauma on development.
|4 quarter credits|
Take advantage of online education designed with your success in mind. Here are some of the real-world skills you can gain in your clinical mental health counseling program.
When selecting a master’s counseling program, you can’t place too much importance on accreditation.
Interested in a career in counseling, but not sure how to approach it? Here’s what you need to know.
As president of the American Counseling Association, Simone Lambert, PhD, hopes to advocate for the profession.
Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the job titles and employment settings to explore as you consider an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career that allows you to help others, our Helping Professions Guide can provide insights into a variety of options to consider.
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