The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a 60 semester hour program, prepares professional counselors to work in community agencies, educational settings, as well as private practice. Students are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) leading to certification as a National Certified Counselors (NCC). The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program also prepares students to seek licensure as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Nevada.
Classes meet once a week and are offered in the late afternoon and evenings to accommodate students' work and internship schedules. While classes are taught primarily in-person and on-campus, some classes may be offered fully online or through a hybrid format.
The mission of the program in Counselor Education is to provide all master’s level students with the latest methods, theories, and techniques of the discipline and to provide a field experience that will allow for a theory-to- practice developmental training approach. Indeed, we seek to enhance the requisite clinical skills needed to function as a professional counselor. In addition, and more broadly, we seek to train students to be critical thinkers, scientifically minded, culturally sensitive, promoters of social justice, and above all to be highly ethical and competent in their particular area of specialization. The Counselor Education mission statement embodies the personal and professional commitment that is required for those individuals who are intent on making a difference for people in our society.
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Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate value for human dignity and advocacy for clients/students and the profession while holding strong identities as professional counselors who are theory-informed and ethically-driven.
- Be competent leaders, advocates, and counselors who implement multicultural and social justice counseling competencies (MSJCC) by working with and on behalf of clients/students within a diverse society at the individual, school/community, and public arena levels.
- Apply developmental knowledge and the related nature/needs of clients/students in counseling approaches and interventions.
- Integrate career development knowledge and best practices in a holistic manner to effectively facilitate meaningful life planning of clients/students.
- Competently apply counseling theories, skills, and conceptual models to guide their professional practice.
- Understand and implement counseling group facilitation skills, theoretical foundations of group counseling/group work, and approaches towards group development, and dynamics for different types of groups.
- Demonstrate an understanding and application of best practices in assessment, testing, and evaluation in counseling practice.
- Employ scientifically-driven approaches in understanding, critiquing, and/or conducting program evaluation/research in counseling to guide professional practice.
- UNLV CMHC students will learn to assess, diagnose, treat, and advocate for clients in a multicultural society while emphasizing wellness, development, and evidenced-based practices.
- UNLV School Counseling students will learn to design and deliver developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive school counseling interventions (including curricula) that are based on analyzing data (in an ongoing process to assess learning, motivational, and developmental needs of students) and delivered within the context of a comprehensive school counseling program.
- Private practice
- State service provider
Master of Science - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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