About the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program

As a student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program at the University of Dayton, you'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to become a successful counselor in community-based and private counseling sessions. We embrace a holistic approach to working with individuals, families and communities, and you will learn to use leading methodologies to practice effectively in any environment.

This 60-semester hour master's degree program is a generalist curriculum. The structure of this program allows you to choose to complete the degree in 2.5 or 3.5 calendar years.

The MSE in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is fully accredited as a community counseling program by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist (OSWMFT) Board to provide training toward the PC and PCC licenses. Program coursework also meets requirements for licensure in most other states.

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Program highlights

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Program objectives

Successful participation in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program enables you to:

  • Demonstrate a professional counselor identity through participation in professional organizations, acquisition of ethical and legal knowledge and recognition of a professional developmental process characterized by the integration of personal and professional experiences.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to enable an appreciation of cultural differences and their influence on counseling practice, and a developing openness toward “others.”
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply an understanding of the process of human development as holistic — involving mind, body and spirit, spanning a lifetime, and resulting in varying outcomes due to the interactions between individual and environmental factors.
  • Demonstrate the characteristics effective helpers as they grow in acquiring theoretical knowledge, therapeutic relational skills and self-awareness through critical reflection.
  • Demonstrate abilities to successfully practice clinical mental health counseling in public and private behavioral health care systems by acquiring the knowledge, skills and dispositions to think and speak in the vernacular of the medical model (i.e. the current DSM) within a broader contextual understanding of the holistic (mind, body, spirit) nature of the human experience.

Gain professional experience

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is structured so course content is accompanied by appropriate field experiences. Practicum experiences are designed to provide you with opportunities to practice skills that are required in professional practice, while receiving direct supervision from a professional counselor.

Internship is a culminating activity that provides students with the opportunity to develop professional competency in counseling skills, including the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders while under supervision from a professional clinical counselor. 

The practicum and internship are completed over three to four semesters in a clinical mental health agency setting, with supervision provided by an appropriately licensed clinical counselor on site as well as by faculty supervisors on campus.

What can I do with this degree?

With a degree in clinical mental health counseling, you can pursue a career in therapeutic programs involving the prevention and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.

Graduates can be licensed as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC), and work in a variety of settings, including community agencies, hospitals and clinics, as well as in private practices, providing counseling and psychotherapy for clients who are struggling with mental and emotional disorders, substance abuse, family and relationship difficulties, and career development needs.

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Department of Counselor Education & Human Services

Fitz Hall 629 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2962

937-229-3644