The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program at The Chicago School's downtown Chicago Campus prepares students to provide high-quality mental health services to a diverse clientele in a variety of community settings. Our master's program is a 60 credit hour, on-ground counselor education training program that provides strong preparation in clinical mental health counseling competencies including ethics, research, evaluation, diagnosis, theories, career assessment, and counseling interventions.
The Chicago School's Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program combines rigorous coursework with supervised clinical training that provide opportunities to put theory into practice in real-world settings. Graduates will be prepared to provide counseling services to individuals, families, couples and groups, and will have the skills to help clients work through a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, low self-esteem, stress, relationship difficulties and suicidal impulses.
Our master's program incorporates the thirteen content areas required by the State of Illinois for licensure, and the eight content areas outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to prepare those students seeking professional counselor licensure and desiring to begin professional practice at the master’s level.
Through its M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, the Counseling Department embraces this commitment through the integration of multicultural education and diversity across its curriculum; successful students demonstrate an appreciation for and competency in this area. Likewise, the faculty reflects experience in graduate level teaching and counseling practice with diverse clinical populations.
The program seeks to serve a diverse student body from throughout the Midwest, and the country, and from a number of international countries.