Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

With or without thesis

Overview

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Students learn theories and techniques for counseling individuals, families and groups, and administration and interpretation of psychometric assessment. This major has all the courses required to qualify for admission to the Ohio Professional Counselor licensure exam.

The College of Education and Human Services Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through October 31, 2014. Learn more about the CACREP accreditation.

Note: Students will be evaluated for endorsement by Department faculty for demonstrating, ethical, academic, and clinical competence in the professional orientation.

CMHC Narrative Report

Last year, there were 35 graduates of Wright State University's CMHC program. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on licensing examinations. The pass rate for graduates taking the NCE examination in 2012 was 97%. Of the admitted students, 67% graduate from the program in the expected time period and 85% of those program graduates responding to surveys were employed in the field within six months of graduation.

Year: 2013
Number of Graduates: 35
Completion Rate: 67%*
NCE Exam Pass Rate: 97%
Placement: 85%**

*Represents the percentage of students that graduated within the 3 year expected time frame. Many students exceed this time frame due to balancing full-time jobs and family responsibilities.
**Represents the percentage of students who were employed in the field within six months of graduation.

Contact Information

Program Director

Richard Wantz, Ed.D.
M097 Creative Arts Center
(937) 775-3481
richard.wantz@wright.edu

Donna Tromski-Klingshirn, Ph.D.
M068 Creative Arts Center
(937) 775-3288/2075
donna.tromski@wright.edu

Admission

Admission Deadlines

The graduate counseling and rehabilitation counseling programs review and admit new student twice a year. You are eligible to begin your program the following semester after you are admitted (i.e., students admitted in the fall are eligible to start taking classes in the spring semester, and so on.) The deadline to have all required application materials submitted to the Graduate School is as follows:

    Spring 2015 Semester Admission: September 19, 2014
    Summer 2015 or Fall 2015 Semester Admission: February 3, 2015
    Spring 2016 Semester Admission: September 18, 2015

Only complete applications will be forward to the Department of Human Services office for review. Please check with the Graduate School at (937) 775-2976 to determine if your application is complete. After department review, successful candidates will be invited to a required group interview (successful candidates will receive invitation via mail). Group interviews details are provided in invitation letter.

Admission Requirements

  • 3.0 cumulative minimum GPA or better, and GRE score of 291 (Q&V sections combined) or MAT scaled score of 403

OR

  • 3.3 cumulative minimum GPA

*Applicants can also be admitted conditionally if cumulative GPA is between 2.3 and 2.9

Admission Process

1

Apply to Graduate School.

2

Submit:

3

Successfully complete an interview with program faculty.

Questions about the graduate school application?  Contact:

Graduate School
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: (937) 775-2976
Fax: (937) 775-2453
Toll-free Number: 1-800-452-4723
Email: wsugrad@wright.edu

Practicum

CNL 8650: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum Requirements

Average of 7 clock hours per week for fall and spring semesters and 9 clock hours per week for summer semester are required for a minimum of 100 total clock hours on site. Of these 100 hours, 40 clock hours are required of direct contact with clients (individual, couple, marriage and family and or group counseling, appraisal and consultation). At least 25% of the direct contact time should be individual counseling and at least 25% group counseling, e.g., it could be 45% individual, 45% group and 10% assessment, or any combination. A minimum of 1 clock hour per week of direct face-to-face supervision with the PCC-S Site Supervisor is required.

Prerequisites

  • CNL 6010 Counseling Theory and Practice
  • CNL 6020* Techniques of Counseling
  • CNL 6030 Statistics, Research and Program Evaluation for Counseling
  • CNL 7230 Assessment and Evaluation in Counseling
  • CNL 6200 Clinical Pathology in Counseling
  • CNL 6220 Group Background and Theory OR CNL 7220 Group Process in Counseling
  • CNL 7240 Career Counseling and Development
  • CNL 7260 Marriage and Family Counseling
  • CNL 7270 Counseling for Life-Span Development
  • CNL 7280 Legal, Professional, and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • CNL 7290 Multicultural Counseling

*CNL 6020 Techniques of Counseling, is suggested to be completed no earlier than two terms prior to the beginning of practicum.

Application for Practicum:

Appendix:
  • The student needs to submit an application (Appendix 1), proof of liability insurance ,an unofficial academic advising report, and a copy of the program of study, by the dates specified below for each semester of CNL 8670.
  • Complete and submit the application (Appendix 2), Counseling Practicum Contract/ Memo of Understanding – CNL 8650.
     
Artifacts
  • Diversity Strand: CNL 7290 graded Reflection Paper (i.e., Life History, Reaction Paper, Cultural Visit Paper).
  • Technology Strand: PowerPoint, Excel, Pilot, or Elluminate Live (Blackboard Collaborate) graded assignment.
  • Professionalism Strand: Professional Resume completed in CNL 7280. Must be a grade “B” or better.
  • Emotional Intelligence Strand: CNL 7230 emotional intelligence assessment (results).

The above artifacts are due along with the student’s practicum application. If the student does not have a grade for one of the above assignments due to an online submission, or the nature of the assignment, a copy of the assignment should be turned in without the grade.

Applications and paperwork apply for one semester only-students MUST apply each semester they plan to register for Internship.The student must supply verification of liability insurance at the time of each application. A photocopy of the insurance application and check will not fulfill this requirement. The student can provide a copy of the policy or anything that states their name and the dates that they will be covered by the insurance. Student applications to join the American Counseling Association (ACA) and applications for ACA Professional Liability Insurance are available in 108 Allyn Hall. Students may also join the AMHCA for Professional Liability Insurance.

Practicum Requirements
  •  On-Site Requirements Individual and Group Practicum (CNL 8650): The student is required to spend a minimum of 7 hours per week* (for a minimum total of 100 hours per semester) at his/her site; however, a site may require additional hours. Of the 100 hours, a minimum total of 40 hours must involve direct client contact. Of these 40 hours, at least 25 percent (10 hours) must be of individual counseling and at least 25 percent (10 hours) must be of group counseling. The remaining 50 percent (20 hours) may be a combination of counseling: individuals, groups, couples, families, consultation, and appraisal. In addition, 1 hour per week must be direct individual supervision of the practicum student by the site supervisor. For purposes of critique and evaluation, a minimum of one audio or video taping per week is required. Intake interviews alone will not fulfill these requirements. Students have the responsibility for following site procedures, both for securing permission to tape and insuring the confidentiality of the obtained tape. Students are strongly encouraged to exceed the minimum number of required counseling hours per week.
  •  Site supervisors must have a master's degree in counseling or a related profession with equivalent qualifications, Ohio licensure as a professional clinical counselor with supervising status (PCC-S) with the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (OCSWMFT), and a minimum of two years of pertinent professional experience in the program area the student is completing practicum.

*Wright State University’s summer sessions are 12-week semesters. Students registered for Practicum during a summer semester will be required to spend a minimum of 9 hours per week at his/her site, in order to obtain the minimum 100 hours required for practicum.

Internship

CNL 8670: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The student is required to complete a total of 6 credit hours of CNL 8670 for a minimum of 600 clock hours at his/her internship site with a minimum of 240 direct client contact clock hours (individual, couple, marriage and family and or group counseling, appraisal and consultation). One credit hour equals 100 clock hours on site.This may be accomplished in one of the following sequences below for the 15-week Fall & Spring semester.The following are minimum internship requirements.

Prerequisites
• In addition to completing the requirements for practicum, the practicum (CNL 8650) must be completed.

Applications and paperwork apply for one semester only-students MUST apply each semester they plan to register for Internship.The student must supply verification of liability insurance at the time of each application. A photocopy of the insurance application and check will not fulfill this requirement. The student can provide a copy of the policy or anything that states their name and the dates that they will be covered by the insurance. Student applications to join the American Counseling Association (ACA) and applications for ACA Professional Liability Insurance are available in 108 Allyn Hall. Students may also join the AMHCA for Professional Liability Insurance.

Summer Semester and Fall Semester- February 15 Spring Semester – October 10

Internship Requirements

*Please refer to the Practicum and Internship PowerPoint presentation on the DHS homepage for additional information.The following procedures are required in order to register for
CNL 8670:

  • 1.The student needs to submit an application (Appendix 1), proof of liability insurance ,an unofficial academic advising report, and a copy of the program of study, by the dates specified below for each semester of CNL 8670:
Last semester Internship submissions:
  • Content Knowledge Strand: NBCC exams or department comprehensive exam results (evidence of passing)
Pedagogical Content Knowledge Strand:
  • CNL 8650 and CNL 8670 Site Supervisor Practicum and Internship Evaluations (Appendix 5).
  • Completed Impact on Client Needs forms that reflect successful interventions (Appendix 9).
  • Graded CNL 9530 Case Conceptualization assignment (this requirement is for Clinical Mental Health Students only).
Last semester of enrollment students must submit the following artifacts:
  • Content Knowledge Strand: PC or department comprehensive exam results
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge Strand: CNL 8650 and CNL 8670 Site Supervisor Practicum and Internship Evaluation. Completed Impact on client Needs forms that show successful intervention(s).
Internship may be accomplished in one of the following sequences:

Sequence 1: 2 credit hours per semester (for 3 semesters)

  • A minimum of 14 clock hours per week on site for fall and spring semester, and 17 clock hours per week on site for summer semester (minimum 200 clock hours per semester).
  • A minimum of 80 direct client contact clock hours. Additional requirements are detailed in the Clinical Mental Health Internship manual.
  • A minimum of 1 clock hour per week of direct face-to-face supervision with the PCC-S Site Supervisor.
  • A minimum of 1.5 clock hours per week of group supervision with the University Faculty Supervisor.

Sequence 2: 3 credit hours per semester (for 2 semesters)

  • A minimum of 20 clock hours per week on site for fall and spring semesters, and 25 clock hours per week for summer semester at the site (300 clock hours minimum per semester).
  • A minimum of 120 direct client contact clock hours. Additional requirements are detailed in the Clinical Mental Health Internship manual.
  • A minimum of 1 clock hour per week of direct face-to-face supervision with the PCC-S Site Supervisor.
  • A minimum of 1.5 clock hours per week of group supervision with the University Faculty Supervisor.

Sequence 3: 4 credit hour semester (for a combination of 2 credit hours one semester and 4 credit hours another semester)

  • A minimum of 27 clock hours per week at the site for fall and spring semester and 34 clock hours per week at the site for summer semester (400 clock hours minimum per semester).
  • A minimum of 160 direct client contact clock hours. Additional requirements are detailed in the Clinical Mental Health Internship manual.
  • A minimum of 1 clock hour per week of direct face-to-face supervision with the PCC-S Site Supervisor per week.
  • A minimum of 1.5 clock hours per week of group supervision with the University Faculty Supervisor.

Program Outcomes

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students learn theories and techniques for counseling individuals, families and groups, and administration and interpretation of psychometric assessment.  This major has all the courses required to qualify for admission to the Ohio Professional Counselor licensure exam (NCE). 

Last year, there were 37 graduates of Wright State University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on licensing examinations. The pass rate for graduates taking the NCE examination in 2012 was 100%. Of the admitted students, 46% graduate from the program in the expected time period.