Master of Arts in Counseling
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy
Clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) students complete a broad based and comprehensive clinical training specialization that prepares them to pursue licensure with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs). Our CMHC program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Licensed professional clinical counselors practice independently in a variety of settings such as hospitals, community mental health agencies, and colleges and universities, treating clients who struggle with everything from adjusting to life to serious mental illnesses. The CMHC specialization uses an evidence based clinical practice approach with an emphasis on addressing the mental health needs of underserved and culturally diverse populations in San Diego County.
Each student engages in further study of specific clinical issues and populations through practica, research and professional development, and completes a minimum of 725 hours of supervised clinical experience during his or her graduate program.