Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy
Students in our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program include individuals seeking to serve a variety of populations. Our students often have a background in psychology or other social sciences and most are seeking to enter the profession of counseling by earning licensure as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs). Click here to view our student profiles.
Student Outcomes Data
Graduates of the M.A. in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling typically seek licensure as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) or in another state. Some continue on to doctoral work. No matter their plans, our students can count on the advice and support of our Counseling faculty and our Career Services counselors for assistance with next steps. Valuable information on licensure pathways can be found on the BBS website and the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors website. We take pride in preparing our students for success in their profession, as shown by the data in Figure 1 and Table 1
Table 1. USD SOLES Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program – Student Outcomes Data
|Number of 2014-2015 Graduates||Cohort Completion Rate1||CA BBS LPCC Exam Pass Rate2||Job Placement Rate3|
1Note: Cohort completion rates are calculated based on the advertised program length for full time and part time candidates.
2Note: CMHC is a fairly new program at USD and only a small number of graduates (n<5) have reached the stage in their intern program to sit for the CA BBS LPCC Exam. Data will be posted when it becomes available.
3Note: Job placement rates are based on 2013-2014 Alumni Survey Data and refer to alumni employment attained within 6 months of graduation.
Our alumni have gone on to work at a wide variety of organizations, including:
Alumni Job Titles
Mental Health Therapist
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist
The following quotes were drawn from surveys of recent graduates and alumni of the program.
On the factors most important to their overall satisfaction with the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program:
"Receiving support both academically and personally from professors and my advisors. Also, having my advisor advocate for me in Practicum matters."
"The involvement and support from a select few professors was my favorite part of the program. Being taught by actual LPCC or professors practicing in the clinical mental health field was extremely helpful."
"I think it was the students, professors, and supervisors that really help[ed] shape my experience at USD SOLES. I've really enjoyed all that was being taught and it really was a great learning experience."
Regarding ways their program of study enhanced their effectiveness in the workplace:
"I felt more professional than others I work with. I have felt like had a broader range of education and was more knowledgeable than those I work/interned with. I also felt more supported based on hearing about other students experiences that were enrolled in other programs."
"I use the skills I gained in the counseling program daily, when dealing with clients and in other counseling situations."
"I am able to apply my clinical skills with every case and feel comfortable with making a diagnosis."
"Understanding theories and developing my own orientation and style through reading, discussing, and practicing is one important aspect of my education that has made me more effective. I have developed a self-awareness and enough knowledge to be intentional in my client interventions so that my clinical decisions are evidence-based. I also have experience working with other helping professionals in various settings and can work within a team context, if needed."
Regarding the quality of faculty advising and mentoring received during the program:
"The professors I had at USD provided guidance and support beyond all expectation. They are excellent teachers and professional role models. They were available outside of class, if needed, and truly care about the students."
"I think it was very thorough. I was always able to contact the professors if I had questions... I felt I was able to voice my concerns about my track in school, my internship site and about my future career. The whole department was very accessible."
"Our professors were very well connected in the community and always seemed to have a resource for any avenue we wanted to pursue."
"I thoroughly enjoyed working with the faculty and have learned a lot from them. I am still in contact with many of my professors and work with them on projects currently."
"I felt that the best learning came from teachers with real life experience in the field as a mental health counselor/therapist."
On the international experience:
"The International experience that I was able to have while taking classes was the most amazing opportunity and I am so glad I did it. It was a real treat to be able to travel while in school, and for not very much additional money due to the tuition cut for the trip. I hope that this opportunity is always around for future students."