Master of Arts

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) concentration is intended to train professional counseling generalists. Typically, students completing this concentration are employed in public and private mental health settings, employment agencies, youth service bureaus, human resource development agencies, employee assistance programs, hospice organizations, post-secondary educational settings, correctional institutions, welfare departments, local community service agencies, and religious institutions. Students are encouraged to use elective courses and their practicum and internship clinical experiences to develop additional areas of specific expertise for their preferred setting. Individuals who complete the CMHC concentration receive training in the knowledge and skills necessary to work with clients to promote mental wellness across the lifespan.

Students who complete the CMHC concentration are eligible to apply for licensure as professional counselors (LPC), provided they fulfill state mandated requirements, which include passing a background check and licensure exam and completing supervised hours as a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC).

School Counseling Concentration

The School Counseling concentration prepares students to work in K-12 public or private school settings. This program is monitored and approved by the Michigan Department of Education. Courses in the School Counseling specialization incorporate a developmental approach to delivering school counseling services in culturally diverse settings.

The Michigan School Counseling Association was instrumental in the 1993 adoption of a comprehensive K-12 developmental guidance program by the State Board of Education. This model is stressed in the school counseling curriculum.

Students who complete the school counseling specialization (with or without an existing teaching certificate) may be employed as school counselors and recommended for the School Counselor License (SCL). All applicants for the School Counselor License (SCL) must have received a passing score on the Michigan State Department of Education's Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Guidance Counselor examination (see School Licensure section for additional information).

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration

The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) concentration prepares students to work in rehabilitation settings, such as the Veterans Administration. Students completing this concentration receive additional training specific to working with clients who have disabilities including medical aspects of disabilities, psychosocial aspects of disabilities, and employment for people with disabilities.

Students who complete the CRC concentration are eligible to apply for licensure as professional counselors (LPC), provided they fulfill state mandated requirements, which include passing a background check and licensure exam and completing supervised hours as a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC). CRC students are also eligible to apply for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential.

Combined Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling Concentration

Students may pursue a combined concentration that fulfills the requirements for the Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling concentrations. This combined concentration prepares students for licensure as professional (LPC) and school (SCL) counselors, so they can work in a variety of employment settings.

Art Therapy

Clinical Mental Health Counseling students can choose to complete additional training in Art Therapy. Specializing in Art Therapy prepares counselors to work effectively as professional counselors (LPCs), while utilizing creative and expressive art therapies. These therapies are based on the belief that many people can express themselves through art in ways they are unable to do otherwise.