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MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Valparaiso University



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The clinical mental health counseling program at Valparaiso University serves as an ethical and professional point of entry for individuals from diverse populations interested in acquiring the requisite skills associated with becoming a licensed professional counselor. The CMHC program emphasizes the development of professional identity, awareness of cultural diversity and spirituality, and basic counselor competencies. It is the mission of the clinical mental health counseling program faculty to prepare counselors who will ethically promote the well-being of individuals, families, mental health organizations, and communities located in metropolitan, rural, and global settings.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Curriculum

The CACREP Accredited program in clinical mental health counseling is particularly appropriate for persons who plan to seek licensure in the state of Indiana (or states with similar statutes) as a clinical mental health counselor. In fact, professional licensure in Indiana and many other states exists only at this 60-credit level. Students expecting to use the Master of Arts to meet requirements for certification or licensure will need to carefully plan their program of study to meet applicable requirements. The clinical mental health counseling program is designed to provide advanced education and professional training in:

  • Human development
  • Appraisal
  • Biological and learned bases of behavior
  • Research and program evaluation
  • Social and cultural foundations of counseling
  • Professional roles and ethics
  • Counseling theory and practice
  • Mental health counseling foundations
  • Group processes
  • Contextual dimensions of counseling
  • Lifestyle and career development
  • Practical/clinical skills for counseling

Objective 1: Professional Identity

Students will develop personal identification with and commitment to a professional counseling identity grounded in ethics and guided by best practice. Students will demonstrate their professional identity, emphasizing leadership and service, by becoming active in appropriate professional counseling organizations.

Objective 2: Awareness of Cultural Diversity and Spirituality

Students will acquire awareness of themselves and others through learning and incorporating cognitive, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the self and will utilize clinical skills that are consistent with the respectful and cultural dictates of clients.

Objective 3: Counselor Competencies

Students will demonstrate skills aligned with the counseling profession in a counseling context as they relate to clinical skills, converting counseling knowledge/theories into best professional practice, advocacy, and social justice.

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Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees

USD $650 per credit hour


08 Jan


College of Arts and Sciences

Valparaiso University,

1400 Chapel Drive,



46383, United States

Entry requirement for international students

To qualify for an admission recommendation into a Graduate School program, all doctorate, master’s, and certificate applicants must: Graduate from an accredited college or university; Graduate with a 3.0 GPA (B-average) in all undergraduate and/or graduate coursework.

English proficiency may be met with the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE). 6.0 minimum IELTS with no more than two sub scores below 6.0; 75 minimum TOEFL internet-based score must come directly from ETS to be considered valid for admission; Certain programs require a higher IELTS or TOEFL score; 56 minimum PTE; Completion of a recognized English second language (ESL) program; GRE is not required for most programs.

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