The mission statement for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is as follows: The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MCMH) program has as its mission the professional training of candidates interested in working in mental health settings. Candidates will acquire competencies to perform successfully as clinicians, consultants, advocates, and leaders in the mental health industry of the region and state. The program prepares culturally competent, culturally sensitive and ethical counselors and citizens to work effectively in a pluralistic society. The faculty designs and delivers academic and clinical experiences to all students in ways that recognize, respect and value the diversity of students’ backgrounds, characteristics, beliefs, and abilities. The MCMH program meets the standards established by the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners by providing training consistent with requirements for licensure as a “licensed professional counselor” in the state of Louisiana as well as other states.
This graduate program helps students develop the counseling skills needed to serve different client populations in a variety of settings. Students get hands-on experience through the on-campus Counselor Training Clinic and an externship. The curriculum also focuses on administering and interpreting psychological tests as well as using research techniques to solve practical counseling problems. Students also learn to practice clinical mental health counseling in a manner consistent with the ethical standards of the field.
Area agencies and businesses who have employed our graduates are Gulf Coast Family Teaching Services, Magnolia Family Services, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Assisi Bridge House, NSU Counseling Center, Meadowridge Treatment Center, St. John Clinical Counseling, Calais Rehab Options, Chabert Medical Psychiatric Unit, Fairview Treatment Center, Family Services of Greater New Orleans, St Anne Behavioral Health Unit, Options for Independence, Peltier-Lawless Developmental Center, Lafourche Parish Drug Court, Lafourche Parish Juvenile Justice Center, Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority (Juvenile Drug Court), Terrebonne Parish Drug Treatment Court, Bayou Mental Health, Terrebonne General Medical Center, Terrebonne Mental Health Center, Advocates for Juvenile and Adult Rights, Kenner, , Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Division of Social Services, St. Anne Hospital, St. Mary Parish Drug Court Treatment Clinic, St. James Parish Public School System Intern Membership Program, Family Care, Inc. and Nicholls State University Counseling Center.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs are in the process of a self-study for the purpose of CACREP accreditation which was initiated during the Fall 2011 semester. Both programs submitted an application for consideration in December, 2012.