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Degree Requirements

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum includes a 60-hour emphasis to prepare students to enter careers in human service delivery systems or to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Note that licensure in Louisiana (and most states) requires completion of additional post-graduate supervised counseling experience and a passing grade on a National Counselor Exam.

Graduate courses cover topics such as:

  • Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Basic Facilitative Skills
  • Adult and Child Psychopathology
  • Analysis of the individual
  • Educational Research
  • Theory and Procedure in Group Counseling
  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Advanced Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Cross Cultural Counseling
  • Career and Lifestyle Development
  • Psychological Counseling Practicum I
  • Psychological Counseling Practicum II
  • Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Professional Issues and Ethics in Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavior Theory & Application
  • (3) Approved Electives
  • Counseling Externship
  • Clinical Mental Health Master’s Comprehensive Examination

An externship worth six credits must be completed with 600 clock hours in an approved field placement. In addition, a written master’s comprehensive examination is required upon completion of the program.

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