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The Master of Arts degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers training in professional counseling. Our students are prepared for employment as professional counselors in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals, mental health agencies, human service agencies, churches, international ministries, and private counseling practice. This degree fulfills the educational requirements in most states for licensure as a Clinical Professional Counselor and certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Many of our graduates become licensed as Professional Counselors (LPC) or Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC) depending on the licenses available in the state where they practice. Some enter other related mental health ministries and careers. Other graduates of our program have gone on for doctoral work in counseling or clinical psychology programs. The coursework in this program was designed to meet or exceed the educational standards for professional counselors set forth by the state of Illinois and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Students accepted into the Master's Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling generally complete the 60-credit program in two years. The first year consists primarily of courses introducing the various theoretical schools of clinical practice. Summer between first and second years consists of required coursework and the start of internship.  During the second year students complete a two-semester internship and take the remaining requirements.

It is important that applicants review the licensing requirements of the states or countries in which they hope to practice since mental health practice at the master's level varies widely. Illinois master's professionals, for example, may currently be licensed as Clinical Professional Counselors. Graduate course requirements may differ from the requirements for licenses in other states. See the Licensing and Certification section for additional information.

Faculty and students join together in actively exploring the integration of Christian faith and professional counseling practice. During the first year students and faculty participate together in a year-long seminar entitled Social, Cultural and Spiritual Foundations of Mental Health which explores the impact of a Christian worldview on the developing identity of the mental health professional. During the internship year students and faculty participate in Internship Seminars focused on putting the concepts and theories of integration into practice.

Students are assisted in the search for an internship to fit their professional goals and interests. A wide variety of clinical settings welcome applicants from the Wheaton College Master's Program including outpatient practices, church counseling centers, community mental health centers, inpatient treatment facilities and college counseling clinics.

Many current and former faculty members and students in the program have a strong interest in the interface of ministry and mental health practice. Many alumni of our program serve with or assist mission agencies and missionaries around the world. Other graduates serve in nontraditional roles that bring the training and values of the mental health field into ministry roles within the church. Members of the psychology department are active in teaching and training professionals, clergy and lay people around the world.

Sequence of Courses

All courses in the program are required.  Additional course offerings are available, but may not be eligible for financial aid.

The typical sequencing of courses for students is as follows:

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Term

Year 1

611 - Soc./Cult./ Spirit. Fndtns Men Hlth I (1)

621 – Counseling Skills & Techniques (2)

621L - Counseling Skills Lab (1)

623 – Clin. Coun Theories & Practice I (3)

631 - Lifespan Development (3)

624 – Issues & Ethics in Professional Prac. (3)

Total 13

612 - Soc./Cult./ Spirit. Fndtns Men Health II (1)

614 - Group Counseling (2)

614L-Group Counseling Lab (1)

622 – Clinical Coun. Theories & Prac.  II (3)

636 - Family Systems Theory & Counseling (3)

641 – Assessment in Counseling (3)

Total 13

692 – Graduate Counseling Practicum (3)

693—Counseling Practicum Seminar (0)

653 – Lifestyle & Career Development (3)

BITH  - TSR req. (4) See catalog for listing of acceptable courses including BITH 565, 566, 576)

 

Total 10
Summer term required.

Year 2

642 – Psychopath.: Bio. & Soc. Fndtns. (3)

696 - Graduate Internship (3)

697 - Internship Seminar (0)

618 - Clinical Research and Program Eval (3)

649 - Multicultural Issues & Social Advocacy (3)

 

 

Total 12

613 – Soc./Cult./Spirit. Fndtns Men Hlth III (1)

696 - Graduate Internship (3)

697 - Internship Seminar (0)

632 – Situational and Developmental Crises (3)

651 - Substance Abuse & Addictions (3)

BITH 561 – Theological Anthropology (2)

Total 12

 

 

 

The Master of Arts degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers training in professional counseling. Our students are prepared for employment as professional counselors in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals, mental health agencies, human service agencies, churches, international ministries, and private counseling practice. This degree fulfills the educational requirements in most states for licensure as a Clinical Professional Counselor and certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Many of our graduates become licensed as Professional Counselors (LPC) or Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC) depending on the licenses available in the state where they practice. Some enter other related mental health ministries and careers. Other graduates of our program have gone on for doctoral work in counseling or clinical psychology programs. The coursework in this program was designed to meet or exceed the educational standards for professional counselors set forth by the state of Illinois and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Students accepted into the Master's Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling generally complete the 60-credit program in two years. The first year consists primarily of courses introducing the various theoretical schools of clinical practice. Summer between first and second years consists of required coursework and the start of internship.  During the second year students complete a two-semester internship and take the remaining requirements.

It is important that applicants review the licensing requirements of the states or countries in which they hope to practice since mental health practice at the master's level varies widely. Illinois master's professionals, for example, may currently be licensed as Clinical Professional Counselors. Graduate course requirements may differ from the requirements for licenses in other states. See the Licensing and Certification section for additional information.

Faculty and students join together in actively exploring the integration of Christian faith and professional counseling practice. During the first year students and faculty participate together in a year-long seminar entitled Social, Cultural and Spiritual Foundations of Mental Health which explores the impact of a Christian worldview on the developing identity of the mental health professional. During the internship year students and faculty participate in Internship Seminars focused on putting the concepts and theories of integration into practice.

Students are assisted in the search for an internship to fit their professional goals and interests. A wide variety of clinical settings welcome applicants from the Wheaton College Master's Program including outpatient practices, church counseling centers, community mental health centers, inpatient treatment facilities and college counseling clinics.

Many current and former faculty members and students in the program have a strong interest in the interface of ministry and mental health practice. Many alumni of our program serve with or assist mission agencies and missionaries around the world. Other graduates serve in nontraditional roles that bring the training and values of the mental health field into ministry roles within the church. Members of the psychology department are active in teaching and training professionals, clergy and lay people around the world.

Sequence of Courses

All courses in the program are required.  Additional course offerings are available, but may not be eligible for financial aid.

The typical sequencing of courses for students is as follows:

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Term

Year 1

611 - Soc./Cult./ Spirit. Fndtns Men Hlth I (1)

621 – Counseling Skills & Techniques (2)

621L - Counseling Skills Lab (1)

623 – Clin. Coun Theories & Practice I (3)

631 - Lifespan Development (3)

624 – Issues & Ethics in Professional Prac. (3)

Total 13

612 - Soc./Cult./ Spirit. Fndtns Men Health II (1)

614 - Group Counseling (2)

614L-Group Counseling Lab (1)

622 – Clinical Coun. Theories & Prac.  II (3)

636 - Family Systems Theory & Counseling (3)

641 – Assessment in Counseling (3)

Total 13

692 – Graduate Counseling Practicum (3)

693—Counseling Practicum Seminar (0)

653 – Lifestyle & Career Development (3)

BITH  - TSR req. (4) See catalog for listing of acceptable courses including BITH 565, 566, 576)

 

Total 10
Summer term required.

Year 2

642 – Psychopath.: Bio. & Soc. Fndtns. (3)

696 - Graduate Internship (3)

697 - Internship Seminar (0)

618 - Clinical Research and Program Eval (3)

649 - Multicultural Issues & Social Advocacy (3)

 

 

Total 12

613 – Soc./Cult./Spirit. Fndtns Men Hlth III (1)

696 - Graduate Internship (3)

697 - Internship Seminar (0)

632 – Situational and Developmental Crises (3)

651 - Substance Abuse & Addictions (3)

BITH 561 – Theological Anthropology (2)

Total 12

 

 

 

Additional Clinical Course Offerings

The following list of courses are available for the students of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program to enroll in.  These courses may not be eligible for financial aid.  Please consult with a financial aid advisor to make that determination.

Fall

Spring 

Summer 

CMHC 625 - Advanced Psychodynamic CMHC 644 - Child & Adolescent Interventions PSYC 849 - Sexuality and Sex Therapy (3)
CMHC 633 - Couples Counseling CMHC 661 - Spiritual Direction and Care for the Soul PSYC 893 - Advanced Topic Seminars (1)
CMHC 647 - Foundations of Play Therapy PSYC 838 - Advanced Marital and Family Therapy