Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Limited Residency | 2 to 2 1/2 Years | Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Designed for the Working Professional

Earn a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling while maintaining your current professional lifestyle. We have designed a limited-residency education model to provide you with an accessible, manageable experience. We empower your education, whether you are branching into a new profession or building on your current career.

Meet the Highest Professional Standards

We have designed our program to meet CACREP accreditation standards—the foremost accrediting body for graduate counseling education. Our commitment to providing the most rigorous education will position you to practice at the highest professional level with the greatest flexibility.

Diverse Degree Combinations

Pair your Master’s in Mental Health Counseling with counseling expertise in another subject. Diversify your practice and your client population with dual-degree options in addiction counseling, school counseling, clinical rehabilitation counseling, and marriage, couples, and family counseling. Continuously refresh your practice while helping as many clients as possible.

Become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor

We provide the theory framework and hands-on experience required to become a licensed mental health counselor. Gain the prerequisites and skills to maximize your performance on crucial licensure exams.

Serve in a Critical Area of Need

In the midst of a nationwide mental health crisis, Utah is one of the most underserved populations in the U.S. Provide critical counseling services for communities in dire need of assistance. Position yourself to help others, while joining an in-demand, up-and-coming profession.

DUAL-DEGREE MASTER’S OPTIONS

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions offers 5 separate counseling master’s degrees that you can pursue alongside one another. Our dual-degree programs allow you to pair clinical mental health counseling with a master’s in either school counseling, addiction counseling, clinical rehabilitation counseling, or marriage, couples, and family counseling. This 72-credit dual-degree option requires only 12 extra credits—alongside the additional corresponding clinical hours—to equip you with a rare and flexible skillset.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling/School Counseling

A school/mental health counselor listens to a teenager in a counseling sessionCLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING/SCHOOL COUNSELING

Schools are an environment where a good counselor can make a lifelong impact on their clients. Pair your skills as a clinical mental health counselor with a master’s in school counseling to be able to make a difference in nearly every clinical context.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Addiction Counseling

Clinical mental health/addiction counselor speaks with a female clientCLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING/ADDICTION COUNSELING

Especially if you plan to practice in Utah, where the population faces a dire battle with drug use, having a strong background in addiction counseling could enormously benefit your future clients. Courses in biopsychosocial aspects of addiction, addiction treatment, and other areas train you to serve people facing this all-too-common struggle.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling

Clinical mental health/marriage, couples, and family counselor in a counseling session with a coupleCLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING/MARRIAGE, COUPLES AND FAMILY COUNSELING 

Combine your mental health counseling expertise with a focus on family therapy. Explore complex family dynamics to help empower your clients to cultivate their most meaningful relationships.

Learn how to apply system theories for families and couples while also helping children and adolescents within the family framework.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Clinical mental health/rehabilitation counselor listens to client while holding and taking notes on a clipboardCLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING/CLINICAL REHABILITATION COUNSELING

Assist clients with physical, developmental, and emotional disabilities to craft and achieve personal goals based on their unique circumstances. Develop a client-centered perspective that assists clients to function effectively within their vocations and overall environments.

Examine the biopsychosocial aspects of impairment and disability, and create systems of support that empower the differently-abled, and learn treatment plans that help clients maximize their potential.

CURRICULUM

This 60-credit course of study, designed to meet CACREP standards, prepares you to counsel a wide range of client populations in a variety of professional environments. Work in community agencies, such as mental health centers, private counseling agencies, substance abuse treatment centers, and child and adolescent counseling clinics. Or provide counseling within business, industry, or private practice. You’ll become a flexible, capable counselor ready to serve nearly wherever you see an opportunity.

Mental health counselor takes notes during session with a male client

Counseling Core

Our 36-credit core counseling curriculum teaches the fundamentals of clinical mental health counseling practice. Learn the foundations of human development, psychodiagnosis, social and cultural counseling, and other areas as you gain a versatile base of practical knowledge. These theoretical frameworks and techniques will sustain your practice for years to come.

Practicum & Internships

Work with faculty to secure a preceptor and clinical location that enables you to develop your skills under professional supervision. Gain a combined total of at least 700 clock hours and 280 client contact hours to grow into an independent clinician. Practice within a context that fits your professional interests and goals.

Learn Mental Health Counseling Frameworks

Specialize your expertise through targeted clinical mental health counseling courses that help you develop a nuanced understanding of the field. Courses in mental health counseling systems, psychopharmacology, and other impactful areas build a foundation for you to thrive in myriad professional contexts. Classes that link mental health counseling to family and marriage counseling also enable you to become a well-rounded, flexible clinician.

Integrate Your Skills and Knowledge

Become a complete counselor by combining all facets of your practice into a cohesive skillset. We embrace periodic opportunities to assess our students’ knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions to prepare you for the complete clinical experience. This helps you identify your weaknesses and build on your strengths to develop your personal counseling approach.

3 Onsite Immersions

Over the course of our roughly 2-year program, you will make three trips to our campus in Provo, Utah for a 2-day academic immersion experience. Connect with faculty and students, gain intensive in-person training, and take advantage of RMUoHP’s many on-campus resources. It’s an opportunity to build your skills, make lasting professional connections, and fully focus on your long-term career goals.

MISSION & VISION

 

The mission of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is to educate current and future healthcare professionals for outcomes-oriented, evidence-based practice. The University demonstrates mission fulfillment through the quality of its education and success of its students in academic programs that develop leaders skilled in clinical inquiry and prepared to effect healthcare change.

The vision of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is to advance the quality, delivery, and efficacy of healthcare.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Winter 2022

Priority Application Deadline: November 1, 2021
Final Application Deadline: December 6, 2021
Semester Start:  January 4, 2022

Summer 2022

Priority Application Deadline: March 7, 2022
Final Application Deadline: April 4, 2022
Semester Start:  May 2, 2022

Fall 2022

Priority Application Deadline: July 5, 2022
Final Application Deadline: August 1, 2022
Semester Start:  August 29, 2022

 

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • An overall minimum 2.75 undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • An acceptable undergraduate statistics course with a grade of a C or higher
  • Acceptable test scores from one of the following standardized tests: GRE, MAT, or PLT. (This criterion is waived for applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better or hold a conferred master’s degree or higher)
  • Three letters of recommendations (at least 2 from professional references)

The University requires specific vaccinations for those who will be present on campus for University activities such as commencement, limited residencies, or on-site weeks. For a current list of these required vaccinations please see the University statement about vaccinations and exemptions (https://rm.edu/vaccination-statement/).

COUNSELING ACCREDITATION SITE DATA

Admissions Rates

28. LE1. Vital Statistics – Maintain descriptive statistics of the student body.  

Cohort 1 Sum 2020

Cohort 2 Fall 2020

Cohort 3 Win 2021

Cohort 4 Sum 2021

A. Applications Data

1. Applicants

17

19

19

27

2. Completed Application

17

17

19

26

3. Withdrew

1

1

2

5

4. Denied

0

0

0

0

5. Admitted 

17

17

17

21

6. Minority Recruitment

  1. Gender

Male

Female

Other

4

13

0

4

13

0

2

15

0

8

13

0

  1. Self-Report Minority

Sexual Orientation

0

0

0

0

  1. White 

Black or African American

Hispanic of any race

Asian 

American Indian/ Alaska Native

Native Hawaiian/Pacific 

Two or more races

Race or Ethnicity unknown

Nonresident Alien

14

1

1

2

16

1

16

1

20

1

1

Graduation Rates/Attrition Rates

Data pending. Our first cohort has not graduated yet.

Faculty

Core Faculty:

Verl T. Pope

ED.D., LPC, CMHC, NCC, CCMHC, ACS

Professor of Counseling Counseling Program Director 

Kristal James

M.A., CMHC, NCC

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Kevin Knutson

M.ED., CMHC, NCC

Assistant Professor of  Counseling

Kenneth D. Roach

Ed.D., LCMHC

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Kristen Erskine

Ed.D, CMHC, NCC, MAC, SAP

Counseling Instructor

Non-core Faculty:

Holly Todd

M.Ed, School Counselor

Counseling Instructor

Colette M. Brooks

MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Counseling Instructor

Affiliate Faculty

Wendy St. James

Ph.D., School Counselor

Counseling Instructor

Caisa Pope

Ed.S., LPCC, NCC, NCSC

Counseling Instructor

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions of Health Sciences is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  The Counseling Program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is relatively new. Yet the curriculum is designed to meet the national accreditation standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Although the Counseling Program is NOT currently CACREP accredited, the expectation is that a Self-Study will be submitted in 2021-2022. 

UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

Tuition & Financial Aid

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