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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Read what alumnae have to say about the our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree, and see why it can be so valuable to your career!

Read what alumnae have to say about our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree, and see why it can be so valuable to your career!

(licensure track)

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MSCMHC) offers a rigorous 24 month, 60-credit, degree program that provides the educational preparation for licensure in the state of New Hampshire. The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program involves an intensive internship program, in which students are placed according to their talents and career ambitions, and mentored by the host organization, an New England College faculty member, and the Director of the  Mental Health program.

New England College is proud of our strong history of partnering with mental health and counseling organizations. NEC serves as an educator of organization staff, an employer of adjunct faculty, and the program and organizations work together to benefit all parties in developing clinical internship placements. 

New England College Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Mission

The Mission of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is to provide high quality graduate level education to ensure the development of highly qualified clinical mental health counselors. The program pursues this through the careful integration of scholarship and clinical practice combined with focusing critical attention to the professional and ethical development of each student. The institution recognizes the importance of ensuring that students who plan to graduate in order to pursue a clinical mental health counseling practice achieve the academic, practice and developmental assets necessary to be highly successful within the field of mental health counseling.

Program Outcomes

As a result of participating in this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to be self-reflective and engaging in personal awareness and growth regarding their intra- and interpersonal processes;
  • Understand and incorporate an identity as a professional counselor;
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop helping relationships with diverse populations and demonstrate sensitivity and competency in skills in cultural diversity;
  • Understand and demonstrate developmentally appropriate individual counseling, group counseling, and systemic interventions;
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand concepts and skills relating to career interventions;
  • Evidence skills in effective written and oral communication, including those most utilized in the mental health counseling field;
  • Demonstrate technological competence to meet the needs of course work and employment in the field of counseling;
  • Understand and apply ethical reasoning and decision making to dilemmas faced by professional counselors, and demonstrate understanding of common legal issues within the field;
  • Show leadership and advocacy skills in supporting both individual and systemic change;
  • Understand and demonstrate appropriate assessment techniques, considering presenting problem, developmental, cognitive and cultural perspectives;
  • Identify contemporary issues in the human services field and their impact on clients, consumers, organizations, and human service providers;
  • Research and evaluate the effectiveness of counseling and systemic interventions and service programs;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research methods for clinicians including completing an active research project as a capstone;
  • Demonstrate acquired fund of knowledge and clinical skills through a successful internship placement of at min.700 hrs, with at least 300 of those hours requiring direct, clinical client activity.

Internship Contract Internship Agreement Form

Internship Handbook with Evaluation Forms


Descriptions for core, and concentration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling MS courses can be found here.

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 Credits)

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Fall Term
PS5000 Orientation (0 CR)
PS5510 Clinical Counseling Theories (3 CR)
PS5210 Abnormal Psychology (3 CR)
PS6190 Social and Cultural Foundations (3 CR)

Spring Term
PS5140 Human Growth and Development (3 CR)
PS5520 Clinical Counseling Techniques (3 CR)
PS6910 Crisis Intervention (two weekends) (3 CR)

Summer Term
PS6350 Career and Lifestyle Development (3 CR)
PS7010 Family Systems Therapy (3 CR)
PS5530 Group Therapy (3 CR)

Fall Term
PS6960 Internship I (5 CR)
PS6170 Substance Use and Addiction (3 CR)
PS5910 Professional Orientation and Ethics of Mental Health Counseling (3 CR)

Spring Term
PS6970 Internship II (5 CR)
PS6120 Research Methods (2 CR)
PS5920 Testing and Assessment (3 CR)

Summer Term
PS6980 Internship III (5 CR)
PS6180 Program Planning and Evaluation (two weekends) (3 CR)
PS6220 Graduate Capstone (2 CR)

*Students must also take 2 additional elective weekend seminars 2 credits. 
*Course sequence, dates, and location are subject to change.


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