Mississippi College

The mission of the Mental Health Counseling Program is to help students acquire core competencies, as well as specialized knowledge and skill, necessary to perform effectively as mental health counselors. Completion of the program will assist graduates in making applications for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC), as well as national counseling certification. The program wishes to recruit students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate character, maturity, scholarship, leadership, church/community involvement, and interest in the counseling profession. Students participating in the Mental Health Counseling Program receive training in the theories, models, and techniques of professional counseling with specialized preparation in work with adult and child clients, their families, and other members of the behavioral healthcare team in agency, hospital, and other mental health treatment settings. Students are expected to complete supervised clinical training in approved sites.

The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Admission to the Program

  1. All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
  2. The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field of study as determined by the review committee, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, Dean of the School of Education, or Dean of Graduate Studies. The applicant must present evidence of satisfactory scholarship with a GPA of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  3. The applicant must supply at least two recommendations from academic or professional sources who have observed the applicant from the position of teacher, advisor, or supervisor and who are familiar with the applicant’s character, scholarship, and potential for successful graduate work.
  4. The applicant or student may transfer up to 15 hours of course work into the program, but any course must be determined equivalent to the course for which it would substitute. The Dean of Graduate Studies determines the transfer and substitution of coursework.
  5. The applicant must submit GRE scores that fall within the following ranges:
    A verbal score beginning in the range of 146-150 (equivalent to 400-450) and a quantitative score beginning in the range of 140-141 (equivalent to 400-450), or a score within these ranges on either section and a score of 2.5 on the writing assessment of the GRE General Examination, is required. The verbal and quantitative scores will not be combined.
  6. The applicant must attend an orientation session during the semester prior to the final determination of admission status
  7. Upon successful completion of 12-18 hours of graduate work taken at Mississippi College, a student should apply for admission to candidacy.

Provisional Admission to the Program

The Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education may recommend provisional admission to the program based upon a careful review of an applicant’s transcripts, admission test scores, letters of recommendation, goal statements, and other supporting materials. A personal interview may be conducted to determine the applicant’s motivation and readiness to pursue a career in professional counseling. The Dean of Graduate Studies may modify, replace, or amend regular departmental admission requirements upon recommendation from the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education. Ordinarily, students who are admitted on a provisional basis will satisfy general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College before completion of the qualifying core courses and application for admission to candidacy. Provisionally admitted students must earn the grade of B in all courses completed prior to regular admission.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 60 semester hours in qualifying, core, and specialized courses. Successful completion of the M.S. degree in Mental Health Counseling also requires regular admission to the program, admission to candidacy, completion of a minimum of 900 hours in internship courses, and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exit examination.

Comprehensive Examination

In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling must complete a comprehensive exit examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. Students who have satisfied degree requirements and applied for graduation should contact their advisor, program coordinator, or department chair to schedule the comprehensive exit examination.

Courses

Requirement Class Name Hours
Level I   9
COU 6501 Legal, Ethical, & Professional Issues in Counseling 3
COU 6502 Theories of Personality & Counseling 3
COU 6503 Helping Relationships (Methods & Techniques in Counseling) 3
Level II   9
COU 6504 Research - Methods & Procedures 3
COU 6506 Multicultural Counseling 3
COU 6515 Lifespan Development 3
Level III   9
COU 6661 Use & Interpretation of Tests 3
COU 6662 Techniques of Group Counseling 3
COU 6663 Practicum in Counseling & Therapy 3
Level IV   15
COU 6664 Consultation: Theories, Models, & Practices 3
COU 6665 Lifestyle & Career Counseling 3
COU 6666 Systems Theory & Intervention Strategies 3
COU 6667 Addictions Counseling 3
COU 6669 Foundations, Contextual Dimensions, Knowledge, & Skills of Mental Health Counseling 3
Level V   9
COU 6701 Internship in Counseling I 3
COU 6801 Adult Psychopathology - Assessment & Treatment 3
  Elective 3
Level VI   9
COU 6702 Internship in Counseling II 3
COU 6802 Child Psychopathology - Assessment & Treatment 3
  Elective 3
Total Hours   60

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