Curriculum: M.Coun. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The M.Coun. graduate program with an option in clinical mental health counseling is designed for professionals who promote the social, psychological and physical well-being of individuals, families, communities and organizations in order to continually improve local and global welfare. At the completion of this program, you will earn a Master of Counseling degree from Oregon State University.

This is a 90-credit master's program emphasizing:

  • Academic excellence
  • Competence in counseling skills
  • Competence in multicultural counseling and social justice advocacy
  • Professional identity
  • Personal growth

Flexible learning format

Core course work is delivered in a hybrid format with about 50 percent of the instruction completed online and about 50 percent in face-to-face classroom meetings held twice a term on Fridays and Saturdays in Salem, Oregon. Practicum and internships involve actual placements and weekly synchronous online supervision and instruction.

Course topics include:

History and philosophy of counseling
Counseling theories
Fundamental counseling skills
Group counseling
Family counseling
Multicultural, diversity, and social justice issues
Human development
Research
Assessment
Ethical and legal issues
Diagnostics
Psychopharmacology
Career counseling
Principles of clinical mental health practice
Consultation and supervision

Internship and practicum hands-on experience

As part of this program, you are required to complete an internship totaling 24 credits. This is a great opportunity to serve the community you live in while learning how to provide services that will help others. You are also required to complete 6 credit hours of practicum prior to internships.

In addition to completing all course work and field experiences, you must meet three additional requirements prior to graduation:

1) Ten sessions of personal counseling
This requirement is an essential component of the program's growth requirement as well as a CACREP standard. This requirement provides students with a greater understanding of the counseling process from a client’s perspective, improves life balance and personal growth, and allows for experience working with and observing a practicing professional.

2) Attend two professional conferences (24 contact hours)

Often students choose events that are related to the program’s flagship professional organizations.

3) Students in the M.Coun degree program must successfully pass a nationally administered exam as determined by program faculty. Students are financially responsible for the exam.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

In compliance with an agreement with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Oregon State University provides information regarding professional licensure through distance education. The courses and programs, delivered online by OSU Ecampus, are not formally approved for professional licensure outside of the state of Oregon.

To determine whether these courses or programs meet licensure requirements in your state, you must contact the appropriate licensing board(s). Visit our license disclosure webpage for each state's contact information.

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