Counseling and Psychology

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Overview

Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares people to provide mental health services to individuals and groups in public and private settings. Graduates of this program often obtain LPC licensure with a Mental Health Service Provider endorsement, which allows them to work with cases of a more diagnostic and clinical nature. Licensure requires supervised clinical experience beyond the hours required for a degree.

Mission

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Tennessee Technological University is committed to developing professional counselors who are competent, caring, and prepared to meet the mental health needs of a culturally diverse and technological society. Special emphasis is placed on personal development as well as professional development to become effective mental health service providers for the larger community and region. The program is committed to serving the diverse population of the region and strives to recruit students and faculty that are representative of the diversity in the region.

Diversity Plan

Degrees

M.A. or Ed.S.

Program of Study

CMHC Program of Study

Courses and Syllabi

Two Year Plan to Complete Program of Study

Admission Process

Admission Requirements and Flow Chart


Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes

The Mental Health Counseling Program has been preparing for CACREP review and has undertaken extensive self-study and improvement initiatives to strengthen the program and guide future improvement efforts. Many of these activities are described in the documents below. A site visit will be scheduled during Fall of 2014.

CACREP Self-Study Documents

CACREP Accreditation Notification

2015-CACREP-vital-statistics-survey

       2017-2018 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Report

  2016-2017 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Report

2015 - 2016 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Report

CMHC CACREP Course Map and Learning Outcomes

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Tennessee Licensing Board

American Counseling Association Code of Ethics

Comprehensive Exam Information

National Counselor Preparation Exam (CPCE)

Handbook

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Handbook

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum-Internship Handbook

Core Faculty and Advisors

CMHC Program Coordinator

Dr. Mark Loftis 303F Farr Building Mloftis@tntech.edu

CMHC Internship Coordinator

Dr. Chad Luke Cluke@tntech.edu

CMHC Assessment Coordinator

Dr. Tony Michael Tmichael@tntech.edu

RESOURCES

Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association

Counseling Careers

Tennessee Counseling Association

Mental Health Counseling Site Supervisor Orientation

NATIONAL COUNSELOR EXAMINATION NBCC

Tennessee Tech’s clinical mental health counseling track was recently approved for participation in NBCC’s NCC application options for counseling graduate students. As a result, students who are well-advanced in their coursework can take the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) while still enrolled. This is the first step toward becoming a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Tennessee. Because this track is accredited by CACREP, the post-master’s experience requirement for the NCC credential is waived for Tennessee Tech applicants. The NCC credential is a prerequisite for several specialty certifications offered by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), including school counseling, clinical mental health counseling, addictions counseling, and clinical supervision.