Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A.

Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling master's program will help you apply theory and research to counsel individuals through serious issues.

Note: Students may take 30 credit hours online.

Students will develop as counselors, scholars and ethical professionals throughout the program. You will acquire:

  • Knowledge of relevant areas of psychology and counseling, including personality, psychopathology, therapy, evaluation and assessment
  • Skills in interviewing, assessment and therapy techniques
  • Awareness of client’s individuality, multicultural sensitivity, and importance of flexibility in working with clients
  • Appropriate ethical behavior and professional identity
Choose a concentration to focus your curriculum on your specific career goals:
Note: Both concentrations prepare students to take the examinations for Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor designations.

Adult Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration:
This traditional counseling degree will prepare you to work with adult clients in a wide variety of mental health settings.

Child and Adolescent Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration:
This counseling psychology curriculum will prepare you to work with children, adolescents and families in both public and private settings.

Clinical and Adolescent Certificate
As a part of this concentration, you will also earn your Child and Adolescent Certificate. The certificate is a six-course sequence embedded in the M.A. degree program. This department-issued certificate will be provided upon graduation with your degree. You will also receive a notation on your transcript denoting a specialization in child and adolescent counseling.

Addiction Studies
Students enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program can add an Addiction Studies component to their degree by taking the following additional courses:
  • 26-533 Introduction to Addictions
  • 26-534 Special Populations in Addictions
  • 26-535 Internship in Addictions (Replaces 26-590 Internship in Counseling)
Lewis is the first in Will County to offer this advanced training program. Through these courses, students will be prepared to take the examination for Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor or both. The required supervision and work experience is embedded in this accredited advanced training program.

Real-World Faculty. Flexible Coursework.
Our faculty are real-world practitioners who bring their counseling experiences from a wide range of medical settings to the classroom, teaching from their successes as well as their mistakes. With 700 practicum and internship hours, you will receive the hands-on experience necessary to prepare you for this challenging career. Plus, with small-class sizes for one-on-one attention and one-night weekly classes at our main Romeoville campus, it's never been more convenient to obtain your degree.

School Guidance Counselor Option: Type 73 Certification
By adding additional coursework to your Counseling Psychology degree, you can work toward your Type 73 Certification without completing a full second master's degree.

Start customizing your Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program curriculum today!

Student Talk

  • Martha Jarmuz

    "I currently oversee the clinical treatment of hundreds of individuals at a local social service agency and also maintain a private counseling practice. I credit this program and the excellent instructors for so thoroughly preparing me for my career."

  • Kim Kallmann

    "Lewis' Counseling Psychology program was very beneficial to my growth as a mental health counselor. The small class size allowed us to get to know the professors on a close level - and I continue reaching out to them with field questions, even after graduation."


Clinical Mental Health Counseling masters program; Counseling psychology degree
Dr. Katherine Helm
Director, Counseling Psychology

"I believe in bringing my field experiences into the classroom so that students get real-world practical training."