Counselor Education

The University of Mississippi School of Education

Clinical Mental Health Counselling Questions

Is the CMHC program accredited?

The MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and meets the robust standards set forth to be recognized as a clinical mental health counselor across the nation. The program includes coursework that fulfills the academic requirements for you to begin acquiring post-master’s supervised hours for licensure as a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi.

Who are Clinical Mental Health Counselors??

According to the American Mental Health Counselors Association, “Clinical mental health counseling is a distinct profession with national standards for education, training and clinical practice. Clinical mental health counselors are highly-skilled professionals who provide flexible, consumer-oriented therapy. They combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution” (AMHCA Facts About Clinical Mental Health Counselors, para. 1). Clinical mental health counselors work in a variety of settings (e.g., community mental health centers, colleges, hospitals, correctional facilities, private practice, etc.) with diverse individuals (e.g., children, adolescents, adults, older adults, etc.) who may have an array of concerns (e.g., eating disorders, substance abuse, grief and loss, divorce, mood disorders, etc.). With a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, students are afforded many different career opportunities. To learn more about clinical mental health counseling, visit

What types of courses would I take in the CMHC program

How long does the CMHC program take to complete?

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is 60 credits. Full-time cohort students complete the program in 2 years.

What is involved in CMHC Practicum and Internship?

Fieldwork takes place over three separate semesters. Before students begin fieldwork, they take Pre-practicum to prepare them. Then, the first field semester is practicum, which requires 100 hours in the field, the second and third field semesters are for internship and they each require 300 hours each.

Once I have completed the CMHC program, am I licensed?

Not yet. State licensure requires students to pass the National Counselors Exam and then obtain additional post-graduate counseling hours. Requirements for licensure vary across states. If you are planning to live in a state outside of Mississippi, you are encouraged to check state licensure requirements with that state’s LPC board.