Mental Health & Wellness Department
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
About the Program
This degree, in the professional counseling program, prepares candidates in advanced knowledge and skills to become leaders and practitioners in the field of professional counseling/psychotherapy. Practice is given in utilizing current counseling principles in real-world settings through practicum and internship experiences. Candidates are equipped with strategies including cognitive, affective, behavioral or systematic interventions that address wellness, personal growth, crisis and mental health including pathology. This program will provide candidates with competencies (as defined by CACREP and ACA) designed to positively impact a variety of people across the lifespan.
This degree can lead to professional credentialing as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Mental Health Counselor and prepares for professional counseling practice in a variety of settings including but not limited to schools, community, mental health, private practice and ministry.
Why Choose Harding's Professional Counseling Programs?
- The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the following programs in the Professional Counseling Program in the College of Education at Harding University: Professional School Counseling (M.S.), and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S./Ed.S.).
- Practical tools/techniques for developing professional counseling skills
- Faculty members with Christian values and real-world experiences
- Current and up-to-date strategies and content
- Training in a career choice that makes a difference through promoting mental and emotional well-being
- Located in Northwest AR, Searcy, AR or Memphis, TN, with half of the program also available on the North Little Rock site gives you options for graduate school
Why is CACREP accreditation important?
- CACREP accreditation signals that a program’s content and quality have been evaluated and meet strict, consistent standards set by the profession. Choosing a CACREP-accredited program also means the curriculum contains the academic knowledge necessary for professional licensure in many states.
- CACREP-accredited programs assure students—and the public they will one day serve—that a program’s curriculum includes appropriate counseling coursework and skill development. It also ensures that the program is stable, both professionally and financially.
- Benefits of graduating from a CACREP-accredited counseling program include:
• Access to more employment opportunities.
• An advantage when applying to doctoral degree programs.
• A streamlined state counseling licensing application process.
• The skills and credibility to maximize your impact on the counseling profession.
• The opportunity to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) exam prior to graduation.
- Online application and fee
- Official transcript
(Harding alumni will not need a Harding transcript)
- Undergraduate degree
- Three reference letters (professional or academic)
- Professional Resume
- Test scores from one of these: GRE, MAT, Praxis II (MS school only)
- Valid teachers license (MS school only)
- Immunization Record
Curriculum Plan & Course Schedule
To earn a Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree, a student must successfully complete the following: (1) core coursework, (2) written comprehensive exams, and (3) an oral interview. Core coursework required specifically for the specialist degree (excluding master’s degree or qualifying credit equivalent hours) must be taken within eight years of graduation. This 68-hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree includes a master’s in counseling or a related field with leveling work to meet the core requirements for counseling as defined by CACREP. Prerequisite: Admittance into the Professional Counseling Program.