Program Outcomes

Group therapy counseling session. Students graduating from Emory & Henry with a M.S. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or in Addiction Counseling will be prepared to apply to become a resident in counseling. Residency in Counseling is necessary to gain the post-masters clinical experience required for independent licensure as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). Becoming an LPC will provide graduates with a full range of career opportunities.

The mission of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is to graduate competent entry level clinical mental health counselors who play an active role in enhancing community wellness. Graduates of the program should be interpersonally skilled and culturally competent counselors who are prepared to work in a variety of settings and meet the needs of those who are underserved. The program is designed to be accredited, and is based on humanistic values honoring the worth, dignity, and potential of all people.

Students graduating from Emory & Henry with a MS degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will be prepared to apply for a temporary license as a resident in counseling to gain the post-masters clinical experience required for licensure as an LPC, allowing them a full range of career opportunities.

To achieve these goals, the program has the following objectives:

  1. The CMHC program curriculum will address Core and Specialty CACREP and Virginia LPC board standards. (These objectives are measured by performance on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).
  2. Graduates from Emory & Henry’s CMHC program will be prepared to engage in interprofessional collaboration within the context of a multicultural workplace. (These objectives are measured by competencies and skills evaluated in coursework and in clinical placements.)
  3. Graduates of the CMHC program will be prepared for ethical decision-making and practice at the highest standards of the counseling profession. (These objectives are measured by competencies and skills evaluated in coursework, clinical experiences and the CPCE.)
  4. Graduates of the CMHC program will act as advocates to advance the counseling profession. (These objectives are measured by competencies and skills evaluated in coursework, clinical placements and the CPCE.)
  5. Graduates will be well versed in counseling theories, evidence-based practices, and techniques. (These objectives are measured by competencies and skills evaluated in coursework, clinical experiences and the CPCE.)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will gain the knowledge and skills associated with professional orientation and ethics in counseling.
  2. Students will gain the knowledge and skills associated with culturally competent counseling practice.
  3. Students will gain knowledge of human development across the lifespan and its application within the counseling process.
  4. Students will gain the knowledge of career development and its applications in the counseling process.
  5. Students will gain the knowledge and skills associated with the establishment of therapeutic relationships and the facilitation of client growth.
  6. Students will gain knowledge of major counseling theories, evidence based practices, and skills in applying this knowledge to the counseling process.
  7. Students will gain knowledge and skills associated with group facilitation and the group counseling process.
  8. Students will gain knowledge associated with appraisal and testing.
  9. Students will gain knowledge associated with research and program evaluation to inform counseling practice.
  10. Students will gain the knowledge associated with working in multidisciplinary mental health systems.
  11. Students will gain the knowledge and skills associated with mental health diagnosis.
  12. Students will gain an understanding of traumatic experiences and their impact on human development.

Graduates for the Past Academic Year: 8

Pass Rates on Credentialing Exams: 100% on CPCE

Program Completion Rate: 100%

Job Placement Rate: 63% accepted employment prior to graduation. 

Note: This information will be updated at 6 months post graduation for the class of 2023.