Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

mental-health

Mercer University's Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares professionals in this field to work with children, adolescents and adults deal with a variety of life stresses and problems, including: self-esteem, addiction/substance abuse, aging-related mental health issues, depression and other emotional or behavioral issues. This program prepares individuals for licensure through the GA State Board of Examiners and includes an intensive internship experience for students through client interaction under supervision. The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is offered at Mercer's Atlanta Campus.


Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling program intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  • Work with individual and group clients on a wide range of issues
  • Understand and analyze the effect of an individual's educational, vocational, social or emotional problems in society
  • Interpret psychological assessments, provide vocational planning and conduct research
  • Apply for licensure as a Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia

Licensure also requires postgraduate counseling experience and supervision, as well as successfully completing the licensing exam. 

 

Individuals who successfully complete the program are prepared to function as counselors in a variety of community settings such as: mental health centers, community agencies, hospitals, private practices, residential treatment centers, Department of Corrections or drug treatment centers.


Interview Schedule

Applicants seeking graduate admission into the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are required to attend an interview. Interviews will be scheduled upon review of candidate's completed admissions file.  

 

Fall Admission Dates

Round I Interviews: June 19, 2017 - June 22, 2017
Round II Interviews: July 10, 2017- July 13, 2017

Mercer University counseling graduates have consistently averaged pass rates of 95% and above on their first attempt of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and on the National Counseling Exam (NCE). Mercer students have also consistently averaged scores on these exams that are above the national average scores for other counseling programs.

View the 2016-2017 counseling program/student outcomes >
View the annual program Employer Supervisor Survey results >
View the 2014 program Graduate Survey results >
View the 2016-2017 Annual Report >
The field experience should provide the student with a supportive, structured learning environment for acquiring practical, on-the-job training. This experience is designed to prepare the student for skills development in the novice-to-expert model. The development of counseling skills is viewed in the broadest sense, including acquisition of specific intervention skills, an understanding of and an ability to use conceptual skills, personal growth related to appropriate handling of emotional reactions, an appreciation of diversity, development of professionalism, ethical behavior, sound judgment, appropriate communication skills, and commitment to contributing to the profession of counseling.
 
Internship Resources
  • Practicum & Internship Field Placement Manual
  • Approved Internship Sites

COUN 609 - Practicum
The Counseling Practicum is a one term supervised experience in a site offering counseling and psychological services. It is designed to place student counselors in extended counseling relationships and situations with a variety of clients under close supervision. Due to CACREP 2009 standards, which require a minimum 10-week semester, COUN 609 Practicum is NOT offered during the summer term.
  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of clinical work during the Practicum experience.
  • A minimum of 40 hours must be direct client contact.
  • The remaining 60 hours may be indirect or related responsibilities for the site.
  • The student must receive 1 hour per week of individual and/or triadic supervision from their site supervisor for the duration of the clinical experience. Additionally, 1.5 hours per week of group or triadic supervision by Mercer faculty are required.

NOTE: Requirements may change as law and certification standards change. Work closely with your Counseling Advisor and the Faculty Clinical Coordinator during your planning time.
 
COUN 610 - Internship I & II
The Counseling Internship is a two-semester supervised counseling experience in a site offering counseling and psychological services. It is designed to place student counselors in extended counseling relationships and situations with a variety of clients under close supervision.
  • Students are required to complete a total of 600 hours of clinical work over the span of two semesters.
  • A minimum of 240 hours of direct client contact is needed by the end of both semesters of the internship experience. The remaining 360 hours of experience may be indirect site-related responsibilities.
  • The student must receive 1 hour per week of individual and/or triadic supervision throughout the internship at their site. Additionally, 1.5 hours per week of group or triadic supervision by Mercer faculty are required.

NOTE: Requirements may change as law and certification standards change. Work closely with your Counseling Advisor and the Faculty Clinical Coordinator during your planning time.

The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling requires a total of 60 semester hours to complete.

View the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling Program Plan >

Applicants seeking graduate admission must have a bachelor's (undergraduate) degree with an acceptable grade point average from an accredited college or university. The degree may be in any discipline.

Application Checklist

Submit all of the following items to complete your application to the program:

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  • $35 Non-refundable Application Fee ($50 for International Applicants)
    Submit the required application fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Do not send cash. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot apply toward tuition. Former or current students of Mercer University need not submit another application fee. 
  • MAT or GRE Test Score
    All applicants must take the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and achieve a qualifying score. Scores must be no more than five years old at the time of application. Testing information can be provided through the official MAT or GRE Website. The target score for the MAT is 397, and the target score for the GRE is 151 verbal and 143 quantitative. This is but one tool used in the decision making process.
  • Unofficial MAT or GRE Test Score
    If you have already taken the MAT or GRE and have the score results, we request that you include this information with the application. For example, you may submit a copy of the unofficial score report given at the time the test was taken (sometimes referred to as the "walk-out score report") or a copy of your examinees score report received through the mail. This will allow the admissions department to begin the file evaluation process. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
  • Transcripts from All Previously Attended Institutions
    Submit an official transcript from each college and university previously attended. Transcripts are required for both undergraduate (including summer school and studies abroad) and graduate course work, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to penfield.admissions@mercer.edu. Former and current Mercer University students need not request a Mercer University transcript.
  • Background Check
    Applicants must complete a background check. Please contact Leslie Baxter for additional details and instructions at baxter_lm@mercer.edu.
  • Two Professional Letters of Recommendation
    Applicants must submit two (2) professional letters of recommendation that speak to the applicants’ aptitude and potential as a clinical mental health counselor.
  • Current Resume
    Applicants must submit a resume that highlights any relevant vocational or volunteer experience.
  • Goal Statement
    Applicants must submit an autobiographical statement outlining personal and professional experiences that have led to your decision to pursue a career as a clinical mental health counselor.

 

Submit all application supporting materials to:

Mercer University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Penfield College
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341

 

Admission decisions cannot be made until all application materials have been received.
 

Priority Deadlines
Submit your application with all supporting materials by the following deadlines:
Fall Semester (August): February 1
Spring Semester (January): September 30
Summer (May): September 30
 

Additional Requirements for International Applicants
 
A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for graduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed copy with your application.
 
B. Official Translations Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.
 
C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
 
Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.
 
D. Financial Guarantee: International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US$25,000.
 
E. Visa Status: International Applicants Who are Currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)

The Preferred Provider Partnership Program provides affordable opportunities for employees of partner companies to attend an approved degree program of study at Mercer University. This unique program allows Mercer to establish relationships with corporations, government agencies, and organizations that are committed to supporting their employees' educational goals and ongoing professional development. Incentives include tuition benefits, military benefits, waived application fees, convenient credit transfer policy, and a streamlined process to learn more about an employee’s program of interest.

Employees of the following Mercer partners are able to use these benefits when enrolled in the M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program:

Georgia Department of Corrections 

Piedmont Healthcare

 

Learn more about Mercer’s Preferred Provider Partnership Program > 

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PROGRAM NAME PER CREDIT HR PER 3/HR  PER 6/HR PER 9/HR 
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling $605 $1,815 $3,630 $5,445
 
Facilities/Tech Fees
Graduate & Professional Students:
1-8 Hours - $17.00/hour
9-99 Hours - $150/semester
 
Miscellaneous Fees (subject to change based on individual course requirements)
Internship/Practica - $200
Fieldwork - $150
Leadership Academy - $60
Lab Fee - $100 - 150/per course
Transcript Fee - $25
Transcript Fax Fee - $5