Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs (CACREP). This program prepares students for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC-MHSP) in the state of Tennessee.

Program Benefits

  • Be part of a seasoned program with a strong reputation across Middle Tennessee.
  • Utilize a built-in support system and complete your degree alongside others who are working toward similar goals through Trevecca’s cohort model.
  • Learn in a collaborative environment with small class sizes.
  • Learn from faculty who possess the highest degrees in their fields and have relevant and valuable real-world experience.

What to Expect

CACREP-Accredited-logoWhether your career goals include starting your own private practice, serving in an agency or counseling center or leading as a counseling administrator, Trevecca’s Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling can help you reach your goals. Our 60-hour program focuses on the development of your professional counselor identity. In the face-to-face class format, you’ll build a network of strong relationships with faculty and other students that extends beyond graduation. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete an internship at one of our 30+ associated agencies or centers, providing you with hands-on learning and real-time application in the field.

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca has been recognized nationally and locally for providing our students with the highest level of academic quality and rigor. We offer a holistic education focused on the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health of all the students in our diverse student body. As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith and education intersect. We are committed to educating the next generation through servant leadership.

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Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

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Financial Aid & Costs

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Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

Cost/Credit Hour

$706

Hours

60

Tuition Cost*

$42,360

*Practicum/Internship (Tevera): $200
*Practicum Extension Fee: $250
*Technology Fee: $100/course
*Additional fees for textbooks and required materials

Application Information

  • Cycles of new students begin three times during the year: fall, spring, and summer.
  • Fall semester, apply by June 1, two new groups are taken (a Tuesday class schedule and a Saturday class schedule)
  • Spring semester, apply by October 1, one new group is taken (a Saturday class schedule)
  • Summer semester, apply February 15, one new group is taken (a Thursday class schedule)
  • Applicants are encouraged to meet semester deadline requirements. 

Minimum requirements: 2.7 GPA and 380 MAT/290 GRE. If an applicant is below the minimum for one of the requirements, s/he may be considered under our conditional admission policy.

Application Documents

Fill out online application
Reference Assessment Form (2 required)
MAT/GRE Information
Immunization Information

 

Application Checklist

  • Complete the online application (it's free!).
    Need help applying? Read the step-by-step instructions here!
  • Official transcript must be submitted directly to SGCS Admissions.

    Trevecca Nazarene University
    Attn: SGCS Admissions
    333 Murfreesboro Pike
    Nashville, TN 37210
    FAX to 1-888-517-0123
    EMAIL to SGCSAdmissions@trevecca.edu

  • Miller Analogies test score report (MAT) OR Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report.
  • Two (2) completed reference assessment forms (available here) must be professional and/or academic. Applicants will need to send reference form link to their recommenders.

Admission Deadlines (per semester)

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 15
  • All completed application items must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for the next step in the application process.

Have questions? Contact the enrollment counselor with your questions at hambrefe@trevecca.edu or 615-248-1546.

Career Opportunities

With a Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling, you’ll be prepared to serve in roles like these:

  • Professional counselor (LPC-MHSP)
  • Mental health educator
  • Social worker
  • Family/Relationship therapist

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Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.


Helping Relationships
CSL 5260
Provides an orientation to the counseling profession. Characteristics of effective counselors, nature of the therapeutic relationship, and the process of counseling will be addressed. Students will learn and demonstrate the essential skills involved in building an effective helping relationship. Students will be introduced to practicum/internship guidelines and expectations, interview and resume writing skills, client record keeping, and other aspects of the practicum/internship experience.
Lifespan Development
CSL 5220

Looks at the survey of research throughout the entire lifespan including findings in the areas of physical, emotional, cognitive, and interpersonal growth and development.

Group Therapy and Process
CSL 5430

Examines group techniques and application to counseling settings. Various ethnic and socioeconomic groups will be emphasized.

Advanced Abnormal Psychology
CSL 5240

This course is designed to provide an understanding of patterns of abnormal behavior including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. This course covers the domains of psychopathology as it is represented in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Counseling Diverse Populations
CSL 5250

An overview of counseling strategies useful with varied populations. Counseling skills helpful with clients of different racial, economic, religious, and sexual orientations will also be examined.

Ethical Standards and Legal Issues
CSL 5472

Emphasizes the development, understanding, and application of ethical standards in the theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy. The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) will be studied along with other professional standards of practice and credentialing. There will also be a focus on state rules and regulations and licensure requirements for LPC-MHSPs and LMFTs.

Introduction to Psychological Research
CSL 5100

Designed to give an introduction to research strategies with an emphasis on counseling and psychological problems. Emphasis will be on the development of a proposal for a major research project or thesis.

Introduction to Psychological Testing
CSL 5441

An overview of test construction, selection, and application will be the focus of this course. Legal and ethical administration of tests for ability, intelligence, attitudes, values and personality will also be examined. Experience in taking and administering sample instruments will be provided.

Career Counseling and Professional Development
CSL 5230
An examination of the current trends in career development and life choices. The students will develop a knowledge base concerning career theories, techniques, and assessments for exploring the interests, aptitudes, and values of clients in order to assist them in making reasoned career and lifestyle decisions. The course will also focus on the student's personal career choice in the mental health field, career options, professional opportunities and identity development including a culminating paper on the student's preferred model of therapy. Characteristics that lead to success in the field, the developmental journey of a counselor, and self care are topics covered in this course.
Techniques and Interventions I
CSL 5482
A study of counseling paradigms with a special emphasis on the beginning stage of therapy is the focus of this course. Counseling techniques and cognitive, affective, and behavioral interventions will be shared, evaluated, demonstrated, and practiced both in the classroom and in a practicum setting. Students will be expected to initiate a practicum experience that will continue into the next course, CSL 5483 Techniques and Interventions II. All totaled the practicum will total 100 hours with 40 of the 100 hours being in direct client contact (group therapy, co-therapy, client intakes, individual therapy, etc.).
Techniques and Interventions II
CSL 5483
Designed to prepare, equip, and direct the student in his/her practicum experience and assist in the internship placement process. This course will simulate the skills needed to have a successful practicum and internship experience. With emphasis on role-play and other practical activities, students will demonstrate entry level counseling skills as well as the operational skills required for functioning within an agency setting. As a course marking the consummation of academic and classroom training and the transition to actual practice, each student will demonstrate initial competency in a chosen counseling model consistent with the goals and purposes of this program. By the end of this course the student will have completed a 100 hour practicum of which 40 of the 100 hours will have been in direct client contact (group therapy, co-therapy, client intakes, individual therapy, etc.).
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
CSL 5231
Integration and study of the traditional and currently developing theories of counseling and psychotherapy and their application.
Trauma Focused Counseling
CSL 5530

Provides an in-depth examination of the spectrum of psychological, biological, and social factors associated with exposure to traumatic stress (childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, combat exposure, natural and man-made disasters). The course includes a comprehensive review of the etiology, assessment, and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Chemical Use and Abuse
CSL 5330

Includes topics on historical, medical, psychological, and family dynamics of the treatment process for chemical dependency. An understanding of the many classes of drugs and their effects on the dependent person will be developed.

Child and Adolescent Techniques and Interventions
CSL 5531

This course will focus on the treatment of child and adolescent mental and emotional disorders. The course will also provide specific treatment interventions and knowledge of referral sources. The course will also focus on the dynamics of family and community systems including life cycle changes, divorce, community networks, and school systems.

Effective Treatments in Therapy
CSL 5390

Provides an overview and discussion of the effective treatments of various psychological disorders. A focus will be placed on treatment planning and evaluating outcomes in therapy.

Crisis Theory and Interventions
CSL 5532
This course will provide a theory-informed overview of client crisis intervention. The course will focus on the impact of various crisis situations, assessment, and interventions. Students will learn to assess for crisis, disaster, and other trauma-causing events in a developmentally appropriate manner. Crisis-specific ethical concerns will be addressed.
Internship in Counseling I
CSL 5447
Provides practical supervised experience in beginning counseling skills. It includes the development of relationship building and exploratory (fact-finding) skills as well as skills in intervention and treatment planning in a mental health/community agency setting. Students will spend a minimum of 200 hours on site under appropriate supervision of which 80 of the 200 hours must be in direct client contact (internship fee). Under certain circumstances practicum may be extended.*
Internship in Counseling II
CSL 5448

As a continuation of Internship in Counseling I, the course provides practical supervised experience in a mental health or community agency. It includes the development of relationship building and exploratory (fact-finding) skills as well as skills in intervention and treatment planning. Students will spend a minimum of 200 hours on site under appropriate supervision of which 80 of the 200 hours must be in direct client contact (internship fee). Under certain circumstances internship may be extended.*As a continuation of Internship in Counseling I, the course provides practical supervised experience in a mental health or community agency. It includes the development of relationship building and exploratory (fact-finding) skills as well as skills in intervention and treatment planning. Students will spend a minimum of 200 hours on site under appropriate supervision of which 80 of the 200 hours must be in direct client contact. (internship fee). Under certain circumstances internship may be extended.*

Internship in Counseling III
CSL 5449
As a continuation of Internship in Counseling I and II, the course provides practical supervised experience in a mental health or community agency. It includes the development of relationship building and exploratory (fact-finding) skills as well as skills in intervention and treatment planning. Students will spend a minimum of 200 hours on site under appropriate supervision of which 80 of the 200 hours must be in direct client contact (internship fee). Under certain circumstances internship may be extended.*

*Nine (9) hours of transfer credit is allowed.
*This program is typically taken by those interested in pursuing licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC-MHSP) in the state of Tennessee.