Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

EOU’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers a broad foundation in evidence-based, ethical practice for students through courses on theories, techniques, individuals, couples, families, and typical specialty areas such as trauma, addictions, and working with children. All courses are offered online, in a blend of synchronous, asynchronous, and online weekend residency courses. Students finish the Masters degree with a minimum of 700 hours of hands-on experience counseling in community settings, positioning them for success as future clinical mental health counselors.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete 90 quarter credits during their degree program, including 13 core counseling courses, 2 CMHC specific courses, 2 electives, and a minimum of 3 clinical experience courses: Practicum, Internship, and Advanced Internship. Students must be available to attend synchronous courses throughout the program, beginning in the second term of enrollment. In addition, students must complete a practicum clinical experience of a minimum of 100 hours over one (1) academic term and a minimum of 600 hours of internship clinical experience over two (2) to three (3) academic terms during the program. In order to be eligible for state licensure, please note that some states may require additional internship hours during the masters program.

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Clinical Mental Health Counselors (CMHCs) differentiate themselves in the field of mental health with a focus on holistic treatment of the person through wellness and strengths-based approaches.  A Master degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students to become a Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Mental Health Counselor in your state. Clinical Mental Health Counselors are trained to diagnose and treat mental struggles, navigate relational issues, advocate for individuals and communities, respect diversity, and offer prevention programs and education on mental wellness. Many CMHCs work in agencies, hospitals, private practices, schools, and businesses.

CMHC Program Mission

The mission of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Eastern Oregon University is to prepare ethical and exemplary future clinical mental health counselors, who work from a trauma-informed lens and treat clients through holistic and systems-informed perspectives. EOU’s CMHC program is aligned with best practices in counselor education and the 2016 Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) standards. We educate students to be advocates, invest in social justice, and collaborate with communities and individuals to address societal and personal challenges. Congruent with the mission of Eastern Oregon University, students and faculty are mental health emissaries with a charge of bringing mental health services to rural and underserved populations.

Program Diversity and Inclusion Statement

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Eastern Oregon University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is committed to recruiting and supporting diversity within the program and the mental health profession. We actively build a community in which dialogue, respect, care, and dignity are at the forefront. Students, faculty, and stakeholders of all ethnicities, genders, gender identities/expansion, faiths, ages, affectional orientations, ability statuses, socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, regions, and nationalities are welcomed into and celebrated in the EOU CMHC program. We strive to have brave spaces* within our classrooms, mentoring, advising, and counseling sessions.We are actively anti-racist and promote social justice through intentional decolonization of the curriculum. Faculty and students are committed to teaching and upholding culturally sensitive, respectful, and inclusive practices from the classroom to the counseling room.

*Safe Spaces and Brave Spaces: Historical Context and Recommendations for Student Affairs Professionals

Accreditation Status

The Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offered by Eastern Oregon University (EOU) is designed to meet the 2016 Standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). However, EOU’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is not currently accredited by CACREP.

Program Objectives

Learn about the CMHC program objectives, which are designed to align with the Standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. The CMHC program outcomes are continuously reviewed and updated to reflect the knowledge, awareness, skills, experiences, and values necessary for Clinical Mental Health Counselors to excel.

Contact Us

Dr. Hope Schuermann

LMHC, Qualified Supervisor (FL)
Director, Senior Clinical Educator
(541) 962-3461
Badgley Hall 233A

Dr. Christine McNichols

Clinical Placement Coordinator, Senior Clinical Educator
(541) 962-3462
Badgley Hall 233A

Jamie Baker

CMHC Program Administrative Support
(541) 962-3557
Badgley Hall 233A