CECP Specializations in Counseling

Overview of Degrees

"It was one of the few programs throughout the Midwest that provides specializations instead of getting your degree in just a Master's in Counseling." -- Laura Hughitt on why she chose Marquette University to major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Child/Adolescent Specialization

Our CACREP-accredited master’s degree in counseling programs prepare students to work as counselors and therapists in hospitals, schools, clinics, private practices and other community settings. CACREP-accredited Master of Arts in School Counseling program requires 48 credit hours for completion. The CACREP-accredited Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program requires 60 credit hours for completion. Following a full-time schedule, the programs can be completed in two calendar years. The number of courses and credit hours taken per semester vary even with full-time status so it is important that students follow the recommended course sequences.

CACREP — accredited Master of Arts in School Counseling (COUN)

Sabrina Bong talks about her experience in the school counseling program.

Our CACREP-accredited Master of Arts in School Counseling program includes a variety of counseling courses, practica, internship and other training experiences which offer comprehensive preparation for professional practice as a school counselor. Course work focuses on human development, psychopathology, research, assessment, theories of counseling, ethical and legal issues as well as individual, group and other counseling interventions. Training in counseling skills and a practicum experience begins in the first semester and an internship usually begins in the second year. See full program description.

CACREP — accredited Master of Science Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) with optional specializations in addictions counseling, child and adolescent counseling and rehabilitation counseling

Affi Okokon talks about her experience in the CMHC program with a specialization in child and adolescent counseling.

Our CACREP-accredited Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is dedicated to training professional counselors in evidence-based and emerging best practices and prepares students to practice as a professional clinical mental health counselor. Course work focuses on human development, psychopathology, assessment, theories of counseling, consultation, crisis and disaster response, ethical and legal issues, multicultural issues and counseling research, as well as individual, group, family and counseling interventions. Field experiences, small group experiences and practicum and internship are required and lead to the development of science-practice integration in all of our graduates. All students in the master of science in clinical mental health counseling can elect an optional specialization in either addictions counseling or child and adolescent counseling. See full program description here.

Master of Science Clinical Mental Health Rehabilitation Counseling

Starting in Fall 2019, students can can begin to focus on a new specialization in Clinical Rehabilitation CounselingOur master of science in clinical mental health rehabilitation counseling will prepare students for rewarding careers enriching the quality of lives of individuals working towards personal, career and independent living goals while experiencing physical, mental, emotional, and developmental disabilities.

Through this two-year, 60-credit program, the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology will prepare graduates who:

  • Can provide counseling services in rehabilitation agencies for youth and adults,
  • hold knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of an CRC, and to understand the medical and psychosocial aspects of disabilities, and
  • can deliver a range of clinical services such as assessment, individual and group counseling, substance abuse counseling, career and vocational counseling, and consultation.

Additionally, students will meet the eligibility requirements to be a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin (LPC) and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Initially students would complete several educational requirements designed to provide knowledge and skill preparation in rehabilitation counseling and disability services. In the second semester of their first year, students would also complete a practicum (100 hours of field work) experience in a local CRC agency, and in second year of the program year students would complete a two-semester internship (600 hours of field work) providing CRC services in the agency.