3 years ~ Evenings & Weekends ~ Full-time enrollment, 12 hours per semester
63 Credit Hours ~ Part-time options available
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC) offers a degree designed for students seeking graduate-level instruction in professional counseling that prepares the student to pass the Texas State LPC qualifying exam and provides an opportunity to integrate professional counseling competencies with spiritual, religious and ethical values.
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers a concentration in Latino/Hispanic Counseling. The concentration prepares future Licensed Professional Counselors with the tools and experience necessary to provide the highest level of mental health care to America’s fastest growing population. Please inquire with your Enrollment Manager to learn more about the courses needed to concentrate.
Learn more about Southwest’s MHC degree by reading the faculty blog, Encounter Magazine.
Through in-depth study of counseling theory and ethical practice in a multicultural society, as well as spiritual integration courses, students will experience formation and transformation in these three areas:
Being- Disposition Objectives
- Students will display a professional counselor identity in relation to self, including self awareness, openness, and a commitment to personal and spiritual well-being.
- Students will display a professional counselor identity in relation to others, including character, cultural empathy, and professionalism.
Knowing – Content Objectives
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of professional orientation and counselor identity, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, assessment, research and evaluation, crisis and trauma, psychopathology, couples, parents and family systems and addiction, as well as clinical mental health counseling foundation, context and practice.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the influence of culture, religion and spirituality on clients’ and counselors’ worldview
Doing- Skill Objectives
- Students will perform the essentials tasks of a competent professional clinical mental health counselor.
- Students will commit to and engage in personal and spiritual practices capable of sustaining the vocation of a professional counselor
The MHC is a program of The Loise Henderson Wessendorff Center for Christian Ministry and Vocation at Seminary of the Southwest. Endowed by the Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation, the Center offers programs for working people who wish to enhance their spiritual lives and use their gifts in the service of God.
The MHC is also one of the few programs in Central Texas that is CACREP accredited. Learn more about what doors CACREP could open for you here.
Britt James-Vito, Center Enrollment Manager
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC)
Entry-level admission criteria for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program include a completed application for admission, official transcripts with minimal GPA of 2.5 and undergraduate degree completion, and three (3) letters of recommendation. Applicants are further required to submit two written personal statements describing their learning and career goals, examples of their effectiveness in forming relationships and respect for cultural differences, and demonstrating their aptitude for graduate-level study.