Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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The Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Argosy University, Denver is designed to provide students with a sound foundation for the practice of professional counseling. The program introduces students to basic counseling skills that integrate individual and group theoretical foundations of professional counseling into appropriate client interaction and intervention skills. The Argosy University, Denver mental health counseling degree program is designed to emphasize the development of attitudes, knowledge, and skills essential in the formation of professional counselors who are committed to the ethical provision of quality services.

Thus, the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is committed to educating and training students to enter a professional career as master’s-level counseling practitioners who can function ethically and effectively as skilled professionals with demonstrated knowledge of social and cultural diversity. Students are prepared for licensure as professional counselors in the state of Colorado and alumni serve clients throughout North America.

For academic year 2014-2015, there were 19 graduates of Argosy University, Denver’s Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on licensing examinations. Approximately 88% of graduates passed the NCE licensure exam on their first attempt. Of the admitted students, 74% graduated from the program in the expected time period and 35.7% of graduates actively seeking jobs are employed within 6 months of graduating.

Career Outcomes
This Argosy University, Denver mental health counseling degree program is designed to prepare you for a career as a counselor who may work in a variety of settings, including:
• private and group practices
• substance abuse treatment facilities
• hospitals and clinics
• correctional institutions
• schools and universities
• government agencies

Program Outcomes
Professional Identity: Value all aspects of professional functioning, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, legalities, standards, and credentialing
Social and Cultural Diversity: Apply core theory and research of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural and diverse society to the counseling profession
Human Growth and Development: Interpret and apply core theory and research of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels
Career Development: Apply core theory and research of career development, the psychology of work, and related factors
Helping Relationships: Ethically and effectively deliver a range of counseling and consultation services
Group Work: Understand the theoretical and experiential foundations of group purpose, development, and dynamics; will apply group counseling methods and skills
Assessment: Understand principles of testing and measurement, and will apply both individual and group methods of assessment and evaluation
Research and Program Evaluation: Understand methods and roles of research, statistical analysis, needs assessment and program evaluation
Communication: Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in written communication
Interpersonal Effectiveness: Develop and improve positive relationship skills via effective communication, respect for others, appreciation of diversity and cultural sensitivity, and awareness of their impact on others.

CACREP Accreditation
The Argosy University, Denver Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs can be contacted at 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 535-5990

Enhance your career potential by enrolling in this Argosy University, Denver master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. You can learn more about specific financial aid programs (available to those who qualify) on our Financial Aid & Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information. End your search for clinical mental health counseling programs in Denver at Argosy University, Denver.

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • A grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 as described below. Additional requirements may apply.
    • 3.0 for the last 60 hours of coursework (including graduate work).
    • Applicants with grade point averages lower than the stated program minimums may be considered for admission with significant evidence of academic and professional potential demonstrated by the career and/or professional accomplishments indicated in the statement of academic and professional goals, the career summary, and academic or professional letters of recommendation. Such Admission must be recommended by the Admissions Committee and department chair and must be justified, documented, signed, placed, and retained in the student's academic file.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee.

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form.
  • Application fee (Non-refundable, except in Arizona. In the state of Arizona, the application fee is refundable if the application is canceled within three business days of the applicant signing the Enrollment Agreement.)
  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession.
  • Current résumé (or career summary).
  • Three completed Applicant Recommendation Forms.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.

Course List

Core Counseling Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following


PC6000 - Counseling Theory * (3)
PC6003 - Abnormal Psychology *† (3)
PC6025 - Human Growth and Development * (3)
PC6030 - Psychopathology and Assessment (3)
PC6106 - Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3)
PC6104 - Counseling Skills I * (3)
PC6105 - Counseling Skills II * (3)
PC6300 - Professional and Ethical Issues * (3)
PC6505 - Group Counseling * (3)
PC6511 - Social and Cultural Diversity (3)
PC6521 - Research and Program Evaluation (3)
PC6525 - Appraisal and Assessment (3)
PC6600 - Career and Lifestyle Development (3)
PC6700 - Couples and Family Counseling * (3)
PC6800 - Special Topics in Professional Counseling (3)
PC6900 - Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
Core Counseling Requirements — 48 Credit Hours

* Denotes practicum prerequisite. These courses are generally taken in the first year of study and considered a foundation for the other courses of the program. First-year students are encouraged to consult with their advisor before taking courses that are not first-year courses.

Students are required to complete PC6003 - Abnormal Psychology prior to enrolling in PC6030 - Psychopathology and Assessment

Practicum and Internship Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following


PC6410 - Counseling Practicum (3)
PC6416 - Counseling Internship I (3)
PC6417 - Counseling Internship II (3)
Practicum and Internship Requirements — 9 Credit Hours


Elective Requirements

Students enrolled in the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program are required to complete 3 credit hours of elective coursework. Students choose one elective course (3 credit hours) with the approval of their advisor.

Elective Requirements—Students Are Required to Choose One of the Following


FP6015 - Psychology of Criminal Behavior (3)
FP6035 - Evaluation and Treatment of Offenders (3)
FP6525 - Psychology of the Victim (3)
MF6007 - Theories of Family Therapy and Development (3)
MF6091 - Couples and Relational Therapy Skills (3)
MF6200 - Human Sexuality (3)
MF6441 - Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (3)
PC6803 - Trauma Impact and Counseling (3)
PC6816 - Psychopharmacology for Counselors (3)

Elective Requirements—3 Credit Hours



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