Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Argosy University, Sarasota recognizes the need to offer human services providers the extensive knowledge and range of skills necessary to serve effectively in the profession. Programs have been developed by Argosy University faculty members to enable students to pursue personal and professional goals through completion of a Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program. Courses and curricula are designed to parallel prevailing licensure and certification requirements as closely as possible. Because of variations among states, each student should check with regional authorities to confirm such requirements.

For academic year 2014-2015, there were 63 graduates of Argosy University, Sarasota’s Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Our graduates consistently achieve above average pass rates on licensing examinations. Approximately 92% of graduates passed the NCE licensure exam on their first attempt. Of the admitted students, 59% graduated from the program in the expected time period and 48.8% of graduates actively seeking jobs were employed within 6 months of graduating.

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, Sarasota 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, Sarasota 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 Sarasota at Argosy University, Sarasota.

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 Course Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following


C6035 - Human Growth and Development (3)
C6036 - Essentials of Interviewing (3)
C6431 - Counseling in Community Settings (3)
C6432 - Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology (3)
C6435 - Individual Evaluation and Assessment (3)
C6436 - Individual Counseling Theories and Practice (3)
C6438 - Group Theories and Practice (3)
C6439 - Human Sexuality (3)
C6440 - Ethics in Counseling (3)
C6445 - Social and Cultural Competencies for Counselors (3)
C6446 - Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
C6452 - Career and Lifestyle Assessment (3)
C6460 - Supervision for Counselors (3)
PC6021 - Schools of Family Therapy (3)
PC6803 - Trauma Impact and Counseling (3)
R6032 - Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling (3)
Core Course Requirements — 48 Credit Hours


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


C6601 - Practicum — Counseling (1)
C6602 - Internship I — Counseling (2)
C6603 - Internship II - Counseling (3)
Practicum and Internship Requirements— 6 Credit Hours


Elective Requirements

Students identify appropriate electives in consultation with their advisors. Students are required to take 6 credit hours of elective courses.

Practicum Requirements

The beginning practicum/internship for students in the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program requires that students complete a separate practicum of at least 100 clock hours at the beginning of Practicum/Internship (C6601). Students are required to complete the practicum, which is the first part of a 1000-hour practicum/internship experience.

All practicum students are expected to complete a minimum of 40 hours of direct service with clients including experience in individual counseling and group work.

Students are expected to maintain weekly clinical journals of all aspects of the practicum experience and to log these hours. It is expected that both faculty and site supervisor will regularly read, discuss and sign the journals. Students are expected to participate in weekly online and telephone seminars with a designated seminar leader. Evaluation of the student's performance will occur throughout the practicum and will include a formal evaluation at the completion of the 100-hour practicum.

Internship Requirements

After successful completion of all practicum requirements students are permitted to move on to the internship, which requires an additional 900 clock hours.  All internship students are expected to complete a minimum of 500 hours of direct service with clients.

During the internship, students will   continue to develop and refine competencies related to clinical reasoning, relationship skills, assessment skills, and interventions skills. In addition, students will continue to increase their knowledge base of core counseling competencies, as well as improve abilities to write clear, well organized reports, and refine communication skills. Internship students will be expected to display enhanced recognition of the rights, responsibilities and ethical guidelines of the profession. They will also be required to demonstrate knowledge of, and sensitivity to, diversity issues in interactions with clients and other professionals.

Capstone Examination Requirements

Students are required to take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) for the first time at the mid-point of the graduate study or as soon as they complete the ten core courses on which it is based. All students must successfully complete the CPCE no later than the semester before the one in which they plan to graduate.

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