Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Mission Statement

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is committed to preparing knowledgeable and ethical Professional Counselors equipped for the practice of individual, couple, family, and group counseling. Our program emphasizes working with diverse populations and developing strategies to promote the social, emotional, psychological, and physical health of individuals, families, communities, and organizations. We contribute to human development, adjustment, and change by encouraging our diverse faculty and student body to engage in reflective practice, critical inquiry, civic engagement, and responsible social action.

This 60-credit-hour program is accredited by CACREP. The program prepares graduates to enter the counseling profession in a variety of human service settings, including welfare and other social service agencies, mental health centers, penal institutions, court systems, employment centers, allied health agencies, government service agencies, community college counseling centers, and private practice.

Additional information about the program can be found in the internship handbook.

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Program Data 2016-2017

Retention rate: 94%

Average time to complete the program: 2.5 years (89% complete the program in 7 semesters or less)

2017-18 Cost: on-campus $1,655 per credit

Scholarships: merit based scholarships

Employment settings: community mental health settings, inpatient units, intensive outpatient units, crisis counseling

Licensure eligibility: License for Professional Counselors (LPC) *requirements vary by state

NCE passing rates: 87.5% (7 of 8 students)

Accreditation status: 2 years through 2017, review pending summer 2017 *Program has been accredited since 1984

Annual Fall Enrollment: 36 (new and continuing)

Predicted job outlook (2014-2024) 19% expected increase *compared to 7% expected increase in total US jobs *Obtained from US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics


Why a GW Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?

  • Growth in Opportunity: Featured by both the Department of Labor and US News and World Report as one of the best professions, the field of counseling will see over 30% growth in the next ten years.
  • Nationally Ranked and Accredited: The GSEHD Counseling program combines rigorous course content with supervised, clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults from the metropolitan area. Whether you aspire to work in a school setting, a community mental health center, or private practice – whether you are drawn to the care of trauma survivors, motivated to connect with urban teens or feel called to serve our veterans - you will be prepared to succeed empowered by a true sense of purpose.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 60 credits, including 57 credits in required courses and 3 credits in elective courses, and completion of 600 hours in internships and 100 hours in a practicum.

Required Courses

EDUC 6114: Introduction to Quantitative Research
CNSL 6151: Professional and Ethical Orientation to Counseling
CNSL 6153: Counseling Interview Skills
CNSL 6154: Theories and Techniques of Counseling
CNSL 6155: Career Counseling
CNSL 6157: Individual Assessment in Counseling
CNSL 6161: Group Counseling
CNSL 6163: Social/Cultural Dimensions Counseling
CNSL 6169: Counseling Substance Abusers
CNSL 6171: Family Counseling
CNSL 6173: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
CNSL 6174: Trauma and Crisis Intervention
CNSL 6185: Internship in Counseling
CNSL 6186:Advanced Internship in Counseling
CNSL 6268: Foundations/Practicum: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
CNSL 6269: Practicum I
CNSL 6270: Practicum II
HDEV 6108: Life Span Human Development
HDEV 6109: Child Development OR HDEV 6110: Adolescent Development OR HDEV 8244: Adult and Aging Development

Electives: 3 credits in elective courses to be selected in consultation with the program advisor

Clinical Associate Professor
(202) 994-2390
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-0780
Career Outlook


Our graduates are offering hope and help to students and clients at multiple community, government and school based locations including:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • Community Connections Integrative Trauma Team
  • Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders
  • Dominion Hospital
  • DC Department of Disability Services
  • US Navy
  • Phoenix House
  • INOVA Health Care
  • Jewish Social Services Agency
  • American University Counseling Center
  • Georgetown University Career Center

Find people in need and you will find a GSEHD counselor.

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Learn more about the Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program located on campus (202-994-9283).