Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

School of Adult & Graduate Studies

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Enhance your counseling career.

In our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, you can:

  • Become a counselor practitioner while learning the history and development of the counseling profession, the theories and ethical practice of counseling, and the competencies necessary for working with a diversity of patients and clients.
  • Prepare to deliver healing and health in the areas of developmental, behavioral, psychological, social, emotional, and career-based challenges and crises.
  • Learn theory, ethics, and strategies are emphasized, in addition to a counseling practicum and two internships.

For over 20 years, the Montreat College School of Adult and Graduate Studies has been equipping adult students with the skills and tools they need to take the next step in their careers. And thanks to our four locations—Asheville, Charlotte, Morganton, and online—and our convenient scheduling options, getting your associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree from Montreat College has never been easier.

The program is designed to prepare skilled professionals to work in a variety of settings, including private practice, community, government agencies and other mental health settings.

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Counseling (60 hours), graduates will have met North Carolina Licensed Professional educational requirements.

Our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is offered in Asheville, Charlotte, and Morganton.

Admission and Application Requirements

Admission Requirements

Program admission is competitive. Provisional admission requirements are:

  • Completed program admission application
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Submitted GRE scores: Combined Score of 290 and 2.5 Writing Score.
  • Individual Interview

Application Requirements

  • Montreat College Application for Admission
  • Official, final transcripts of all college courses taken (All final transcripts must include graduation information)
  • Talk with your admissions counselor for details on applying to your specific program.
  • Submit any supplemental learning documents for your program to the Montreat College Office of Enrollment.
  • Essay that outlines your professional goals
  • Resume, including both academic and employment history
  • Official GRE exam scores
  • Background check completion
Program Requirements

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Sample Courses

CN 610 Theories & Techniques in Counseling

This course will provide an overview of counseling theories and related techniques including psychoanalytic, gestalt, behavioral, cognitive, reality, existential, Adlerian, family systems, feminist, and postmodern therapies. Students will have the opportunity to role play and demonstrate beginning skills for counseling through videotaped role play sessions with classmates.

CN 620 Spirituality & Religion in Counseling

This course will examine the role of spirituality and religious beliefs in the counseling relationship and process. Students will explore how different religious traditions that clients may participate in could influence the counseling process as well as examine their own religious and spiritual foundations for their counseling theory and practice. Ethical standards will be discussed.

CN 635 Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment

This course will provide students an overview of clinical diagnoses according to the current Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM V). Diagnosis criteria will be reviewed and current best practice treatment options will be reviewed. Case studies will be utilized to provide students opportunities to practice diagnostic skills. Treatment planning in counseling will also be discussed.

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Crystal Joudry '18

I have chosen Montreat College because I know my peers also possess similar goals and values. I also love the encouraging and intelligent professors that possess a wealth of knowledge. It is obvious the faculty and staff are willing to help students succeed.

 
Crystal Joudry '18

I have chosen Montreat College because I know my peers also possess similar goals and values. I also love the encouraging and intelligent professors that possess a wealth of knowledge. It is obvious the faculty and staff are willing to help students succeed.

Faculty
Norèal Armstrong

Dr. Norèal Armstrong
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
noreal.armstrong@montreat.edu

Gregg Blanton

Dr. Gregg Blanton
Professor of Psychology and Human Services
gregg.blanton@montreat.edu

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Dr. Megan Clunan
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Services
megan.clunan@montreat.edu

Brad Faircloth

Dr. Brad Faircloth
Department Chair for Psychology and Human Services
brad.faircloth@montreat.edu

Penny Hamblin

Dr. Penny Hamblin
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
penny.hamblin@montreat.edu

John-Nelson Pope

Dr. John-Nelson Pope
Associate Professor of Counselor Education
john.pope@montreat.edu

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Dr. Terri Tilford
Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
terri.tilford@montreat.edu

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Jennifer Canfora

Dr. Nina Davis

Dr. Donna Fletcher

Dr. Allison Bronwyn Ford

Dr. Michelle Gordon

Dr. David Graham

Dr. Jessica Korzyniowski

Dr. Janet Lutz

Dr. Joy Martin

Dr. Melissa Mullins

Dr. Cindy Peters

Other Links

Annual Report 2017-18

Annual Report 2016-17

Annual Report 2015-16

Program Handbook

Practicum Planning Guide

Tuition and Fees

View Degree Plan and Full Course Listings

Chi Sigma Iota (Montreat College’s chapter is Mu Chi)

CMHC curricula is determined, developed, written, reviewed and evaluated by core and affiliate faculty once per quarter. Core and affiliate faculty are as follows: Dr. John Pope, Dr. Penny Hamblin, Dr. Noreal Armstrong, Dr. Megan Clunan, and Dr. Brad Faircloth.

Montreat College is an Approved National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Continuing Education Provider: # 4576

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CACREP Accreditation

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program in the School of Adult and Graduate Studies at Montreat College.

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Montreat College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges & Schools to award associate, bachelor, and master degrees. You can contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Montreat College. If you want to speak with someone at Montreat College about our accreditation, please contact Gregory Kerr, Ph.D., at (828) 669-8012 ext. 3621 or gkerr@montreat.edu. The complaint process for SACS COC can be found at http://www.sacscoc.org/FAQsanswers.asp.