Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

Preparing professional counselors to provide treatment for individuals experiencing a continuum of mental health issues.

100% 
of graduates who met the requirements for post-graduate supervised practice earn successfully obtained licensure

Viterbo’s MSMHC program educates counselors, who will integrate the values of contemplation, integrity, hospitality, stewardship, and service into their personal and professional lives. The program is designed for working professionals, with classes meeting Thursday late afternoons and ­evenings. There are also weekend classes that meet Friday nights and Saturdays. Internships in a clinical setting are designed to move the student toward independent work with clients while under the full supervision of a site supervisor. Students complete 600 hours of internship placement, 240 hours of which includes direct client contact. The 2016–17 job placement rate for graduates seeking employment was 95%. Eighty-five percent obtained employment before graduation or within one month of graduating.

Program Information

Students in this program have opportunities to learn through a variety of teaching methodologies including class discussions, role-playing, small group work, case-study analyses, and classroom simulations. Students then  apply this knowledge in supervised clinical settings. Our curriculum exceeds national and state standards by requiring core coursework in addiction counseling, psychopharmacology, family counseling, and wellness counseling, with emphasis on ethical professional practice. This program also provides training emphasis on psycho-diagnostics, psychometrics, and psycho-pharmaceutical knowledge and clinical skill sets applicable across the life span and sensitive to cultural differences.

Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (MSMHC)

Viterbo University's Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling degree is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. The program is designed to meet state requirements for licensure as mental health counselors in the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. The key content areas include professional identity, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, helping relationships, career development, group work, assessment, diagnosis, research, program evaluation, and evidence-based counseling, prevention, and intervention skills. Students will have opportunities to learn through a variety of teaching methodologies including class discussions, role-playing, small group work, case-study analyses, and classroom simulations. Students will apply this knowledge in supervised clinical settings.

 

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