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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Program Coordinator
Dr. Marion Cavallaro

Degree Program: Master of Arts in Counselor Education (CMHC) 60 cr.

The Department of Counselor Education at The College of New Jersey has been continuously accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since 1991.

We have expanded the prior “Community Counseling: Substance Abuse and Addiction” program (CPSD) into a 60-credit program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As of July 13, 2013, this comprehensive program has been approved by CACREP and accredited for an 8-year period through October 31, 2021.

Students in this program will be able to choose to take electives in addiction counseling that would meet the educational requirements for licensure as both a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in New Jersey. Likewise, if students are interested in general practice as a mental health counselor, they may pursue the same by taking a variety of elective courses with their core mental health counseling coursework. This general practice option would meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in New Jersey.

Depending on the specialization chosen, Clinical Mental Health Counseling option students are prepared for positions in community and government agencies, higher education, business, and substance abuse programs.


Required Core Courses (33 credits)

COUN 501: Introduction to Counseling (3 credits)

COUN 515: Statistics and Research in Counseling (3 credits)

EPSY 520: Fundamentals of Human Development (3 credits)

COUN 530: Multicultural Counseling (3 credits)

COUN 535: Career Counseling (3 credits)

COUN 670: Counseling Theory and Techniques (3 credits)

COUN 675: Group Counseling (3 credits)

EPSY 643: Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling (3 credits)

COUN 690: Practicum Seminar (3 credits)

COUN 693: Internship Seminar (6 credits)

(The requirements for COUN 693 may be met by taking COUN 694 and COUN 695, which are each 3-credit Internship Seminar courses.)

Required Courses in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (15 credits)

COUN 545: Community Agency Counseling (3 credits)

COUN 551: Substance Abuse and Addiction: Individual, Family and Society (3 credits)

COUN 555: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (3 credits)

COUN 600: Introduction to Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and Therapy (3 credits)

COUN 605: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)

Elective Coursework (12 credits)

General Practice Electives (for LPC):

Any 4 elective courses in counseling (12 credits) OR

Substance Abuse and Addiction Electives (for LCADC and/or LPC):

COUN 552: Substance Abuse Education and Prevention (3 credits)

COUN 553: Treating Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders (3 credits)

Any 2 elective courses in counseling (6 credits)

(300 of the total 700 hours of clinical work for the Practicum/Internship experiences must be specific to substance abuse and addiction counseling work.)


Important Notice Regarding Program Changes