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Planned Program - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

As a result of the new 2016 CACREP Standards implementation, the planned programs have been revised to reflect the new course sequence. To ensure you are on track to complete your degree program, please select the appropriate planned program below based on the cohort with whom you entered the program:

*Courses offered the semesters indicated are dependent on demand and instructor availability. Please consult TopNet for course offerings or contact your advisor regarding offerings for a particular semester.

View the tentative schedule for upcoming courses to see when the courses will likely be offered. View the course descriptions to learn more about each course. 

Elective Options

In addition to the core CMHC program courses, four elective courses may be taken to allow you to explore a variety of areas or specialize in a particular area of interest. You are encouraged to discuss the options with your advisor but the following certificates and/or set of courses may enhance your work with populations/issues of interest; the courses already part of your core program will count toward the certificate!

Kentucky School Counselor Certification Eligibility

Students enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program who take courses that meet Kentucky state requirements can be eligible for both the KY Professional Clinical Counselor License and the Kentucky School Counseling Certification (Provisional-Rank I). Additional courses beyond the 60-hour CMHC program are required to acquire the Standard School Counseling Certification. Students should work with their advisor upon being accepted into the CMHC program to make sure they are following the appropriate Planned Program and courses to meet the requirements for both.

View the CMHC-SC Planned Program below as a guide for scheduling:

**The following courses are included as the CMHC electives:

  • CNS 548 Principles and Practices of School Counseling
  • CNS 549 School Counseling and Consultation
  • CNS 568 Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • CNS 590 School Counseling Practicum

Addictions Education (AE) Certificate
Prepares students to provide counseling, education services, and/or support services to individuals experiencing addiction issues. Required electives include:

  • CNS 647 Addictions: Assessment, Diagnosis, & Treatment Planning 
  • CNS 667 Counseling Substance and Process Addictions

The remaining courses can come from the required CMHC courses:

  • CNS 637 Theories of Addictions 
  • CNS 596 Internship or advisor approved course 
  • Advisor Approved Elective such as CNS 677 Eating Disorders

College and Career Readiness (CCR) Certificate

Prepares students to interact and intervene with P-12 students and develop professional relationships with school-related stakeholders in support of college and career readiness. Required electives include:

  • CNS 500 College and Career Readiness Foundations 
  • CNS 501 College and Career Consultation & Collaboration 
  • CNS 502 College and Career Program Development & Evaluation 
  • CNS 503 Practicum in College and Career Readiness*

The remaining courses can come from the required CMHC courses:

  • CNS 556 Developmental Career Counseling 
  • *May subsitute CNS 591/596 Practicum/Internship in CMHC for CNS 503 if you complete at least 40 direct CCR-related hours within your internship.

Courses and certificates in other programs on campus might also be of interest; talk with your advisor to select courses that would help you meet the requirements for licensure (the KY LPC board looks for 60 hours of counseling-related courses). Some considerations may include:

Other graduates program that might be of interest (courses must be 500 level and above):

  • Family Studies
  • Psychology
  • Psych Sciences
  • Public Health (addictions-related)
  • Social Work
  • Sociology




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 Last Modified 5/11/20