Xavier Department of Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts degree program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The degree program is designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a professional clinical counselor. Students interested in working toward state licensure should contact the department chair and visit the following websites:

Students who successfully complete this degree may also apply for licensure as a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor upon meeting additional criteria set by the Ohio Credentialing Board. Students interested in the Chemical Dependency Counselor license should contact the department chair for details.

In its Master of Arts degree program, Xavier also offers a concentration in school counseling, a professional degree designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a school counselor.

For further information about the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, including an application, please complete the web inquiry form. Questions regarding the application process may be e-mailed directly to the office of graduate services at xugrad@xavier.edu. To contact the chair of the Department of Counseling, Dr. Rhonda Norman, email at norman@xavier.edu or call 513-745-3450.

Course Offerings

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts Program requirements are divided into four groupings that will lead the student through a general sequence of academic experiences. Introductory courses are presented in Group I, with intermediate offerings available in Group II. Group III requirements should be attempted only after most of the Group I and II courses are completed. Group IV requirements should be completed after Group III courses.

Group I

16 credit hours
  • COUN 501 Lifespan Development
  • COUN 533 Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • COUN 536 Group Process
  • COUN 579 Psychological and Achievement Testing
  • COUN 630 Intro to Mental Health Counseling
  • COUN 636 Career Counseling

Group II

11 credit hours
  • COUN 509 Counseling Research Methods
  • COUN 631 Counseling Issues and Ethics
  • COUN 638 Cross Cultural Counseling
  • COUN 640 Family Relations
  • COUN 669 Pre-Practicum/Counseling Lab

Group III

14 credit hours
  • COUN 642 Consultation and Supervision
  • COUN 765 Crisis Counseling
  • COUN 767 Treating Addictions (Advanced)
  • COUN 773 Counseling Practicum
  • 3 elective hours

Group IV

19 credit hours
  • COUN 671 Counseling Internship (600 hours)
  • COUN 760 Personality and Abnormal Behavior
  • COUN 762 Clinical and Personality Assessment
  • COUN 763 Diagnosis of Psychopathology
  • COUN 764 Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • COUN 766 Intervention Skills for the Severely Mentally Disabled


60 credit hours