Together with a Christian frame of reference and Christian faculty, Bushnell University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is distinctive in several important ways.
First, you will gain a solid foundation of counseling skills, procedures, and theories. Building upon that base, you’ll be encouraged to develop a theoretical orientation to counseling that matches your own personality and value system. Students implement and refine this personal approach to counseling in their second year by seeing clients in the Bushnell Counseling Center. All Practicum and Internship students receive individual and group supervision from qualified supervisors throughout the program.
By the end of the first year, you will focus on a special population, clinical issue, or effective treatment modality. In other words, you will have developed your own area of specialization. Additionally, you will individualize your own program through choices of electives and numerous internship sites available to our students.
Graduates of the program meet the academic standards leading to Oregon licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). LPCs offer counseling services to individuals or groups in private practice and agency settings. These services may be in the areas of personal-social concerns, educational programs, and career decisions. Counseling services include the use of recognized best practices, counseling techniques, appraisal/assessment methods, and current research.
The mission of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is to prepare culturally competent mental health counselors who integrate current, evidence-based interventions and techniques to foster their clients’ wellness and relationships.
Program Format & Course Offerings
This 60-credit hour program is offered in a hybrid format and is designed to be completed in 28 months. Some of your classes will be onsite during the evening hours and some of your classes will be offered online.
In addition to class time, students have an opportunity for direct client contact at Bushnell University’s operational onsite counseling clinic.
Courses in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Personality and Counseling Theory
The Helping Relationship
Ethical and Legal Issues
Research and Evaluation
Group Dynamics & Theory
Human Growth and Development
Lifestyle and Career Development
Counseling in a Multicultural Society
Diagnosis and Psychopathology
Testing and Appraisal
Crisis, Trauma, and Grief Counseling
Clinical Practicum I
Clinical Practicum II
The curriculum includes coursework in counseling theories and approaches, courses in specialty areas of mental health, and applied clinical experiences during Practicum and Internship (minimum 700 hours, including 280 direct hours with clients).
During Internship, students work 15 hours per week (approximately) in a counseling agency in the community with supervision from professional counselors.
The Capstone involves the completion of a final clinical project evaluated by the faculty. Once the clinical project is approved, the student is advanced to candidacy and may apply for graduation.
Bushnell University’s Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Bushnell University’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is approved by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT).
Counseling Program Information
Student Outcomes 2018-2019
18 Graduates from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in the past year
72% Completion rate of students from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
90% Licensure/certification exam pass rate of students graduating from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program
78% Job-placement rate of graduates from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program actively seeking employment
- A free application for admission.
- Official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If the applicant’s GPA is below a 3.0, they may be asked to submit a current (within 5 years of application) official test score report showing; a minimum combined score of 297 (verbal and quantitative) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or a minimum scaled score of 400 on the Miller Analogy Test (MAT).
- A statement of purpose of two to three pages (double-spaced) showing skills in written communication, articulating interest in counseling as a profession, and demonstrating maturity to work in a counseling setting.
- A resume documenting education and experience in psychology, mental health, or related fields.
- Two letters of recommendation, preferably one professional and one personal, highlighting any relevant counseling experience and which speaks to the character of the applicant.
- At their own expense, applicants must obtain and pass a criminal background check.
- A personal interview with the Admissions Committee.
- A minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL (213 on the computer TOEFL) for applicants from non-English speaking countries.
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