CACREP Accredited

Master of Arts in Clinical
Mental Health Counseling

Developing exceptional professional counselors


The full MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree is offered both at the Ashland Campus and the Columbus Center. A new cohort of counseling students begins in the Fall semester each year, meeting on Thursdays in Ashland for students beginning in odd-numbered years and on Tuesdays in Columbus for students beginning in even-numbered years. For each cohort, the core counseling coursework is covered in the cohort day schedule over a two-year period. Clinical Content, Practicum, Internship, and religious heritage core courses are offered outside the cohort day schedule and may be taken at the Cleveland, Columbus, and Ashland sites (see current “Schedule of Course Offerings” for specific dates and times).

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board to meet academic requirements for the Professional Counselor (PC) and Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC) licenses. The curriculum is based on a firm commitment to biblical responsibilities and principles as they apply to personal wholeness and the healing of human hurts. Field experience requirements are designed to allow students freedom in selecting sites to match career interests and goals. Students are exposed to a rich blend of expertise through faculty who serve at a variety of institutional, agency, and private practice settings. Students earning the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree must complete 60 semester hours of counseling coursework with a B– or higher in each course to meet the educational requirements for licensure in Ohio, according to Ohio Counselor, Social Work, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board law. They must also complete the four hour religious heritage core. Students earning the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree must complete a total of 64 semester hours.


The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is offered from within a Christian worldview and strives to develop exceptional professional counselors with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide compassionate care to people from diverse backgrounds. This program provides the academic and experiential background needed to equip students to effectively practice as professional counselors. In addition, the degree satisfies Ohio educational requirements set by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for licensure as a Professional Counselor (P.C.) and Professional Clinical Counselor (P.C.C.). Graduates from this program typically enter a wide variety of professional vocations and post-graduate programs. These include but are not limited to private practice, community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment programs, military and institutional chaplaincies, correctional agencies, and church-based counseling centers.

Degree Learning Outcomes (DLOs) and Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

The CMHC Program’s assessment system includes broad Degree Learning Outcomes (DLOs) in three areas; Knowledge, Professional Skills, and Personal Attributes. Each of these more general degree learning outcomes is composed of a number of more specific degree learning outcomes as indicated below. (Degree learning outcomes are attained through “student learning objectives” (SLOs) which are specified in course syllabi.)

DLO-I. Knowledge Objectives: By the conclusion of their program, students will be able to distinguish the clinical information needed by professional counselors (“Knowledge Objective” or “KO”). More specifically, the student will be able to:

  • KO1. Articulate the history, professional roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards and credentialing of professional counseling;
  • KO2. Explain the importance of social and cultural diversity, including the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society;
  • KO3. Describe human growth and development and the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, and in multicultural contexts;
  • KO4. Discuss career development and related life factors;
  • KO5. Describe the helping relationship and counseling process in a multicultural society;
  • KO6. Define group work, including group purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods and skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society;
  • KO7. Interpret assessments, including individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society;
  • KO8. Review research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation; and
  • KO9. Identify the role that personal faith or belief systems play in the counseling process.

DLO-II. Professional Skills Objectives: By the conclusion of their program, students will demonstrate ability in professional counseling skills (“Professional Skills Objective” or “PSO”). More specifically, the student will be able to:

  • PSO1. Demonstrate adherence to ethical and legal standards of the professional counseling;
  • PSO2. Demonstrate effective treatment planning and intervention in counseling;
  • PSO3. Demonstrate recognition of personal limitations as a professional counselor and the need to seek supervision or refer clients when appropriate;
  • PSO4. Demonstrate effective service provision to clients in a multicultural society;
  • PSO5. Demonstrate skill in interviewing, assessment, diagnosis, and case management for working with individuals, couples, and families; and
  • PSO6. Demonstrate application of research findings in professional counseling.

DLO-III. Personal Attributes Objectives: By the conclusion of their program, students will exhibit personal characteristics important for professional counseling and counselors (“Personal Attributes Objectives” or “PAO”). More specifically, the student will be able to:

  • PAO1. Explain the importance of boundaries and limitations to competency;
  • PAO2. Act with integrity and honesty;
  • PAO3. Demonstrate interpersonal strength and maturity; and
  • PAO4. Act professionally, as is generally recognized, within the counseling profession.

Michigan residents: See the Master of Arts in Counseling degree program.

Our Counseling Faculty

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Degree Design

Class Name Credit Hours
Religious Heritage Core
BSG 5510 Fundamentals of Biblical Interpretation 2 hours
CTH 5510 Fundamentals of Christian Theology 2 hours
Counseling Core Courses
CLC 5501 Spiritual Themes in Clinical Counseling 2 hours
CLC 5504 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling 2 hours
CLC 5508 Counseling Techniques 3 hours
CLC 5509 Counseling Theories 3 hours
CLC 5511 Human Growth and Development 3 hours
CLC 5520 Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling 3 hours
CLC 5522 Lifestyle and Career Counseling 3 hours
CLC 5530 Group Dynamics I 1.5 hours
CLC 5531 Group Dynamics II 1.5 hours
CLC 7770 Professional Ethics and Responsibilities 3 hours
CLC 6691 Introduction to Research Methods and Design 3 hours
CLC 6692 Assessment 3 hours
Practicum and Internship
CLC 6636 Practicum in Counseling 2 hours
CLC 7796 Internship in Counseling 4 hours
Clinical Content Courses
Choose 1 of the following 2 courses:
CLC 7751 Special Issues in Abnormal-Personality Disorder 3 hours
CLC 7756 Introduction to Substance Abuse 3 hours
CLC 7761 Personality Assessment 3 hours
CLC 7729 Differential Diagnosis 3 hours
CLC 7787 Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders 3 hours
CLC 7795 Treatment Planning Principles and Practice 3 hours
CLC 7721 Crisis Counseling 3 hours
Elective Courses
Clinical Content Electives 5 hours
Total Hours 64 hours

Practicum & Internship

Practicum in Counseling

Practicum is an important experience in the student’s preparation as a clinical counselor. It is intended to be an on-the-job experience conducted in a setting as close as possible to the one in which the student will seek employment. The nature of this experience should be as similar to a regular counseling position as possible, but with much more supervision than is usually the case with an employed counselor.

Internship in Counseling

The internship is one of the most important experiences in the student’s preparation as a clinical counselor. The internship experience follows practicum and provides further opportunity for students to assume the role of professional counselor-in-training (counselor trainee) and to provide clinical services within a community agency, school, or private group practice under appropriate supervision. In the internship, students have the opportunity to synthesize and apply what they have learned in theory, practice, and research in an actual counseling setting. While in this setting, the site supervisor serves as an important role model and mentor, guiding the intern as she/he works with clients. Thus the internship is intended to be an experience from which the student, clients, the internship site, and the school can all benefit.


Renee McCallion

Renee wanted her counseling education to prepare her not just as a clinical counselor but a Christian counselor, able to offer the world something more than the basic therapeutic approaches… Jesus Christ.

Ryan Crundwell

Ryan came to Ashland Theological Seminary because he wanted professors who take their personal walk with Christ and their professional journey as Clinicians very seriously and are dedicated to equipping the next crop of counselors.


Clinical Counseling is the professional discipline of providing preventative and remedial services through counseling, training, educating, and consulting. This is an exciting and rewarding expression of Christ’s call to bring hope and comfort to the oppressed (Luke 4; Isaiah 61). Students who complete either the MACMHC in Ohio or the MAC in Michigan will be eligible to sit for the appropriate licensure exam in these states.

Who to Contact

Renee Johnson 419-289-5704