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Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Chicago, IL


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Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health | Adler University

This program, offered both on-ground in the Chicago campus and online, is led by field-experienced faculty and offers a blend of theoretical coursework and hands-on training that will prepare you to become a skilled force for healing through self-reflexivity, self-awareness and lifelong learning.

With a comprehensive theoretical curriculum and supervised clinical field experiences, we excel at preparing future clinicians for certification as National Certified Counselors (NCC), licensure in Illinois as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and licensure of other states with appropriate advisement and adjustment to the curriculum.

Preparation for the CPCE | Adler University

The M.A. in Counseling with the specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides students both the theoretical knowledge and the supervised clinical experience they need to take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Adler University graduates enjoy a high success rate. On the most recent exam, Adler University graduates achieved a 100% passing rate.

Licensures and Credentials | Adler University

Adler University graduates of the M.A. in Counseling with the specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are eligible to apply for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and, upon completing post-graduate training and practicum, the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credentials. 

Graduates can also apply for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential and sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE), which, upon graduation, may be submitted to the State of Illinois licensing board to fulfill state licensing requirements.

Convenient Schedule for Working Professionals

Evening and weekend courses and online and blended formats enable working professionals to fit coursework into their busy schedules. Students can opt to complete the degree through a full-time, two-year program or through a flexible part-time program.

Comprehensive Curriculum | Adler University

Students in the M.A. in Counseling with the specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program complete a total of 61-credit hours. Students take required courses in counselling theories, diagnosis of maladaptive behavior, clinical mental health, Adlerian theory and counselling, group counseling, counseling multicultural communities, couples and family counseling, human development, treatment planning, addictions counseling and assessment. 

Students also participate in practicums and practicum seminars, professional development and field training.

Dedicated Training Department for Practicums and Internships | Adler University

Adler University has a dedicated Training Department that partners with hundreds of community organizations, hospitals, clinics, medical centers, schools and government agencies. These partnerships allow students to gain the clinical experience they need to develop the skills they need as couples and family therapists with a range of specialties.

Dedicated Faculty with Real-World Experience at Adler University

The faculty at Adler University are experienced real-world practitioners and committed researchers. Dr. Justin Lauka, Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, comes to Adler University with experience in mental health agency and EAP settings where he conducted intake assessment and implemented crisis intervention, treatment plans and care coordination. His research, publications and presentations focus on counseling education.

Dr. Christina Jackson-Bailey is active in professional organizations such as the Counselors for Social Justice and the Association of Black Psychologists. Her research, publications and presentations focus on psychological distress among black men and multicultural counseling.

Create Social Change at Adler University

Founded in 1952, Adler University graduates socially responsible practitioners — educated to be effective agents of social change in the pursuit of justice. Our rigorous programs and passionate faculty provide the tools, skills and real-world experience needed to address society’s most challenging issues.

Adler University offers graduate degrees designed for social change in psychology, counseling, family therapy and public service. Put your passion to work in a program uniquely dedicated to engaging communities and advancing social justice — online or at our Chicago or Vancouver campuses.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 2

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Optional
Social Justice Practicum; Internship

Location & Contact

Address 17 North Dearborn
Chicago, IL  60602
United States
Contact Phyllis Horton
Director of Admissions
Phone: 312-662-4100

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