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M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Bring Healing & Hope Through Clinical Mental Health Counseling

What moves you … Helping individuals manage and overcome life issues and guiding them to better mental health? Regent’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, offered online or on-campus in Virginia Beach, prepares you to pursue fulfilling licensed-counseling employment in a variety of professional settings. This CACREP-accredited master’s in clinical mental health counseling combines models and techniques of counseling with biblical principles for a strong and balanced approach.

On Campus, Online w/ Residency
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August 23, 2021
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Intimate Learning Environment

Build relationships and get feedback from a small but challenging core of fellow students and professors.

Hands-On Experience

Apply what you learn from your rigorous clinical mental health counseling coursework through qualified internship settings.

Prepare to Make a Lasting Difference

Join a respected network of Regent mental health practitioners leading in their field through the integration of science and faith.

Courses are taught from a Christian worldview by renowned faculty in Virginia Beach and beyond.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

Through this CACREP-accredited M.A. in clinical mental health counseling program, pursued online or on-campus, you will:

  • Apply knowledge and skills in human growth and development, group work, research and professional ethics.
  • Diagnose and treat people with emotional and mental health disorders.
  • Practice techniques and interventions to treat people impacted by crisis and trauma.
  • Prepare for real-world clinical practice in community agencies and other mental health counseling service networks.

Program Evaluation & Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Licensed Clinical Counseling in:

  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Family Service Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Private Practice
25%
Projected employment growth for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors from 2019-29 (much faster than average) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Introductory course to the counseling profession. This course covers essential elements of the counseling profession including (a) history and philosophy, (b) professional roles, self-care, and worldview, (c) relationships with other helping professionals including the role of supervision and consultation, (d) credentialing and professional organizations, (e) practice within various professional settings. Prerequisite: Take concurrently with COUN 521.

Provides underlying principles of social science research with an adequate understanding of academic writing, logical thinking and basic research methods. Further knowledge of research methods, as well as be acquainted with the use of various descriptive and inferential statistics in order to develop strategies to assess research literature.

The first of two courses that focuses on the experiential application of the theories courses and practice of basic counseling skills and techniques. Meet weekly in a group to critique video-taped experience of basic counseling skills and techniques. Prerequisite: Take concurrently with COUN 500. Pass/No Pass.

*Online students must take COUN 596A and COUN 521 concurrently.

Sequel to COUN 521 to move on to more advanced counseling skills and techniques, which are videotaped. Involves a field experience in a mental health or school setting. On-site experience includes observing professionals as they function, as well as developing primary level mental health service provision skills. Continue to meet in weekly small groups to critique your application of counseling skills. Prerequisites: for counseling students COUN 500, COUN 521, COUN 526, COUN 538, COUN 554, COUN 561, COUN 570, and taken prior or concurrently with either COUN 516, COUN 546, or 562. Pass/No Pass.

Introduction to the major personality and psychotherapeutic theories that undergird current counseling practice. Summarizes and evaluates various psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioral, cognitive and family systems theories.

Teaches principles of measurement and assessment and counseling use of various assessment instruments: achievement, aptitude, intelligence, interest and personality. Covers supervision in administering, scoring and interpreting individual evaluation methods. Prerequisite: COUN 538.

Investigates addictive processes associated with dependencies. Addresses assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and interventions throughout the stages of misuse, abuse and dependency. Explores issues related to addictive disorders in individuals and families.

Studies theories of career and lifestyle development, counseling approaches, ethical issues and applications to the diversity of work settings. Addresses lifespan career program planning, changing roles of men and women, dual-career families and decision-making theories. Includes interrelationship of work, family and leisure along with relevant assessment instruments, career counseling resources and information systems, as well as major issues that impact career choices and work settings such as family issues, mobility of people and work settings and other relevant concerns.

Examination of abnormal behavior as defined by the DSM and includes an introduction to the etiology, diagnosis, treatment and spiritual dimension of these disorders. Focuses on appropriate use of the DSM, differential diagnosing, cultural overrides and emerging technologies in the treatment of individuals and groups.

Study of the processes of human growth and developing patterns of behavior throughout the lifespan. Particular emphasis will be placed on the physical, mental, emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth of the individual.

In-depth analysis of marital and family relationships. Explore topics such as systems theory, family life development, communication processes and conflict resolution from a scriptural and interaction systems perspective. Examine and evaluate various family structures. Prerequisite: COUN 526.

Conceptual and practical overview of group counseling including the role of group leadership; tools for forming a group and orienting members; and catalysts for interaction skills for conducting and evaluating counseling/therapy groups. Emphasis will be given to leadership techniques used at different stages in the life of a group, as well as ethical issues. Participate in a small group to promote self-awareness, interpersonal skills and an understanding of group skills and techniques. Prerequisite: COUN 500, COUN 521, and COUN 526.

**Online students must take COUN 596B and COUN 554 concurrently.

Culminating seminar that presents comprehensive concepts of ethical, legal, moral and spiritual issues in counseling. Relevant case studies form a basis for discussion. Prerequisites: for counseling students COUN 521.

Addresses the foundations, contextual dimensions, and basic knowledge and skills to function in specialized settings of agency, community and emergency environments. Emphasis will be placed on providing intervention in clinical, disaster, crisis and traumatic situations, including emergencies in which triage, intervention, support, referral and advocacy is required. Specialized areas will include counselor self-care; wellness and preventions; suicide de-escalation, crisis incident stress management, and psychological first aid.

Addresses treatment planning within the therapeutic process, guiding principles for the selection of effective treatment strategies, and best practice and evidence-based treatment approaches to mental health care. Emphasis will be placed on a practical progression to effective clinical care (e.g., intake, therapeutic rapport-building, assessments, goal setting, treatment planning, and documentation). Cross-listed with CES 664. Prerequisites: COUN 521, COUN 526, and COUN 538.

Didactic and experiential course to expand personal and professional relationship competencies in working with people in our contemporary, pluralistic society. Religion is explored as an aspect of diversity.

Examines applied integration within a Christian worldview and explores examples of applied integrative theory and practice in counseling.

Be assigned to work at a professional counseling work setting, closely supervised on site by a trained mental health professional. Culminating experience to apply the knowledge and experience gained during counselor training program as a member of a professional mental health team. In addition to supervision on site, participate in a weekly internship seminar led by a professor on the counseling faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Pass/No Pass.

Application Deadlines:
The Fall 2021 M.A. in Counseling Licensure Programs (Clinical Mental Health, School, and Marriage, Couple & Family) Cohort is full. Though we are no longer able to admit applicants into our Fall 2021 cohort, we welcome you to apply for our Spring 2022 cohort.

  • Spring: December 1 | Fall: July 1

Important Note: If admitted to an online program, you will be required to attend and successfully complete two one-week residencies during the course of the program. Students have the option of attending residency in January or August. Students wanting to pursue the accelerated pace will need to attend both the January and August residency their first year.

COVID-19 Update: Concerned about travel? Spring residencies will be held online for your well-being and convenience.

Prerequisites:

Master’s applicants must:

  • Hold a B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited college or university. Desirable degrees include those in counseling, psychology or related human behavioral fields. Other degree fields will also be considered.
  • Have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA for all undergraduate coursework.

Application Process:

Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Step 2: Application Fee
Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Step 3: Complete an Academic Background Questionnaire Licensure Survey

Step 4: Resume
Submit a professional resume or curriculum vitae to include three references with contact information. References should be able to address questions related to character, as well as your interpersonal and relational skills. Please email to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Master’s Application Pieces.

Step 5: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Master’s Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 6: Official Test Score
Submit either official MAT or GRE scores. Waivers are only considered in the following instance: (Please keep in mind waivers are only considered for master’s program applicants.)

  • The applicant has completed a doctoral degree with at least a 3.5 GPA from a regionally accredited college or university.

MAT: Miller Analogies Test
To learn more about the MAT, visit www.milleranalogies.com/.

GRE: Graduate Record Exam-General Test
The School of Psychology & Counseling does not require the Psychology Subject Test. For more information about the GRE you can contact: GRE (Educational Testing Service), Princeton, NJ 08541, 609.771.7670 / 866.473.4373, www.ets.org/gre/

Average test scores of admitted students: MAT – 400. GRE 152 – Verbal and 141 – Quantitative (revised score scale). These are averages based on the scores of enrolled students over the last three years.

Step 7: Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.

Step 8: Pre-Admissions Interview
Pre-admissions interviews for all licensure programs are by invitation only and completes your process prior to submitting your file to the admissions committee for their review. These required interviews are conducted online, and you must have both a webcam and microphone to participate. Your admissions counselor will provide information regarding interview days/times for you to register once your file is complete.

International student applicants should allow at least 4-6 weeks for an admission decision to be made once the applicant has submitted all required documents to the appropriate offices and has followed all processes and procedures required for an admission decision.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4498 or email psycounadmissions@regent.edu, should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6756$4,050
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6753$2,025
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8753$2,625
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)Full time enrollment is required.

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6759$6,075
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6756$4,050
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8756$5,250
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)$87512$10,500

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6756$4,050
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6753$2,025
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8753$2,625
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)Full time enrollment is required.

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6759$6,075
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6756$4,050
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8756$5,250
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)$87512$10,500

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$750
University Services Fee (Online Students)$600

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

Upcoming Residency Dates

Spring 2021:

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we will not be holding Spring 2021 residency on campus. The following adjustments have been made to ensure our students’ health and safety:

Residency A (Online) – Monday, January 4 – Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Residency B (Online) – Thursday, March 11 – Saturday, March 13, 2021

Fall 2021:

Residency A (On-Campus) – Sunday, August 8 – Friday, August 13, 2021

Residency B (Online) – Thursday, October 14 – Saturday, October 16, 2021

Any questions regarding residency should be directed to Academic Services Manager, Linda Harrell at lindha5@regent.edu.


Online students in our master’s counseling programs are required to participate in two week-long residencies from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Eastern Time). Residencies provide networking and mentoring opportunities for students; and facilitate discussions with faculty concerning relevant issues, course matriculation, licensure issues and state/national exams.

During residency, students will begin a course that will be completed during the remainder of the fall semester. First-year students will receive an orientation to Regent and participate in sessions on graduate level writing and online learning technology. The School of Psychology & Counseling usually provides lunch and two breaks daily when courses are in session.

Students should consider the following residency costs: transportation, lodging, meals and textbooks purchased prior to residency. We discourage students from bringing their families during residency as the coursework is intensive and requires a considerable amount of study and preparation time, leaving no time for extracurricular activities.

Waiving of residency requirements will not be considered.

Is the GRE required if I already have a master’s degree or am enrolled in a master’s program?

The master’s level programs require an entrance exam from either the GRE or the MAT. Waivers are only considered if the applicant has completed a doctoral degree with at least a 3.5 GPA from a regionally accredited college or University.

Am I required to attend full time or may I go at my own pace?

Students may select from one of three progressions that allows them to take classes at a pace that works best for their own personal and professional schedules.

How many hours do you recommend a master’s student work per week?

Due to the number of hours you will be spending in and out of class studying, we suggest you work no more than 20 hours per week. There are a number of part-time graduate assistant positions available every semester at the university that allow for flexible schedules.

I didn’t major in psychology at the undergraduate level, what do I need to do to make up for this?

We do not require applicants to have majored in psychology at the undergraduate level. We do feel, however, that it is beneficial for applicants to have at least nine credit hours of psychology-related coursework. If you did not major or at least minor in psychology at the undergraduate level, you may want to consider taking additional undergraduate courses. Again, this is not a prerequisite for admission. Recommended courses include: Intro to Psychology, Research Methods/ Statistics, Personality Theory, Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Test & Measurements, Social Psychology and Physiological Psychology.

How many applicants do you have each year and how many applicants are admitted?

Each year we admit and enroll about 60 students into the online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and 20 in the Human Services Counseling program. Last year we received over 300 applications.

What is the average age of the students?

The average age of the entering class of master’s students in the online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is 34. The average age of the entering class of the master’s students in the Human Services Counseling program is 40.

What is the path for licensure for graduates from your program?

Licensure is different in each state. However, the general standard for licensure is the completion of a 60 credit hour M.A. in Counseling with a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling or Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling. Two years of supervision (post-degree) and a state licensure exam is what most states require to become licensed as a professional counselor or its equivalent. School Counseling licensure or certification is determined by the Board of Education in most states. (Usually, an M.A. in Counseling in School Counseling is sufficient.) Students should examine the requirements for licensure in the state or states they would like to practice in the future.

“Regent has exposed me to so much. I’ve had so many opportunities to learn and grow as both an advanced clinician and as an educator.”

Gus Tan, Ph.D., 2010 Counselor Education and Supervision

“I am extremely grateful for the excellent education that Regent provides through the School of Psychology & Counseling.”

Trina Young Greer, Psy.D. in Counseling, 2000 Owner & Executive Director of Genesis Counseling Center

“Learn all that you can while you're a student at Regent. Take everything the professors say and learn from their wisdom and expertise, because soon you will be the leader in your field.”

Kelly James, Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision, 2011 Licensed Professional Counselor, Professor, Author & Radio Host

“I realized this is a place where I could grow and really be empowered in my future.”

Bethany Eisenhart, Psy.D., 2018 Clinical Psychology

“I'm grateful for my Regent mentors. Their emphasis on relationships and guidance has helped me navigate a challenging yet rewarding journey.”

Alexandra Melchiorre, M.S. in Psychology, 2018 Registered Behavioral Technician