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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

36 months
18424 USD/year
18424 USD/year
8926 USD/year
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The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program of University of Wisconsin - Whitewater meets the curriculum requirements for Professional Counselor Licensure in the state of Wisconsin and for the National Board of Counselor Certification.


The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program of University of Wisconsin - Whitewater encompasses a broad range of interests. Students who select this emphasis plan to work in such diverse settings as community mental health centers, inpatient facilities, vocational or employment counseling agencies, family service agencies, correctional institutions, business and industry, or social service agencies.

Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling

Students with an interest in counseling clients with alcohol and/or other drugs related issues may receive training in the chemical dependency process and its impact on individual, family, and society. Course work focuses on developing effective counseling strategies and techniques for working with chemically dependent clients and their families.

Career Counseling

Students interested in this area take courses in career counseling to prepare them to work in community and technical colleges, private and public universities, career centers, employment agencies, organizations and industries as human resource specialists, and other positions that have career and placement counseling as their primary emphasis. Services provided by career counselors may include career counseling and job search strategies, aptitude and interest testing, providing occupational information, as well as providing brief holistic counseling when necessary. Career counselors work with a variety of clientele including job seekers, the chronically unemployed, the underemployed, mid-life career changers, re-entry workers, displaced homemakers, and others.

Higher Education Counseling

Students interested in the Higher Education emphasis may elect to pursue this emphasis within the CMHC coursework. This option will provide course work and experiences for those who plan to seek employment in post-secondary settings such as community colleges, technical colleges, community colleges and center systems, public and private colleges, and universities. In addition this will allow individuals to fulfill requirements for Professional Counselor licensure in the state of Wisconsin.

Marriage/Partnership and Family Counseling

Students interested in marriage/partnership and family therapy will receive specific training and experience in this elective. The need and demand for trained professionals in marriage and family therapy has been steadily increasing. The marriage/partnership and family elective employs a systems approach to treatment, and offers courses designed to help students understand the methods, practices, and theories of marriage and family therapy. The program adheres to professional and ethical standards outlined by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

School Counseling

Students seeking a career in the school-related field, can choose to take elective credits in school counseling.  By completing coursework specific to school counseling, students will gain further knowledge about how to become an advocate for students, use the ASCA National Model , work within an educational system, and understand the importance of incorporating all ecological levels of the child.

Trauma Counseling

Students interested in trauma can choose to take elective credits in this area. By completing the coursework for the trauma elective, students will gain a better understanding of the neurobiological aspects of trauma as well as the impacts of trauma and abuse on individuals and families. Students will also gain skills for working with those who are in crisis or have experienced trauma.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Counseling and the Chemical Dependency Process
  • Treatment of Mental Health Disorders
  • Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • College Student Development: Theory, Assessment and Application
  • Advanced Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling
  • Families: Assessment and Treatment of Abusive Behavior

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

A baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution.

At least a 3.00 1overall grade point average in all the graduate work previously completed at UW-Whitewater, with no grades of I or IP pending.

One of the following:

  • At least a 2.75 overall grade point average in the undergraduate degree program.
  • At least a 2.90 grade point average in the last half of the undergraduate degree program.
  • A master's degree or higher from an institution regionally accredited at the corresponding graduate level.
  • At least 12 credits of graduate work completed on a regular grade basis at UW-Whitewater.

Any additional requirements set by individual departments or colleges for admission to specific degree programs.

Official Transcript(s).

Submit $56 Graduate Application Fee.

Certification of Finances Form.

Evidence of English proficiency.

Passport Copy.

One letter of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18424 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9212 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    18424 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9212 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • In-State

    8926 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4463 USD per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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