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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mental Health Counseling

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CSP: Mental Health Counseling

The Mental Health Counseling Program prepares individuals through coursework and supervised experience to serve in a variety of clinical settings: mental health centers, family counseling, and community agencies; consultation in business and industry settings; career counseling settings; and private practice. Professional preparation includes counseling theories and skills, specialized skills with individuals, groups, and families, assessment and treatment planning, counseling through the life span (children, adolescents, adults, and senior adults), social and cultural factors in counseling, use of technology in counseling, research methods, and supervised clinical experience.

Graduates with the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling take coursework and practicum and internship experiences needed for eligibility for taking the National Counselor Exam (NCE), the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) and the Examination of Clinical Counseling Practice (ECCP), exams used by a number of state counselor licensure boards across the United States as part of the licensing process for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). 

The Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) sets the standards for individuals who wish to be licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) for private or agency practice. Full information about LPC licensure can be found at the BBHT

Graduates also can be eligible to take the Examination in Marital and Family Therapy (EMFT), used by a number of states as part of the licensing process for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). For the most current information on licensing for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in Minnesota go to