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Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The BW Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has received approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE). An application for the new program has been submitted to and is pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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BW's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a full-time cohort program, allowing students to earn a degree in 24 months.

BW's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Program

The master’s in clinical mental health counseling prepares students to become licensed professional counselors (LPC), helping clients to improve their mental health and well-being.

While in the clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) program, students will develop the necessary skills to become ethical, competent and successful professional counselors. Our CMHC faculty are experienced counselors, which they infuse into their teaching to create meaningful, application-oriented learning experiences. Students will be equipped to develop the confidence, skills and knowledge to thrive as a mental health counselor.

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Why Choose BW’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program?

The clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) program offers in-person, hands-on experience and small class sizes, allowing students to work closely with our experienced faculty.

Accelerated Program

The CMHC is 24-month full-time cohort program.

Fixed Class Schedule

In-person classes are 1.5 days each week on BW's campus, so students can plan around a predictable course schedule.

In-Person, Hands-On Learning Experiences 

Counseling students learn best through small in-person classroom environments that are active, experiential and application-oriented. BW’s faculty prioritize being accessible to students and provide feedback and instruction to help students grow.

Faculty Who Are Practitioners

The CMHC faculty bring years of counseling experience from a variety of mental health settings into the classroom. Through role-play exercises, relevant clinical examples and experiential activities, students will discover how the topics they’re learning about in class will be applicable as a professional counselor.

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Stay Connected

Our emphasis on community engagement and alumni relations offers counseling students and alumni opportunities for support, career networking and professional opportunities.

Careers in Counseling

With increased advocacy, awareness and support for mental health services in recent years, there are many counseling career opportunities for graduates.

Upon graduation from the CMHC program and after obtaining the necessary licenses and certifications, a licensed professional counselor (LPC) can work with clients in a variety of settings, including:

  • Private Practice
  • Veterans Affairs
  • College Counseling Centers
  • College Admissions
  • Hospital Mental Health Settings
  • Community Mental Health Agencies
  • Non-Profit Agencies

CMHC Curriculum

Clinical mental health counseling courses are taught primarily in-person on BW’s campus in Berea 1.5 days per week.

Students will learn through a combination of small group discussions and activities, classroom role plays, working with clients, clinical examples and case studies, and lectures. The CMHC program is 60 credit hours through required and elective courses, as well as practicum and internship hours. 

Students must also pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) to graduate from the CMHC program. Students are expected to take this exam during Internship I.

Note: A degree plan is included under Important Student Documents that outlines the schedule of course offerings.

Tuition & Financial Aid Information

  • $785 per credit hour.
  •  The program is 60 credit hours.
  •  BW alumni who enroll in this program are eligible for the BW Graduate Alumni Award.

State-Funded Scholarship

BW’s clinical mental health counseling program has been awarded $230,000 through the State of Ohio’s Behavioral Health Workforce Expansion Program. Every student in the fall 2024 cohort will receive approximately $14,000 toward their tuition.


CMHC Faculty and Admission Contacts

BW’s CMHC faculty members are professional counselors who have earned their doctoral degrees from CACREP-accredited doctoral programs. Our faculty remain active in research and scholarship, as well as local, regional and national counseling organizations.

Faculty Contacts

Dr. Erin West, LPCC
Department Chair
Associate Professor
(440) 826-2166, 

Dr. Randy Moate, LPCC
CMHC Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
(440) 826-2166, 

Admission Contact

Kate Glaser
Director of Admission, Graduate and Professional Studies
(440) 826-8016, 

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