The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is designed to prepare students
for entry level careers as clinical mental health counselors in the community, public
and non-profit human service agencies, inpatient, partial, outpatient and other treatment
environments, business and independent practice. Students who complete the program
are eligible to take the examination of the National Board for Certified Counselors
(NBCC). Students graduating from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are
well-qualified to be supervised and attain the License Professional Counselor - Mental
Health Services Provider designation in Tennessee. Students are trained to understand
human problems and difficulties (individual, family, and community) from a strength
based perspective. An emphasis is placed on understanding culturally diverse and vulnerable
populations. Graduates of the CMHC program also continue their education and gain
admission into doctoral programs nationwide.
The University of Memphis Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration is a nationally
recognized training program that offers a 60-semester hour, CORE (Council on Rehabilitation
Educations) accredited curriculum. The program is situated in an urban research university
that offers flexibility to both full-time and part-time students, offering many currently
working in the field an opportunity to upgrade their skills as well as academic and
professional standing. The primary goal of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
Program is to prepare graduates to become Licensed Professional Counselors in the
State of Tennessee (LPC-MHSP). Students are eligible to take the national Certified
Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam during the last semester of their course work.
Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) scholarships provide tuition and stipends
to selected students.
Rehabilitation Counseling prepares professional counselors to provide a full range
of rehabilitation counseling services to individuals with emotional, cognitive, physical,
and neurological impairments. Rehabilitation Counseling offers two concentrations,
a 48 credit rehabilitation counseling and a 60 credit clinical rehabilitation counseling
concentration. Both concentrations prepare individuals to work in a wide variety of
rehabilitation, counseling, and human service settings. Students in either concentration
are eligible to apply for a Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) scholarship.
Graduates are eligible for national certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
and to become Licensed Professional Counselors- Mental Health Services Providers (LPC-MHSP)
in Tennessee. Graduates of the 48 credit hour curriculum can begin their two- year
post-master's experience while they take the 12 additional credits required to become
licensed as an LPC-MHSP in Tennessee.
The School Counseling master's degree prepares students to assume roles as school
counselors in a variety of school settings. It is a comprehensive program that licenses
preK-12 school counselors. Graduates from this program have the course work and skills
to immediately operate effectively at any grade level they are assigned. While students
may choose to specialize in high school counseling with an emphasis in college placement,
they will also have the basic skills to conduct a classroom meeting with seventh graders
or use a puppet to open communication with a shy second grader. Students are eligible
for licensure as a school counselor upon graduation.
The Ed.D. doctoral program in Counseling is designed to prepare advanced professional
practitioners in counseling and counselor education with particular program emphases
on multicultural and urban settings. Entry into the program presumes a master's degree