Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Concentration Coordinator

Dr. Eraina Schauss, Ph.D.
Patterson Hall 123C


Full-Time Program Plan

The Masters level Clinical Mental Health (CMH) Counseling program at The University of Memphis is designed to prepare diverse, knowledgeable and skilled counseling professionals to work in a variety of settings including:

  • Private practice
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Hospital-based treatment programs
  • Community-based correction programs
  • Veteran's Administration medical centers
  • Educational settings (high school and college/university)
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Community non-profit organizations

The program is approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Our Masters of Science degree (M.S.) is designed so that upon completion of the program, students will have met Tennessee's Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) educational requirements as well as the State's Mental Health Service Provider (MHSP)educational requirements.

The mission of the CMH Counseling program faculty is to prepare counselors who
will ethically promote the emotional well-being of :

  • Individuals (childhood through adulthood)
  • Families
  • Diverse client populations located in urban, rural and international settings.

Individuals admitted into the program learn in a dynamic, experiential environment which affords students opportunities to achieve academic, professional, and personal success

The program requires completion of a minimum of sixty (60) graduate hours of academic coursework, and includes the successful completion of a practicum (3 graduate hours/150 clock hours) a clinical internship (9 graduate hours/600 clock hours) and successfully passing a written comprehensive examination. Clinical mental health courses are held both in the daytime and evenings, as many students work part-time or full-time while pursuing their degree.


Clinical Mental Health Counseling Certificate

The University of Memphis's Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is intended for individuals who are currently pursuing a Master's degree in School Counseling at the University of Memphis or have obtained a Master's degree in School Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, or College Counseling from a CACREP/ CORE program.  The certificate will allow students to complete Tennessee's Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) educational requirements as well as the State's Mental Health Service Provider (MHSP) educational requirements.

     Who should apply?

  • School Counselors, Rehabilitation Counselors, and College Counselors who have graduated from a CACREP/ CORE program
  • The University of Memphis's School Counseling students interested in Clinical Mental Health Counseling designation.

Click here for Graduate Certificate Program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Application


In an ongoing effort to maintain excellence, please take a few moments to peruse the most recent (2009 CACREP Standards) CACREP On-site Visiting Team report related to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.


  • Pamela Cogdal, Ph.D. HSP, Associate Clinical Professor (Director of Counseling Programs)
  • Eraina Schauss, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP, NCC, Assistant Professor (Coordinator of Clinical Mental Health Program)
  • Leigh Falls Holman, PhD, LPC-MHSP, RPTS, NCC, LSC, AMHCA Diplomat and CMHC, Assistant Professor.
  • Patrick Murphy, Ph.D., NCC, LPC-MHSP, Assistant Professor

Program Deadlines

  • Fall Semester Application Deadline: March 1
  • Spring Semester Application Deadline: October 1

You must apply and be admitted as a graduate student in the College of Education as well as the CMH Counseling program. See the Graduate Policies and Regulations and the Graduate Admission page.

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