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Nick Jackson, PhD
Department Chair
135 Martin Hall, Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.6227
fax: 509.359.4366

Master of Science in Counselor Education - Mental Health Counseling (MS)

The Master of Science in Counselor Education: Mental Health Counseling emphasis is designed for students wishing preparation as counselors or therapists in settings such as: mental health centers, hospitals, residential treatment centers, employment services and vocational rehabilitation services. Mental health counselors are also frequently found in the juvenile correction facilities, community colleges, pastoral services and in business and industry.

Counseling Education Program Mission Statement

The Counselor Education Program at Eastern Washington University is committed to the selection, training, supervision, and professional success of counseling students, in keeping with the high standards established by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  As a regional teaching university, EWU has a proud history of providing education to a high percentage of first generation college students, often from under-represented and lower socioeconomic communities, a tradition which the Counselor Education program maintains.  Thus, counselor training occurs in a learning community that is intentionally focused on both skills development and personal growth of the counselor-in-training.  In this way, Counselor Education fulfills its purpose of preparing competent and caring professional counselors to meet the needs of diverse urban and rural communities.

The program is both extensive and comprehensive.  It is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and fulfills Washington State academic requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor.  In addition, graduates complete the National Board of Certified Counselor Exam and are eligible for National Counselor Certification.

Frequently Asked Questions to the program can be found here.

Program Outcomes



Number of Graduates

Completion Rate* NCE Pass Rate** Placement Rate***
2013 12 80% 92% 83.3%


8 88% 100% 100%
2015 7 100% 100% 100%
2016 10 91% 100% 80%

Approximately 40 students are enrolled in the program with an estimated 85% graduation rate during the 2012-2013. Average completion rate is typically higher and ranges between 85% and 100%. The Program accepts a variable number of students each year, but is typically 24-30 with 50% in each emphasis.  Eighty percent of accepted students graduate in the expected time period, two years for full-time students.  Courses accommodate only full-time students. 

*Percent of students who graduated within the expected timeframe
**for students seeking job placement
***National Counselor Exam or the WA state licensure exam

The Counselor Education Core faculty members are:
Keely Hope

Rebecca Rudd

Karrie Swan

What will I study?

Classes and experiences are organized around four objectives: 1) a thorough preparation in foundation skills and principles; 2) a functional mastery of techniques in various therapy modes; e.g., cognitive, affective, behavioral; 3) coverage of principles, issues and trends in the psychology of counseling; and 4) self-awareness, as it relates to the counseling process. Practical application is stressed. Students are provided early and continuous skill practice with personalized feedback and coaching. Continuous opportunities for expanding awareness of the self of the counselor will be provided.

Mental Health Counseling Course Requirements and Credit Hours
PSYC 506 Counseling Development and Transition Across the Lifespan (4)
PSYC 520 Tactics of Psychological Research (4)
PSYC 535 Introduction to Mental Health Counseling (4)
PSYC 539 Special Topics (1)
PSYC 542 Career Counseling (4)
PSYC 544 Counseling Theory and Techniques (4)
PSYC 545 Appraisal in Mental Health Counseling (4)
PSYC 548 Counseling Children and Adolescents (4)
PSYC 569 Family Systems and Parent Education (4)
PSYC 575 DSM Treatment Issues for Counselors (4)
PSYC 576 Professional Issues in Mental Health Counseling (3)
PSYC 580 Consultation in the Counseling Profession (2)
PSYC 583 Group Experience (1)
PSYC 584 Group Theory (2)
PSYC 585 Group Process in Counseling (2)
PSYC 587 Addictive Behavior Counseling (4)
PSYC 588 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Counseling (4)
PSYC 590 Diversity Counseling (3)
PSYC 602 Professional Portfolio  (3)
PSYC 694 Practicum (12) - PrePracticum (4) & Practicum (8)
PSYC 697 Internship (20)

Successful completion of both a written comprehensive examination of conceptual attainments and an oral interview of practical applications is required for graduation.

Minimum total credits for above master's degree 93 credits

Graduate Application Instructions for this program here.

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