Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Forensic Psychology

Marymount offers a Forensic Psychology option for students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Through this program, you have an opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology.

Marymount’s Forensic Psychology program balances traditional psychological knowledge and skills with a specialized understanding of the criminal justice and legal systems, while tapping into the rich resources of the nation’s capital. Coursework is interdisciplinary, combining study in sociology, criminal justice, and public policy, in addition to many subfields in psychology.

Admission Requirement: To be admitted to this program, students must first seek admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. After completion of 40 credit hours in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, the student may apply to be admitted to the Forensic Psychology program.

Clinical Experiences

In addition to the rigor of classroom learning, you will be required to complete two clinical experiences before you graduate from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program: the practicum and internship. The practicum is a one-semester, 180-hour on-site placement in which you develop basic counseling skills and integrate classroom knowledge into your counseling practice.

The internship is a two-semester, 600-hour placement in which you will grow professionally, expanding your clinical skills in both individual and group settings.

The practicum and internship are completed at a wide variety of agencies including private practice, outpatient treatment programs, intensive outpatient programs, residential treatment, inpatient hospital settings, crisis counseling, and community agencies. Some of these agencies have included

  • The Women’s Center
  • Community Residences
  • Green Door
  • Vanguard Services
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Kolmac Clinic


The goal of Marymount’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is to prepare you for a job as a counselor in a community agency. Marymount graduates have gone on to roles such as:

  • Counselors in substance abuse centers, hospitals, rehabilitation programs, and clinics
  • Crisis intervention counselors
  • Family, group, and individual counselors
  • Residential directors for shelters and homes for mentally handicapped children and adults
  • Counselors working with emotionally disturbed/learning disabled youth
  • Case managers
  • Vocational trainers and counselors
  • Employee assistance counselors
  • Private practice counselors

Some MU students go on to doctoral work, and Marymount's M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers an excellent foundation and preparation for advanced study.

Program Requirements

75 credits

  • CE 502 Foundations, Ethics, and Professional Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • CE 503 Advanced Human Growth and Development
  • CE 508 Crisis Intervention
  • CE 509 Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention
  • CE 510 Survey of Testing and Assessment
  • CE 520 Theories of Counseling
  • CE 522C Counseling for Individuals
  • CE 523C Group Counseling Techniques
  • CE 524 Theories and Techniques of Family Counseling
  • CE 530C Career Development Counseling
  • CE 536 Advanced Counseling: Theories and Techniques
  • CE 551 Multicultural Counseling
  • CE 597C Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • CE 599C Internship: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (6 credits)
  • PS 500 or CE 500 Research and Evaluation
  • PS 501 or CE 501 Bases of Psychopathology
  • PS 507 Social Psychology of Aggression
  • PS 517 Neuropsychological Issues, Treatments, and Assessments
  • PS 580 Foundations of Forensic Psychology
  • PS 581 Psychology and the Law
  • PS 582 Advanced Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • PS 584 Psychology of Criminal Behavior or SOC 507 Juvenile Justice
  • PS 585 Forensic Assessment
  • SOC 510 Theories of Social Deviance
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