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The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60-credit program that prepares students for counseling positions in community agencies, mental health agencies, hospitals, government facilities, institutions of higher education, industry and private practice. This program meets the academic requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and most other states. It also meets all educational requirements for certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and Board Certified Coach (BCC). Students may take two additional courses and a SAC practicum in a school to qualify for the Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC) CEAS. Master's students in their final year are provided with preparation for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) which is taken during their last semester at Rider.

All students in this area of study must complete 60-credits of coursework as well as 700 hours of fieldwork. Fieldwork must be completed at the end of the program over two semesters, at a minimum. Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program all take 33-credits of core coursework and 9-credits of fieldwork at the end of the program. They each also take 18 credits in one of three concentrations: Substance Abuse and Psychopathology, Dance/Movement Therapy, or Music Therapy.

Required Core Coursework (33 credits)

Code Course Title Credits
COUN 500 Introduction to Counseling and Helping Professions 3
CNPY 502 Theories of Counseling and Helping Professions 3
COUN 550 Counseling Technique Laboratory 3
COUN 503 Group Counseling 3
EDPS 503 Human Growth and Development 3
CNPY 514 Psychopathology 3
COUN 530 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling 3
COUN 520 Multicultural Counseling 3
COUN 505 Vocational/Career Development 3
EDPS 520 Measurements, Tests, and Assessments in Counseling 3
EDUC 500 Introduction to Research 3

Fieldwork (9 credits)

Code Course Title Credits
COUN 585 or CNMT 585 or CNDT 585 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum OR Counseling and Music Therapy Practicum OR Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy Practicum II 3
COUN 590 or CNMT 590 or CNDT 590 Internship in Counseling I OR Counseling and Music Therapy Internship I OR Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy Internship I 3
COUN 591 or CNMT 591 or CNDT 591 Internship in Counseling II OR Counseling and Music Therapy Internship II OR Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy Internship II 3

Concentration Coursework (18 credits)

Code Course Title Credits
  Substance Abuse and Psychopathology Concentration 18
  Music Therapy Concentration 18
  Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration 18