Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
    
    Dec 06, 2021  
Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Substance Use Disorders


The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Substance Use Disorders is designed to unite biblical truth and clinical competence. Students learn how to draw from their ecological framework while advocating for an approach to substance use disorders counseling that attempts to balance theological beliefs regarding addiction with scientific knowledge and theories. Students will be trained to provide leadership in developing, evaluating, and implementing holistic models for substance use disorder treatment.

All coursework required to prepare for professional licensure in the state of Colorado, and in many other states, is included in the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum. The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, and by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Admission Requirements


Admission to the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Substance Use Disorders emphasis at Colorado Christian University is selective. Each applicant is carefully evaluated for his or her aptitude for graduate-level study, career goals, potential success in forming effective counseling relationships, and respect for cultural differences. Admission to the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is not guaranteed.

Applicants to the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Substance Use DIsorders emphasis will complete all admissions requirements before being considered by the Admission Committee. The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Admission Committee determines whether an applicant is accepted or denied admission.

After the first semester in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Substance Use DIsorders emphasis, students are formally assessed by the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling faculty and administrative team based on their academic work, basic counseling skills, and professional behavior. This evaluation process is performed to fulfill CACREP and professional gatekeeping responsibilities, and to ensure that each student has the capacity to develop the skills required for the field of counseling.

Counseling admission requirements:

  • A completed application for admission (including essay, transcripts, and fees).
  • Valid state-issued driver’s license or state-issued ID card or passport.
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • An official transcript showing a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 may be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester. CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first semester to continue in the program.
  • Official transcript(s) of completed graduate level counseling related credits completed at another institution.
  • A criminal background check through CastleBranch from every country the applicant has resided in the past 7 years. Applicants should consult with their enrollment counselor before placing their CastleBranch order.
  • A completed Candidacy Writing Sample per essay prompts.
  • Admission interview(s) and additional documentation and/or requests from the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Admission Committee, and/or designated program personnel.

Application Deadlines


On-site cohorts begin in August of each year while online cohorts begin in July of each year. Students who wish to begin classes before their cohort starts may take CSL 512  and CSL 515 .

It is recommended that applications are completed at least four weeks prior to the applicant’s anticipated start date. All required admission documents and background check results must be received by CCU before an admission interview will be scheduled. Applicants will be extended an interview invitation and are required to respond within three days to schedule the admission interview. A delayed response may result in a delayed start date if the applicant is accepted.

Application files will be evaluated in the order received. Applicants should complete the admission process as early as possible to allow adequate time to work with an advisor and finalize financial aid.

Transfer of Courses


In accordance with CCU’s Graduate Residency Policy, students transferring from a regionally accredited institution may transfer a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours of graduate credit. The remaining hours must be completed at CCU.

Transfer coursework must be equivalent to that offered at CCU and fulfill the CCU degree requirements for the counseling program. CCU will not accept the following courses, or their equivalents, for transfer to the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Substance Use Disorders program: 

  • CSL 504 Counseling Skills II
  • CSL 514 Counseling Practicum
  • CSL 581 Counseling Residency I
  • CSL 582 Counseling Residency II
  • CSL 653 Counseling Internship I
  • CSL 654 Counseling Internship II
  • CSL 674 Professional Orientation
  • CSL 681 Counseling Residency III

Format of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Substance Use Disorders Courses


The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Substance Use Disorders program is offered in an online format, and is designed to be completed within seven to nine semesters of intensive study in a lock-step sequence. The length of the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program cannot be accelerated, and will be longer for students who complete internship in more than two semesters, and/or step out of the prescribed sequence of classes.

All classes utilize the Blackboard learning platform. Due to the nature of counseling curriculum, some online courses will have a synchronous component, requiring students to be available for scheduled real-time videoconferencing with a small group and/or the professor and class. The program administration reserves the right to move students from one course section to another to provide equity in class size. Students must be able to meet attendance requirements. 

On-site classes are held in the late afternoon and evenings. In both face-to-face and online classes, students must be able to meet attendance requirements. Counseling on-site courses are taught in a blended format, with face-to-face time and online assignments. The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Substances Use Disorders electives, CSL 512  Theological Foundations for Counseling, and CSL 515  Spiritual Formation for Counseling are delivered exclusively online.  

The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Substance Use Disorders online program requires each student to attend a five-day on-campus residency held each summer of the program. Students will attend a total of three residencies during their matriculation in the counseling program. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for transportation, hotel, and food expenditures. There is a non-refundable residency fee to defray the cost of facilitating the residency experience, required resources, and materials.

Time Limitation


All work applied toward the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Substance Use Disorders degree must be completed within a six-year period from the date of enrollment. After the six-year period, any student who has not completed the requirements to graduate, and desires to complete the program, must complete a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. Continuing study is not guaranteed, and must be approved by the Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Students are required to adhere to the most current Academic Catalog, CAGS Student Handbook, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Handbook and Manuals, fees, and tuition rates.

Students who have not attended a class for a period of 365 days, and desire to reenter the program, are required to reapply and meet all standard application procedures. If accepted, the student will be admitted under the current catalog standards. Stepping out of the cohort may result in delayed completion of the student’s program.

Assessment Policy


Student performance is assessed throughout the counseling program. Assessments include evaluation by the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Substance Use Disorders faculty and administrative team and is based on academic work, foundational counseling skills, professional disposition, professional behavior, and compliance with state statutes and the American Counseling Association’s 2014 Code of Ethics. The evaluation process of informal and formal assessments fulfills the University’s regional accreditation and CACREP’s professional gatekeeping standards to ensure each student is adequately prepared for the counseling profession. If the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Substance Use Disorders program’s administration and/or faculty determine there is a need for formal remediation, the student is expected to fulfill the goals of the remediation plan to continue in the counseling program. If the student is unable to reach academic and professional practice expectations through remediation, the student may be dismissed from the program. If the student violates standards of student conduct as outlined in the CAGS Student Handbook, an ethical guideline or legal statute, the student may be dismissed immediately. In some situations, the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Substance use Disorders’ administration may bypass the remediation process and recommend immediate dismissal from the program.

Professional Licensure Disclosure


Colorado Christian University offers several academic programs which lead to professional licensure in the state of Colorado and, in some programs, prepare students for a national exam. All students should be aware that states vary in their educational and professional requirements depending on the profession. Some states require specific educational requirements, clinical requirements, accreditation requirements, or exam requirements. See professional licensure disclosures for details.

On-site Curriculum


The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Substance Use Disorders on-site degree requires completion of the following 68 hours:
Bible and Theology Core (4 hours)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Curriculum Core (41 hours)
Substance Use Disorders Emphasis Core (12 hours)
Practicum/Internship Core (9 hours)
Electives (2 hours)

Practicum/Internship Core (9 credit hours)


9 total internship and practicum credits required in a minimum of three semesters.

Online Curriculum


The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Substance Use Disorders Online degree requires completion of the following 68 hours:
Bible and Theology Core (4 hours)
Residency (4 hours)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Curriculum Core (39 hours)
Substance Use Disorders Emphasis Core (12 credit hours)
Practicum/Internship Core (9 hours)

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Substance Use Disorders


The faculty recommends students in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Substance Use DIsorders to the CCU Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of 68 semester hours and all Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Substance Use DIsorders requirements, including verification of Practicum (100 hours) and Internship (600 hours), completed in accordance with CACREP standards.
  2. A cumulative CCU grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 grade scale.
  3. A letter grade of B- or higher in all Clinical Mental Health Counseling Curriculum Core courses.
  4. A letter grade of B or higher in all Practicum/Internship Core courses. 
  5. A letter grade of C- or higher in all Electives courses (Bible and Theology courses).
  6. Receive a passing score on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE).
  7. Satisfactory completion of the specific courses required for the full degree within six years of Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program admission and enrollment.
  8. Recommendation from the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling faculty.
  9. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.