Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Department of CQMSE | SIU

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Department of CQMSE | SIU

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Welcome to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling webpage at SIU Carbondale! The master's degree in counseling in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track is a versatile degree designed to prepare you for a counseling career in the professional setting best suited to you. Our CACREP accredited program prepares graduates to be dynamic, multiculturally and clinically competent counselors capable of engaging in both individual and group counseling in a variety of professional settings such as community mental health agencies, hospice, adolescent treatment centers, children and adolescent residential treatment facilities, university career counseling centers, wellness centers, non-profit agencies, correctional facilities, employee assistance programs, and private practice. Graduates of our program may sit for the National Counseling Examination ( to become a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and may apply for licensure with the state of Illinois as a Licensed Profession Counselor (LPC). Supervised post-master's degree clinical experience is required for licensure as a Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois (LCPC). For additional licensure information, refer to

Most (although not all) courses are taught in the late afternoon and evenings. Upon graduation, students will have conducted and/or experienced three different group counseling milieus (training, task, and psychoeducational). Reflecting teams are used in practica and internship to enhance skill development.

If you would like additional information or specific question, email Dr. Kara Hurt-Avila at