Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)


Dr. Mary Adekson, Program Director, Counseling Program
Dr. Cynthia Greer, Associate Professor of Counseling
Dr. Luane Oprea, Associate Professor of Counseling
Dr. Deneen Robin, Director of Clinical Training


The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program requires a minimum of 60 credits and prepares students to take the examination that will allow them to become Licensed Professional Counselors (L.P.C.s). A L.P.C. is authorized to do work in schools, communities and private practices. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, and meets state certification requirements of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Learning experiences emphasize the integration of theoretical knowledge with professional practice in a supervised setting. Attention is given to understanding ethical, multicultural, socioeconomic, and developmental issues. Issues such as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Trauma-informed and Trauma-responsive will be presented in a multidisciplinary perspective with support of current research and interventions. Graduates from Trinity’s counseling degree programs are qualified to provide individual and group counseling; implement assessment and consultation services; and develop, direct, and evaluate comprehensive counseling services. The student’s program is planned in consultation with a faculty advisor; prior experiences and professional goals are considered.


Degree Requirements

Required Courses (51 credits)

EDCC 601 Orientation: Tools for Graduate School
COUN 510 Human Grwth & Dev Across Life
COUN 608 Research in Counseling
COUN 535 Introduction to Counseling
COUN 538 Career and Lifestyle Development
COUN 540 Principles and Theories of Counseling
COUN 544 Principles and Techniques of Assessment
COUN 547 Counseling and the Group Process
COUN 550 Multicultural Counseling
COUN 553 Alcohol and Substance Abuse
COUN 555 Counseling Children and Adolescents
COUN 557 Introduction to Family Therapy
COUN 560 Techniques of Counseling
COUN 561 Principles and Practices of School Counseling
COUN 570 Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling
COUN 604 Expressive Arts in Counseling
COUN 605 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues
COUN 606 Trauma & Crisis Intervention in Counseling

Field Experience (9 credits, 700 hours total)
COUN 631 Practicum in Counseling
COUN 640 Internship in Counseling I
COUN 642 Internship in Counseling II