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Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Department of Counseling Receives Prestigious Award
Marymount’s Department of Counseling is one of only three institutions nationwide to be recognized with the 2011 National Board for Certified Counselors Professional Identity Award... READ MORE ABOUT IT

Successful performance as an ethical, professional, and caring counselor requires that you integrate theoretical and research-based knowledge with therapeutic skills and personal care, and Marymount’s program is designed to help guide you in this development. Marymount’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program will prepare you to function as an effective counselor in a wide variety of settings.
The Washington metropolitan area offers rich opportunities for clinical field experiences with a variety of human service agencies.
Last year, there were 45 graduates of Marymount University’s Counseling programs; Clinical Mental Health Counseling (29), School Counseling (13), and Pastoral Counseling (3). Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on licensing examinations. The pass rate for all of our graduates taking the NCE examination in 2013 was 98% (98% CMHC; 95% SC; 100% PC). Of the admitted students, 67% from CMHC; 87% from SC; and 71% from PC graduate from their programs in the expected time period and 83% (CMHC); 100% (SC); and 100% (PC) of program graduates responding to surveys have confirmed employment.

Approximately 130 students are enrolled in the program and the Department accepts a maximum of 45 students each year. This number varies depending on the total number of graduates in the year preceding the admission year and ratio of part time and full time student status.  Courses accommodate both part-time and full-time students.  
CACREP Accredited
This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). (The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by CACREP as a Community Counseling program.) By providing students with the knowledge and skills recognized as important for counselors as outlined by CACREP and the Board of Professional Counselors of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the program seeks to prepare graduates for success in the clinical, consultative, and supervisory tasks they will encounter as future licensed professional counselors.

Contact Information

Counseling Department
Marymount University
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Questions? Call:
(800) 548-7638 or (703) 284-5901

E-mail: grad.admissions@marymount.edu

Faculty Spotlight

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                      Photo Of Lisa Jackson-Cherry
Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry
Chair, Department of Counseling; Program Director; Professor of Psychology

Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry works with children and families on the Eastern Shore and provides group counseling during National Police Week for children who lost a parent in the line of duty.