The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counselling (MSCMHC) offers a rigorous 24 month, 60-credit, degree program that provides the educational preparation for licensure in the state of New Hampshire. The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counselling program involves an intensive internship program, in which students are placed according to their talents and career ambitions, and mentored by the host organization, a New England College faculty member, and the Director of the Mental Health program.

New England College is proud of our strong history of partnering with mental health and counseling organizations. NEC serves as an educator of organization staff, an employer of adjunct faculty, and the program and organizations work together to benefit all parties in developing clinical internship placements.

Program Outcomes

As a result of participating in this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to be self-reflective and engaging in personal awareness and growth regarding their intra- and interpersonal processes;
  • Understand and incorporate an identity as a professional counselor;
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop helping relationships with diverse populations and demonstrate sensitivity and competency in skills in cultural diversity;
  • Understand and demonstrate developmentally appropriate individual counseling, group counseling, and systemic interventions;
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand concepts and skills relating to career interventions;
  • Evidence skills in effective written and oral communication, including those most utilized in the mental health counseling field;
  • Demonstrate technological competence to meet the needs of course work and employment in the field of counseling;
  • Understand and apply ethical reasoning and decision making to dilemmas faced by professional counselors, and demonstrate understanding of common legal issues within the field;
  • Show leadership and advocacy skills in supporting both individual and systemic change;
  • Understand and demonstrate appropriate assessment techniques, considering presenting problem, developmental, cognitive and cultural perspectives;
  • Identify contemporary issues in the human services field and their impact on clients, consumers, organizations, and human service providers;
  • Research and evaluate the effectiveness of counseling and systemic interventions and service programs;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research methods for clinicians including completing an active research project as a capstone;
  • Demonstrate acquired fund of knowledge and clinical skills through a successful internship placement of at min.700 hrs, with at least 300 of those hours requiring direct, clinical client activity.


‘New England College provided me with an excellent education because the faculty were from the community who had been doing the work. My degree from New England College has made a world of difference in my life’.

Kimberly A. Godfrey, LCMHC Genesis Behavioral Health

'Thanks to my preparation at NEC, I passed each licensing exam on the first try. The program at NEC was structured in such a way that I was able to maintain full-time employment, which was an essential factor in deciding which school to attend. Even today, my experiences at NEC inform what I do as a clinical mental health and addictions practitioner'.

– Amy Reynelli, LCMHC, MLADC MAPS Counseling Services

Program taught in:
  • English

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