Clinical Mental Health Counseling Goes Online at Hodges University

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Students interested in pursuing an online master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) will now have the option starting January 2017 at Hodges University.

“Providing the same level of education and learning, the online program will allow a greater level of access for students who are unable to attend classes on campus,” said Dr. Amber Pope, clinical mental health counseling program chair at Hodges University.

Students who enroll in the online CMHC program will adhere to the same course requirements as those enrolled in the current CMHC program, which is offered in a hybrid format with traditional, on-campus meetings, as well as online instruction. All core and elective classes will contain at least three synchronous sessions lasting two and a half hours each. Students will also be required to complete four residencies throughout the program. Each will occur over the course of a Friday-Sunday weekend and will require students to attend the residencies on campus.

“It is our goal to provide a student-focused experience in an online program taught primarily by core-faculty with extensive professional and academic experiences. We want our online students to develop an in-depth understanding of counseling practice and theory, as well as be able to demonstrate high competency in counseling skills and interventions,” said Dr. Ali Wolf, CMHC professor.

In addition to the online program, CMHC faculty are currently researching and developing educational strategies to provide enhanced training to students who are bilingual and aspire to practice bilingual therapy. Dr. Tom Hofmann, applied psychology program chair and CMHC professor, stated, “We emphasize the advantages of overall diversity, and we understand the challenges of building counseling fluency in more than one language.”

Located in Hodges’ Nichols School of Professional Studies, the CMHC program is accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). As of September 2016, Pope stated, “Since the program’s inception in 2011, 44 students have graduated from the program and more than 90 percent of our alumni, who were seeking employment as counselors, have acquired full- or part-time employment in a counseling-related area.”

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