Clinical Mental Health Counseling Goes Online at Hodges University
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.”