The program handbooks below provide students with information about the faculty, curriculum, policies, and procedures of the University of Redlands’ Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. See below for specifics within the respective handbook.
Students admitted into the CMHC program, upon completing their first year of coursework, are required to perform practicum hours in a clinical setting across three semesters of at least 450 hours (280 hours must be face-to-face counseling). Practicum hours must be completed concurrently with the sequence of academic practicum courses. Students who are unable, for any reason, to complete the required practicum hours during the CMHC 699A, CMHC 699B, and CMHC 699C courses will need to enroll in additional practicum courses (CMHC 699D) until their required hours are complete.
The program hosts an annual Counseling Supervision Conference each January in order to provide students with the opportunity to meet supervisors and staff from many of the training sites we use. The 2022 Conference date is to be determined.
Students apply to the sites in which they are interested, recognizing that each site is likely to have its own application deadlines. It is advisable that students work with the designated Assistant Director of Academic Advising prior to applying so they can obtain help and feedback on their Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letters.
Students who pass the first review, based on their written materials, will usually be invited to the next step an interview.
The Office of Student Success will work with CMHC students (also known as counselor trainees) to help them locate, apply to, and interview for practicum sites that the program has approved. Once a counselor trainee has been selected for practicum at an approved site, the Office will help ensure that the counselor trainee and their site supervisor have completed the necessary paperwork before beginning practicum.
Upon confirmation of a 2021-22 practicum site, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) counselor trainees are responsible to review the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum Site Agreement, complete page 1, sign where indicated and submit the practicum agreement to the OSS by the stated deadline. The practicum agreement will be sent via HelloSign for review and e-signature by the Site Supervisor and Site Administrator.
CMHC counselor trainees who wish to extend an existing site (such as the Riverside Free Clinic) into the next academic year are also required to submit a practicum agreement by the stated deadline.
Practicum agreements submitted via the portal will be routed by the OSS to the site supervisor/administrator for electronic signature by Friday of the following week (e.g., if the counselor trainee's agreement is received the week of 8/2, it will be routed for electronic signature by 8/13; if received the week of 8/9, it will be routed for electronic signature by 8/20, etc.). The deadline to submit a practicum agreement for fall term is Friday, 9/3. Once the fully executed Practicum Site Agreement is received and approved by the OSS, the counselor trainee will be notified and may begin at the site.
Counselor trainees must concurrently enroll in a CMHC 699A/B/C practicum course each term during which they are conducting practicum hours. Enrollment in the practicum support course is dependent on the number of terms the counselor trainee has been in the field (699A = first term, 699B = second term, and 699C = third term). A CMHC 699D course is available for counselor trainees that extend beyond three terms of practicum.
Self-registration for Fall term opens Monday, 8/9. Counselor trainees are not to register for the CMHC 699A/B/C/D practicum course their site is confirmed (or, in the case of multiple sites at least one site must be confirmed). Counselor trainees who are currently in the field may earn hours between terms.
Counselor trainees are not to commence hours at the site, including orientation or training, without a fully executed agreement approved by the OSS.
It is the responsibility of each student to document their practicum hours and ensure their site supervisor will verify them. At the conclusion of their practicum, students should have the following documented which comply with California state requirements:
Practicum hours are documented via Time2Track. Counselor trainees work with the OSS to establish their Time2Track account. The annual cost for a Time2Track account is $99.00.
The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) is an exit examination required of all DCHS students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) and School Counseling (SC) programs at the University of Redlands. The purpose of the exam is to assess the student’s knowledge of counseling to ensure minimum competence in the field. The CPCE will also provide collective feedback that faculty can use in the DCHS programs in developing/adapting curriculum.
Given the nature of the examination, it is best to take the CPCE as close to graduation as possible. Students seeking a master's degree are eligible to take the CPCE beginning in their 5th term.
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, all on-campus CPCE testing dates at the University of Redlands remain canceled. Candidates who wish to take the CPCE exam may do so at a Pearson VUE Center, via the OnVUE web-based testing. Use this link for more information regarding the Web-based CPCE testing option.
Students must register for the 0-unit EDUC 699 CPCE course in the term in which they intend to test. The cost to test at a Pearson Vue Center or via the OnVUE web-based option is $150.00. Complete the Request Form for CPCE Exam Authorization to initiate the registration process for any exam format. No action is needed for DCHS counseling students who have already been authorized and do not wish to make changes to their testing format.
If you have any questions, contact OSS Assistant Director of Academic Success, Kristin Grammer.
*Note: the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) remains a program completion requirement for all DCHS counseling students. Candidates must pass the CPCE in order to be eligible for degree conferral from the University of Redlands and/or recommendation to the CTC for the PPS SC credential.
A graduate of the program can apply to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to become a licensed Associate Clinical Counselor Intern (APCCI). Interns can engage in the practice of professional clinical counseling in California under an approved clinical supervisor.
APCCIs, with appropriate supervised experience, can apply to the Board to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). An LPCC can engage in the independent practice of professional counseling in California. Prospective students are encouraged to become acquainted with the licensure requirements in the state in which they plan to practice.
For more information about becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, view the Board of Behavioral Sciences website: https://www.bbs.ca.gov/applicants/lpcc.html