Concordia University Chicago

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Concordia University Chicago prepares graduates with the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to address the wide variety of complex issues and empower diverse populations to promote optimal wellness and growth. Graduate students receive a high quality education emphasizing Christian beliefs through integrity, competency, and leadership skills. The program also recognizes, values, and instills the development of techniques, conduct, and self-reflection imperative to effectiveness as professionals within a diverse community and world. The program requires 60 semester hours.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program prepares candidates as qualified entry level counselors able to practice in a variety of contexts. These settings may include community agencies, residential settings, social service agencies, hospitals, religious organizations, and private practice. Candidates from the program exhibit high standards of professionalism while integrating theory, technique, and ethics into every aspect of their careers. The program requirements reflect current educational components of the Licensed Professional Counselor examination in the State of Illinois. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree also holds special and unique accreditation by the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).
The clinical mental health counseling program is designed to enable candidates to:
• Articulate and assume the professional and ethical role of a counselor.
• Discuss and demonstrate techniques of cross-cultural counseling and advocate on behalf of multicultural populations.
• Describe the role that human growth and development plays in counseling interventions and modify these interventions as appropriate.
• Explain theories of career development and implement career interventions.
• Define and utilize counseling skills and advanced counseling interventions.
• Articulate theories of group counseling and utilize leadership skills in facilitating various types of groups.
• Identify and utilize various types of counseling assessments.
• Describe and conduct methods of research and program evaluation.

Program is offered at the “Concordia University Chicago Campus in River Forest Illinois and at the University Center Campus in the town of Grayslake in Lake County Illinois”

Concordia University Chicago, 7400 W. Augusta Street, River Forest Ill. 60305
University Center of Lake County, 1200 University Center Dr., Grayslake Ill 60030

Interim Report Required

Institution Location

Counselor Education
7400 Augusta Street
River Forest IL, US
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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Campus Locations

River Forest and Grayslake Campuses: Hybrid On-Ground and Online Delivery Format

Program Degree


Program Contact

Dr. Daniel Bishop
  • Graduates of this program are considered CACREP graduates beginning January 15, 2012
  • Accreditation Start Date: July 15, 2013
  • Accreditation Expiration: March 31, 2022
  • Accreditation Status: 2 Year

Status Information

Additional information is required for the following policies and standards:

Standard 1.R – The institution needs to address the number of qualified faculty.

Standard 1.S – The institution needs to ensure that at least half of the course credit hours are taught by core faculty.

Standard 1.W – The institution needs to report on core faculty educational credentials.

Standard 1.X – The institution needs to address the core faculty identity and engagement requirements.

Standard 1.CC – The institution needs to address academic unit leader requirements.

Standard 2.B – The institution needs to address program objectives.

Standard 3.N – The institution needs to address faculty supervisor qualifications.

Standard 3.Q – The institution needs to address orientation, consultation, and professional development opportunities for site supervisors.

Standard 4.A – The institution needs to address the systematic evaluation plan.

Standard 4.B – The institution needs to address evaluation of program objectives.

Standard 4.C – The institution needs to report back on use of data in program evaluation.

Standard 4.F – The institution needs to address assessment of student learning.

The program was found to substantially meet the standards with some minor standard-related deficiencies for which the Board requires further information. The program is required to submit an Interim Report on the above listed standards for review by the CACREP Board prior to the accreditation expiration date.

Program History

The Community Counseling program was initially accredited in March 2001 and has maintained its accreditation. It became a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in July 2013.