Courses & Requirements

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Nature-Based Transpersonal Counseling Concentration

The Nature-Based Transpersonal Counseling concentration (a 66-credit, three-year program) synthesizes clinical and theoretical course work in counseling, transpersonal psychology, contemplative practice, adventure therapy, and ecopsychology. The first year, students study the theoretical foundations of counseling and transpersonal psychology, wilderness therapy, counseling skills, and diversity awareness. Second-year classes are woven through a series of intensives, primarily in outdoor and wilderness settings, integrating therapeutic practice with environmental awareness and outdoor skills. In the third year, students complete an internship and a capstone project. Support for the internship year comes via classes that are partially online and partially residential. Students can expect to return to campus twice a semester in their third year of study. Courses that combine online work and an on-campus intensive each semester support the internship experience and the completion of the capstone project.

Degree Requirements*

*Pending final approval by the Higher Learning Commission. Course offerings and sequencing are subject to change.

Semester 1 (Fall, Year 1)

  • CNSN 610, Nature Based Counseling I: Foundations (1)
  • CMHC 600, Foundations and Orientation of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • CMHC 602, Human Growth and Development (3)
  • CMHC 606, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Counseling (3)
  • CNST 622, Psychology of Meditation (2)

Credits 12

Semester 2 (Spring, Year 1)

  • CNSN 612, Nature Based Counseling II: Theory in Practice (2)
  • CMHC 603, Counseling and Helping Relationships I (3)
  • CMHC 601, Social/Multicultural Foundations (3)
  • CMHC 605, Group Counseling (3)
  • CNST 721, Cultivating Mindful Presence (2)

Credits 13

Semester 3 (Fall, Year 2)

  • CMHC 604, Counseling and Helping Relationships II (3)
  • CMHC 608, Assessment (3)
  • CNSN 621, Person/Plants/Land: Horticulture in Counseling (1)
  • CNSN 620, Nature Based Counseling III: Connection & Disconnection (1)
  • CNSN 622, Family Systems (3)

Credits 11

Semester 4 (Spring, Year 2)

  • CMHC 620, Counseling Practicum (3)
  • CMHC 607, Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (3)
  • CNSN 630, Nature-Based Facilitation (2)
  • CNSN 626, Transitions Through the Lifespan (2)

Credits 10

Semester 5 (Summer, Year 2)

  • CMHC 610, Career Development (3)
  • CMHC 621, Initial Internship (2)
  • CNSN 631, Contemplative Perspectives & Practice (1)

Credits 6

Semester 6 (Fall, Year 3)

  • CMHC 622, Internship I (3)
  • CMHC 615, Capstone I  (1)
  • CNSN 632, Crisis, Trauma & Disaster Counseling (3)

Credits 7

  • CMHC 623, Winter Intercession Internship (opt) (0)

Semester 7 (Spring, Year 3)

  • CMHC 624, Internship II (3)
  • CMHC 616, Capstone II (1)
  • CMHC 609, Research & Program Evaluation (3)

Credits 7

Total Credits: 66

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This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.

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