Department Info

We are pleased you are interested in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department at Emory & Henry!

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (CMHC) and the Master of Science in Addiction Counseling Program are both offered online with 3 total weeks of residency required on the Marion, Virginia campus. The CMHC program is a 60-credit, 24-month program, consisting of six consecutive semesters.

Are you ready to become a professional counselor? Learn about building effective therapeutic relationships, treatment planning, evidence-based practices, case conceptualization, and best practice guidelines. Learn theories and techniques for counseling individuals, couples and families while successfully navigating mental healthcare treatment systems.

A group counseling room located in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling lab.

Mary June Wall Scholarship for Clinical Mental Health and Addiction Counseling

Mary June Wall was a professor at what is now known as James Madison University. Her brother, David Byer Wall, experienced mental illness and was the primary inspiration for her charitable donations. He lived in a group home near Emory & Henry and died at the age of 71 on September 11, 2000.

This scholarship, designed to support the education and training of mental health counselors, is awarded in his honor. It is funded annually in the amount of $5,000.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is July 1 each year.

Materials should be submitted to Dr. Stephanie Rutledge (

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, the following criteria must be met:

1). The applicant must be an incoming accepted student in the Master’s program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

2). The applicant must have demonstrated financial need.

3). The applicant must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2.

4). The applicant must submit the name and contact information for 3 professional references that may be contacted by the scholarship committee.

5). The applicant must submit a 2-3 page essay addressing the following points: the reasons that they want to become a clinical mental health counselor, what population(s) they are most interested in working with, what can be done to address the stigma that exists around seeking treatment for mental health concerns, and how this scholarship would make a difference in their access to education.

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