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Welcome to SOU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

The SOU CMHC faculty strive to create an academic environment that supports students’ personal and professional growth because we believe that the personhood of the counselor is an essential foundation for the counseling relationship.

Our mission is to train competent, culturally aware, ethical counselors who will provide exceptional mental health services in both public and private settings to meet the needs of increasingly diverse communities.

The CMHC program is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Western Regional Graduate Program

The CMHC program is proud to be designated as a  Western Regional Graduate Program, helping our students afford the high cost of out-of-state tuition. Out-of-state students from the other 14 western states*  pay in-state graduate tuition. The CMHC program awards this financial aid to increase diversity and recognize academic excellence. To be considered for the WRGP resident tuition rate, submit a 300 word essay that addresses how you meet one or both of the selection criteria (diversity and/or academic excellence). You can apply to CMHC program directly by sending your essay (as an email attachment) to

*Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

Oregon Lottery Scholarship

Funds from the Oregon Lottery are available to our program to distribute as scholarships to incoming students. 

The criteria includes: ethnic and cultural diversity, financial need, and academic accomplishments. The selection committee will review the CMHC application, financial need as determined by the SOU financial aid office, and student identified ethnicity. Students interested in this award need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), available at the Financial Aid Office. Incoming students will be sent an invitation to apply for the Oregon Lottery Scholarship.

The SOU Financial Aid Office is available to help students with other funding questions.

Please use the links on the left of your screen to learn more about our program.

CMHC Program
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520