Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type

Empirical Research Article


survey, training needs, correctional mental health, clinical mental health counselors

Subject Area

Counselor Education, Mental Health Counseling


As the mental health treatment needs of adults and adolescents within the criminal justice system has garnered increasing attention, the training of mental health professionals has increasingly focused on serving individuals in forensic and correctional settings. We surveyed 55 clinical directors of mental health programs in forensic and correctional settings in a New England state. Respondents reported that Clinical Mental Health Counselors (CMHCs) broadly participated in assessment, treatment and supervision within these programs. Counseling experience emerged as the most important knowledge/experience domain for prospective job applicants and CMHCs were rated as providing a large share of the treatment within these settings. Implication for the education and training of CMHC students are reviewed and discussed.



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