Attain Fulfillment by Helping Others
Learn to address the personal and environmental struggles of others while also accentuating your unique and inherent personal qualities for empowering change, creating fulfilling relationships, and leading a meaningful life.
Tailored to the adult learner, the master’s degree program provides a structure and set of experiences to help students develop the intellectual and relational capacities needed to understand and work with others in the professional practice of counseling, empowering diverse individuals, families, and groups.
The curriculum represents the highest standards of professional ethics, theoretical integration, clinical skills, and multicultural and social justice counseling competencies. It’s student-centered learning and competency-based instruction at its best.
In addition, we offer the opportunity to specialize in one of two cutting edge fields: Art Therapy and Drama Therapy.
- Accredited by the Council of Accreditation for Counseling Related Education Programs (CACREP)
- Exceeds the educational requirements for state licensure in Mental Health Counseling (LMHC)
- Provides graduate-level understanding of fundamental theoretical models of human behavior within the counseling field
- Fosters the ability to make use of research literature and other sources of relevant knowledge, as an integral part of the ongoing responsible practice of counseling
- Emphasizes skills in building relationships including the development and deepening of self-awareness, empathy, ethical awareness, social responsibility, and respect for human diversity
- Facilitates graduate-level mastery of counseling skills including an ability to apply one’s knowledge and relationship- building skills to the counseling situation, to think critically about human behavior and the counseling relationship, and to integrate theory with practice in ways which facilitate ethical and effective practice as a counselor
- Offers knowledge of professional development issues, professional organizations and state requirements for practice as a clinical mental health counselor.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program graduates roughly 32 students per academic year, and based on recent alumni data, 87% of graduates will obtain counseling related employment within 6 months. A brief Alumni Snapshot is below:
- 91% licensed as mental health counselors
- 79% completed postmaster requirements in less than 2 yrs.
- 60% work in nonprofit organizations
- 84% report job satisfaction
- 73% have salaries between $44-74,000
Graduates of the Master of Arts in Counseling degree program explore many professional options upon graduation. They seek positions in community agencies, hospitals, mental health clinics and private practices as well as teaching at community colleges, or engaged in consulting and research.