Key Initiative 7:
Counseling Master’s Degree

The MA in Counseling is designed to meet the need for qualified professional counselors who have individual and group counseling skills and also have knowledge of community resources and the expertise to help clients locate and avail themselves of those resources. Students will learn to empower clients to deal with personal, interpersonal, career, and mental health issues and help them attain a more satisfying lifestyle.

Graduates will be prepared to conduct clinical assessments, apply theory, and write treatment plans and will be adept at understanding the mental health system. Students will develop the skills necessary for effective advocacy, casework, and navigation of community resources and health and human services systems.

This Master’s in Counseling program is distinctive when considered with other counseling Master’s programs in that it bridges the gap from counseling to casework, developing in students the ability to assess, understand, and utilize community resources necessary to help clients solve or ameliorate problems.

The program will prepare graduates to work as professional counselors in inpatient behavioral health centers, treatment centers, mental health agencies, and private practice settings. There will be three alternate areas of concentration: addictions treatment, child and adolescent therapy, and individual and family therapy. Electives will be available in eating disorders, trauma, violence in the family, and geriatrics.

The Master’s program could also prepare the student to apply for the following certificates: National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC), and Clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).


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