What You'll Learn
Our fully online 60-credit M.S. in Mental Health Counseling provides high-quality training utilizing the most recent standards of best practice that will prepare you to successfully meet the challenges, priorities, and needs of a 21st-century mental health population.
Our unique cross-disciplinary approach includes an extensive 700-hour practicum and internship experience, as well as the opportunity to work alongside expert faculty on research with broad applications to benefit the profession and the world at large. Become a skilled clinician whose practice ethic reflects a deep commitment to social justice, cultural sensitivity, and technological awareness to the ever-changing human services landscape.
You'll learn how to:
- Initiate, conduct, and evaluate clinical assessments, research, and outreach interventions.
- Diagnose and develop a treatment plan for a client based on the client’s diagnosis and theoretical models.
- Use appropriate counseling techniques to engage the client in the interviewing process, build and maintain rapport, and establish a therapeutic alliance.
- Recognize and mitigate the impact of crisis and trauma on individuals with mental health diagnoses.
- Develop the understanding of cultural factors relevant to mental health counseling and learn how to serve a complex and diverse population.
- Advocate for clients who need specialized mental health assistance and support and apply a social justice agenda to eliminate inequities in policies and practices.
Licensed mental health counselors work in a variety of settings including:
- Mental health clinics and community health centers
- Private practices
- Social service agencies
- College counseling offices
- PreK–12 schools