graduate program Mental Health Counseling M.S.

The M.S. degree in Mental Health Counseling prepares those who want to work with clients individually, with couples, and in groups on emotional, personal, social, educational and vocational challenges. This dynamic program gives students a comprehensive understanding of professional and ethical practices, social and cultural diversity, social justice and advocacy, human growth and development, career development, assessment and research and program evaluation.

The program includes a nine month practicum-internship experience, during which students have the opportunity both to work with clients in community settings and to collaborate and consult with other mental health professionals. Students also have the opportunity to participate in psychological assessment programs and to conduct research that focuses on a wellness model of health.

Graduates of this program are employed in mental health agencies, family counseling centers, private practices, corporate human resource positions, correctional settings, and many others that require expertise in human development and counseling skills. The program is accredited as a clinical mental health counseling program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and meets the educational requirements for professional licensure as a counselor in Georgia.

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Course description and classes

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Students are exposed to a wide range of therapeutic models and counseling styles. Graduates of this program are found working in mental health agencies, correctional settings, family counseling centers, business and personnel positions, private practice, and many other settings. The Mental Health Counseling program is fully accredited by CACREP through 2019
At completion of the program, the counselor is prepared to: Work individually with clients on educational, vocational, social, emotional, or personal problems, consult with other professionals and administrators concerning the client’s developmental needs, participate in psychological assessment programs, including the interpretation of test results, provide information and understanding to clients in the areas of educational, social, or vocational planning, and conduct and facilitate local research efforts.