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graduate program Clinical Mental Health Counseling

NEW APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 15

The new start term for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is Summer 2017! Please submit your application by November 15, 2016 to be a part of the Summer 2017 cohort. The program will no longer start in a Fall semester.

This degree prepares you to work with people as individuals, couples or in groups. Those groups may involve emotional, personal, social, educational and vocational challenges.

You will gain 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
  • program evaluation

You will also experience a nine-month practicum-internship. In this internship, you'll work with clients in community settings. You will collaborate and consult with other mental health professionals. You will also take part in psychological assessment programs. And you will conduct research that focuses on a wellness model of health.

Once you complete the program, you could get employed in the following capacity:

  • mental health agencies
  • family counseling centers
  • private practice
  • corporate human resource positions
  • correctional setting
  • and so many others that need your expertise in human development and counseling skills.

Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREp). This program meets the educational requirements for professional licensure as a counselor in Georgia.

Course description and classes

View the GSU Graduate Catalog 

Highlights of the Program

You will experience a wide range of therapeutic models and counseling styles. Our graduates have found careers in the following areas:

  • mental health agencies
  • correctional settings
  • family counseling centers
  • business and personnel positions
  • private practice
  • and many other settings

CACREP accredits the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program through 2019.

Counselor Preparation

When you finish the program, you'll be able to work clients with the following concerns:

  • educational
  • vocational
  • social
  • emotional
  • other personal programs

You'll also consult with professionals and administrators about the client's developmental needs.

You will take part in psychological assessment programs and help interpret test results.

You may provide information and understanding to clients for educational, social or vocational planning.

You might conduct and lead local research efforts.

Student Resources

Visit our graduate admissions page for more information on how to apply.