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graduate program Clinical Mental Health Counseling


The new start term for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is Summer! This is an on-campus learning experience. Please submit your application by November to be a part of the Summer 2019 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.

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

Opportunity for Dual-Enrollment

The Department of Education Policy Studies and CPS offers a dual Educational Research/ Mental Health Counseling M.S. degree.  The program combines educational research and clinical mental health counseling.

You'll gain educational research expertise to use in your work setting.  You'll also learn how to combine research with clinical mental health counseling.  This program increases your opportunities, whether you work in academia or an applied setting.

Learn more about the individual programs for clinical mental health counseling and educational research.  You will need to apply to both programs in order to be eligible for dual-enrollment.

Course description and classes

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  • application requirements
  • how to apply

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