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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Overview

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a 60 semester hour program, prepares professional counselors to work in community agencies, educational settings, as well as private practice. Our faculty are committed to graduating students who have exemplary theory-based knowledge and skills in counseling and who have demonstrated aptitude in providing counseling and mental health services to people from diverse backgrounds.

Our master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is intended for students seeking licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in Texas. If you are interested in the program but have plans to leave the state, please speak with the program coordinator, Dr. Jeremy Berry, about your specific state’s licensing requirements. Many states follow similar requirements and transferring your license or license eligible degree is a possibility.

Individuals with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are well-positioned to seek employment in a variety of settings.

Career Opportunities

Pursuit of CACREP Accreditation 

The program's goal is to offer a degree that seeks to stay consistent with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards, as well as the academic and skill requirements of state licensing and national certification for counseling. The program is currently working toward applying for CACREP accreditation and our current degree plan is in line with CACREP standards. For more information, please see our CACREP FAQ page.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Texas A&M University-Central Texas Counseling Program is to prepare professional counselors grounded in multicultural competence to meet the diverse needs of individuals and families in Central Texas and beyond. Graduates from our Master’s in counseling program demonstrate the necessary counseling knowledge, skills, dispositions, professional identity and scholarship enabling them to enrich the quality of all peoples' lives as well as secure positions within the profession. The program emphasizes overall competency-based performance as well as the promotion of our students optimal state of health and wellness to foster continuous professional growth. 

Counseling Program Objectives

  1. Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates will develop strong professional identities as counselors. 
  2. Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates will establish helping relationships with diverse clients. 
  3. Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates will use research in the field and employ evidence-based practices in counseling interventions, assessments, and program evaluations. 
  4. Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates will use theories and models to guide their professional practice. 
  5. Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates will abide by relevant ethics, laws and standards of professional practice. 
  6. Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates will use leadership principles in their professional practice. 
  7. Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates will advocate for clients and for their profession. 
  8. Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates will incorporate the use of technology into their practice. 
  9. Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates will experience and understand counseling practices worldwide. 

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