Psychology

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

NEW DEVELOPMENTS: 

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is now CACREP Accredited through October 31, 2015!

The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling employs a “cohort philosophy," developing student relationships that enhance both the joy and effectiveness of learning during and provide rich networking opportunities for the future. Emphasis is placed upon the development of professional and interpersonal skills. A faculty of skilled and caring counselor educators enhances student learning by integrating experience and research as they help students to understand and apply the art and science of helping people to grow and respond to challenges.

The program develops the knowledge, skills, and values that allow students to enter doctoral programs or seek professional licensure and employment in human services, education, business and industry, and government. The 60-credit curriculum assures that students are competent in the core areas of professional counseling: professional orientation and ethical practice, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, assessment, research and program evaluation. Students participate in at least three semester of field work, providing them hands-on experience and skilled guidance in the application of knowledge to professional service.

Students should be aware of the licensure requirements of the states in which they plan to practice upon completion of their training. Information regarding such requirements is available from the American Counseling Association (www.counseling.org) and licensing boards. Faculty members are happy to assist students in these matters. 

The program is predicated on the belief that an effective counselor must be a wholly integrated person, one who can understand and empathize with clients' experiences. Thus, self-reflection is included in much of the coursework as a necessary and required component. Students are expected to reflect on and share past and present personal experiences as part of the work of becoming a professional counselor. Confidentiality is strictly respected and progress is not based on disclosure of specific information. This philosophy allows for greater richness in the training experience than standard lecture or written materials that do not include the personality of the counselor-in-training. Professional courses are open to students only when formally admitted to the program.

Georgian Court students have performed extremely well on the nationally-normed Comprehensive Counselor Preparation Examination (CCPE); our students have a 96% pass rate at the first administration as compared to the national norm of 84%. Current and former students are extremely positive about their experience at Georgian Court. One student’s comments, “To leave this program with the necessary tools to succeed is the most fulfilling reward that I could ever ask from an education,” has been echoed by most graduates of the Clinical Mental Health program.

Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • 12 credits in psychology beyond an introductory level including Abnormal Psychology, Personality Theory, and either Statistics or Experimental Psychology (Research Methods), and at least one other psychology elective. Individuals maybe required to register for undergraduate course work as a condition of their acceptance.
  • Miller Analogy Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken in the last five years on Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic Writing

To apply, candidates must submit a complete, self-managed application packet, including:

  • Graduate Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • A complete statement of the factors that influenced applicant’s decision for entering graduate school and how this program will facilitate attainment of professional goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation written by college professors, deans, supervisors, or other persons engaged in or familiar with the profession.

Professional Counseling Certification

Gainful Employment Disclosure

This post-master's program is available to students who wish to pursue state certification as a licensed professional counselor. Applicants must have completed a master’s degree in counseling or a related field. Credit requirements are determined on an individual basis.

Certificate Programs Admissions Requirements:

  • Graduate Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • Interview may be required by program director

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