Master's in Counseling Programs available in the domestic U.S. outside of St. Louis & South Carolina
While the Counseling Program at Webster University is designed primarily to fulfill the licensing requirements for Missouri, South Carolina and North Carolina, the inbuilt option of electives makes it easily adaptable to meet licensure requirements form almost all 50 states. The program consists of 42 credits of core coursework and an additional 9 credits of clinical coursework (3 credits for Practicum and 6 credits of Internship). Students may use the remaining 9 credits to take electives of their choice based on the elective course rotation as well as their own interests. These elective courses can be used to satisfy individual state requirements for licensure, including additional terms of Internship to satisfy individual state requirements.
Our professional counseling graduate degree program is divided into the following areas of emphasis with unique course requirements for each.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offered at many of our campus locations in the United States. This is the primary emphasis pursued by our students and is designed for persons wanting to practice all types of counseling. In addition to the basic learning outcomes of the MA in Counseling, the core learning outcomes of this emphasis include:
- Apply ethical and legal standards as well as knowledge of public mental health policy, financing and regulatory processes to mental health counseling.
- Implement mental health counseling principles and practices associated with education, prevention, consultation and intervention.
- Describe how living in a multicultural society impacts clients and apply effective advocacy strategies to enhance mental health services.
- Employ various assessment techniques associated with professional mental health counseling to appropriately intervene in meeting the needs of diverse clients.
- Apply evidence-based research literature associated with professional mental health counseling to meet the needs of clients living in a diverse society.
- Implement diagnostic tools appropriate for mental health counseling professionals to diagnose disorders in diverse clients.
School Counseling Specialization for Grades K-12
School Counseling Specialization for Grades K-12 provides specialized training for individuals wishing to work as mental health professionals in the school system. Upon completion of the degree, students will be eligible to apply for school counselor certification at both the K-8 level and the 7-12 level based on the level at which they complete their field experience. Non-teacher candidates may require additional coursework based on the regulations of their state.
- Utilize skills and knowledge of student development and behavior to promote the mental health and well-being of all students by facilitating their academic, career and personal/social development.
- Collaborate with school and community members to plan, design, implement, evaluate and enhance the school and district-wide school counseling program to advance the academic, career and personal/social development of all students.
- Develop collaborative professional relationships throughout the school and community which support the school counseling program as well as the overall mission and improvement plans of the school and district.
- Serve as a change agent, demonstrating leadership, vision, collaboration and advocacy for the on-going development of self, students, the school counseling program and the school district.
Couples, Marriage, Family & Child Counseling
This program provides instruction in core counseling with additional coursework in working with couples, families, and children. This emphasis is for persons wishing to work primarily with families. It is a specialty form of counseling and typically requires a longer path toward licensure. In addition to the basic learning outcomes of the MA in Counseling, the core learning outcomes of this emphasis include:
- Apply ethical and legal standards in marriage, couple and family counseling.
- Identify and apply preventive, developmental and wellness approaches in working with individuals, couples and families from multicultural and diverse backgrounds.
- Describe how living in a multicultural society impacts clients and apply effective advocacy strategies as related to the work of couples, marriage, family and child counselor.
- Employ various assessment techniques associated with couples, marriage, family and child counseling to appropriately intervene in meeting the needs of diverse clients.
- Apply evidence-based research literature associated with couples, marriage, family and child counseling to meet the needs of clients living in a diverse society.
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