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Program Highlight: Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Published: 12/17/2020

Program Highlight: Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Program Highlight: Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Licensed Professional Counselors are graduate-level mental health service providers, who are trained to work with individuals, families and groups in treating mental, behavioral and emotional problems and disorders. The professional counseling practice includes diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional concerns, psychoeducational techniques aimed at prevention, and consultation to individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations. Counselors’ training providing counseling and therapy includes the etiology of mental illness and substance abuse and providing well-established treatments of cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and psychodynamic therapy. Counselors’ education and training are oriented toward the adoption of a client-centered, and not primarily illness-centered, approach to therapy (American Counseling Association, 2011). Employment of marriage and family therapists is projected to grow 22% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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Gannon University’s CACREP-accredited Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares individuals for careers in a variety of professional counseling settings including community mental health and human service agencies, college and university counseling centers, hospitals, correctional facilities, and residential treatment facilities. The three-year, 60-credit curriculum offers counselor training experiences – including 700 hours of clinical experience – that are designed to provide the clinical skills and knowledge necessary to become a professional counselor. The program has also initiated the development of a trauma-focused curriculum. There is a 4+2 accelerated program option available to Gannon psychology majors who qualify in their sophomore year. Graduates of Gannon’s CACREP-accredited program are certified nationally after passing a licensure exam and receive state licensure after completing 3,000 hours of supervised post-graduate experience. Program alumni contribute to the success of regional mental health agencies and actively practice nationally and internationally.

Learn more about our clinical mental health counseling program.