This program is designed to meet the need for advanced preparation of counselors and other helping professionals who work in a variety of human service agencies (including mental health centers, social service agencies, business and industry employee assistance programs, and others). In addition to the core curriculum, students can select, in cooperation with their advisor, from a variety of elective courses that will help their individual career objectives. Concentrations are available in Addictions Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Expressive Arts Therapy, Body Centered Therapy, and General Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited in community counseling by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which is a specialized accreditation agency in the United States. In addition to this specialized accreditation, Appalachian State University is accredited by Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accreditation agency.