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Counseling - Clinical Mental Health (M.A.)
The intent of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's degree is to provide a terminal degree that allows graduates to apply for the LAC in New Jersey (and elsewhere), while accumulating the remaining part of 4,500 hours toward the LPC while under supervision. Students may take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) as part of licensing process while enrolled in the program, or wait until after applying. The courses are practitioner-oriented, skills based experiences (essentially a vocational training program) that equip students with the clinical skills necessary to meet the counselor licensing laws across the country. The scope of practice ranges from assessment, diagnosis, treatment, consultation, and prevention. Typically graduates go on to work in community agencies initially.
The primary orientation is that of a counselor, not a psychologist, and the professional affiliation is the American Counseling Association. The ACA code of ethics and scope are consistent with moves to make counselor licenses portable nationwide. It is not a research oriented program as students do not write a master's thesis, and in 95% of the cases, students do not intend on pursuing a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision; therefore, it is not an ideal preparation for those seeking to go on for a terminal degree in psychology. The curriculum does not prepare students for an orientation as a psychologist, nor does it offer the prerequisite courses that would offer a strong application to APA clinical or counseling psychology programs.
Classification: Baccalaureate College—Liberal Arts
Locale: Small City
Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999