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West Long Branch, NJ 07764
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
The MS in Mental Health Counseling is designed to train a diverse body of service-oriented graduate students (largely from New Jersey and nearby areas) to be practitioners, leaders, and advocates in the field of mental health counseling. The faculty are committed to graduating students who have exemplary theory-based knowledge and skills in counseling and who have demonstrated competence in providing counseling services to people from diverse populations. The department's goal is to offer a program of study that seeks to stay consistent with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards, as well as the academic and skill requirements of state licensing and national certification for counseling.
The MS program is intended for students seeking licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in New Jersey. It is the first mental health counseling program in the state to be accredited by CACREP. Accreditation is a significant consideration for the New Jersey State Board of Examiners for LPC licensure.
The MS program offers a curriculum that explores foundations of counseling procedures, intervention skills, assessment methods, and quantitative skills necessary to read relevant research findings. The program allows students to enhance their skills with field experiences, which can include counseling actual clients at University-approved sites.
Students are required to take 60 credits: 42 credits of core courses, 9 credits of elective courses, and 9 credits of clinical placements (1 practicum, 2 internships). They must also complete a comprehensive examination. It is possible for students to complete the MS program in six terms (two years, including summers).
The curriculum covers the nine core areas required for LPC licensure in New Jersey. This program is also an especially good option for those who may move to another state and seek LPC licensure. Because the licensing board is the final arbiter of your eligibility of licensure, each student must verify with the board that his/her studies are acceptable for licensure. All students in the program are assigned an academic advisor who will guide them in the licensure process.
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Midsize Suburb
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