Prepare for a Wide Range of Licensed Counseling Careers
- 25% job growth1
- 79,000 new jobs through 20291
As more people recognize the benefits of counseling and mental health services, employment in the field is on the rise – in fact, job outlook for mental health practitioners is growing much faster than the national average for all occupations. Community organizations, government agencies, and even the criminal justice system rely on trained mental health professionals to provide treatment and counseling programs for diverse populations.
The University of New Haven’s online M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares you to advance your career as a Licensed Professional Counselor or National Certified Counselor in a variety of settings. Concentrations in forensic mental health and community development give you the opportunity to specialize your skills for in-demand practice areas.
Mental Health Clinician
Mental health clinicians work with individuals or groups to treat and diagnose mental health conditions. They evaluate patients, guide them through counseling sessions, and assess progress over time. Mental health clinicians might work in hospitals, inpatient and outpatient facilities, or community agencies.
Substance Abuse Counselor
Substance abuse counselors, also known as addiction counselors, serve clients with addiction in crisis or recovery contexts. They help them develop strategies to cope with substance abuse and receive the treatment they need. In many cases, these counseling professionals coordinate with psychologists, psychiatrists, or social workers to develop effective treatment plans.
Additional clinical mental health counseling jobs:
- Forensic psychologist
- Marriage and family therapist
- School or career counselor
- Social and community service manager
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Program Outcomes: Become a Qualified Counseling Professional
When you complete the online M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, you will be able to:
- Pursue clinical mental health counseling jobs in human services, counseling, and related fields.
- Pursue doctoral study.
- Meet qualifications for certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
- Demonstrate competence in all eight core domains of counseling, as well as the concentration of clinical mental health counseling.
- Synthesize major theoretical concepts in the core counseling curriculum and your concentration area with fieldwork experience.
- Demonstrate, at a professional level, applied intervention skills.
MA in CMHC: Forensic Mental Health Concentration
The forensic mental health concentration prepares students for counseling specifically focused on offenders or victims in forensic settings. You will learn how criminal justice relates to professional counseling through coursework in forensic assessment, abnormal psychology, law, and more.
MA in CMHC: Community Development Concentration
The community development concentration provides specialized training in the administration of community programs and services. You will learn to plan, develop, and evaluate approaches to treatment and prevention while studying topics like public policy, nonprofit management, and advocacy.
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- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.htm.
- Payscale, Average Mental Health Clinician Salary. Retrieved from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Mental_Health_Clinician/Salary.