As a mental health professional, you are already committed to improving the mental and emotional health of others. Through our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, you gain the confidence, qualifications, and critical thinking skills needed to help clients cope with daily life and overcome their greatest challenges. You focus on helping them develop their strengths and find their own solutions to issues.
Led by faculty with extensive clinical practice experience, our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program explores the latest counseling theories; evidence-based research; and tools for preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental health disorders. Through role-playing and case studies in class and at residencies, you are given opportunities to practice counseling skills and concepts. Then, through supervised field work and a practicum, you can apply your skills to help others lead more productive and fulfilling lives.
When you earn your MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden, you have access to:
The following Learning Outcomes are common to all MS in counseling programs. Graduates of these programs will be prepared to:
The competent and confident counseling professional will:
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Note on Licensure
The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for licensing exams and to meet the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure.
I have worked in the substance-abuse field since completion of my bachelor's degree in psychology. I realized that I needed direction—just having a broad human service degree would be limiting. With my higher degree from Walden, my background and experience is now confirmed through my educational knowledge and allows me the authority to speak about social change.
What an amazing payoff and reward when so many are focused on the common goal of learning.
Obtaining a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision is one of my proudest moments, followed by securing a faculty position at Montreat College’s counseling graduate program.