Develop the confidence, qualifications, and critical thinking skills necessary to advance as a mental health professional with a master’s in clinical mental health counseling.
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:
With an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, you can prepare for a variety of career options as well as professional licensure. Professional licensure titles and the processes for obtaining these credentials are determined by each state.
The most common professional counseling titles include licensed professional counselor, licensed professional clinical counselor, and licensed mental health counselor.
You may also work with youth, adults, or a geriatric population in a wide range of professional settings, including:
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
Learn more about the career outlook for graduates with a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
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.
I knew from earning my master’s degree that Walden fit my schedule as an intervention counselor, trainer, and single parent.
Note on Licensure
Walden University’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is a requirement for licensure in many states. 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. Because no graduate program can guarantee licensure upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate agency to determine specific requirements. For more information about licensure, students should visit the National Board for Certified Counselors at www.nbcc.org/stateboardmap, the American Association of State Counseling Boards at www.aascb.org , and contact the appropriate licensing body. International students are encouraged to identify and contact their appropriate licensing body. Learn more about professional licensure.