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Earn your MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and MS in School Counseling

You can broaden your opportunities as a counseling professional with Walden’s MS Dual Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling program. Gain the insights and hands-on training to positively impact the lives of children, individuals, and families in school settings, mental health clinics, or other environments. This unique program opens new career avenues by providing the academic preparation to allow you to pursue licensure or certification as both a mental health counselor and a school counselor.

Graduate With Two Counseling Degrees From an Accredited Program

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The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) dictates the curriculum for accredited counseling degree programs. If you receive an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree with the plan to obtain an MS in School Counseling in a few years, the overlap in coursework may prevent you from doing so. Walden’s MS Dual Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling program curriculum is uniquely designed to meet CACREP guidelines for granting these two distinct degrees at the same time.

ACADEMIC PREPARATION

With two CACREP-accredited programs you have the academic preparation to pursue licensure or certification in both disciplines.

Career Flexibility

With two counseling master’s degrees, you have the qualifications to switch career paths if your interests or needs change in the future.

Practical Experience

Prepare for real-life counseling scenarios by building professional skills through two face-to-face pre-practica.

Small, diverse classes

Connect with peers from a myriad of cultures, backgrounds, and interests. Intimate class sizes allow greater one-on-one interaction with faculty.

Program Savings

Receive your Foundations Course at no cost and tech fee waived for your first term, and pay no tuition for 9 credits of Practicum and Internship if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on June 28, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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General Program and Specializations

General Program

Gain the confidence, qualifications, and critical thinking skills needed to help clients cope with daily life and overcome their greatest challenges.

Addiction Counseling

Gain the focused skills and insights to provide addiction counseling services to various clients in schools, businesses, community agencies, and other settings.

Forensic Counseling

Enhance your competencies in conflict management and negotiation and learn how those skills can be applied to resolve conflicts in the criminal justice system.

Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

Build the cross-cultural competencies and skills required to understand family structures, life-cycle dynamics, intergenerational influences, and healthy family functioning.

Military Families and Culture

Explore the nuances of military culture as well as the common hardships associated with the military lifestyle—from prolonged separation and combat-related injuries to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Trauma and Crisis Counseling

Learn about crisis management and study the leadership skills necessary to help communities develop effective, responsive crisis management programs and trauma treatment services.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4-point scale, for regular admission (Applicants with a GPA less than 2.5 may be considered for conditional admission.)
  • A goal statement with a cultural aptitude component
  • Resume

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Tracy Senstock

    Tracy Senstock

    Senior Academic Program Director

    Dr. Tracy Senstock has been training counselors and counselor educators since 1988. She has served in counseling program administration since 1990 where she has achieved CACREP accreditation both new and renewals for many programs. Dr. Senstock is a licensed professional counselor in Colorado and a National Certified Counselor.

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  • Walter Frazier

    Walter Frazier

    Contributing Faculty

    Since 1988, Dr. Walter Frazier has practiced counseling at the Grace Christian Counseling Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he holds the position of executive director. He has served as a counselor educator since 2008, and has worked at Walden since 2015.

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  • Jayce Patton

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Jayce Patton’s clinical work centers on clients of gender and sexual diversity. He served on the Institutional Review Board, is the associate editor for the Journal of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness, and has published his work in several professional journals and textbooks.

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Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of the MS Dual Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the different roles and settings of a counselor.
  • Apply sound ethical and legal practices in the work of a counselor.
  • Analyze cultural development theories and models.
  • Examine empirically based theories of human development.
  • Evaluate approaches of career development appropriate to diverse needs and life experiences.
  • Examine appropriate evidence-based counseling practices for prevention and intervention.
  • Apply essential counseling skills across multiple settings.
  • Select group facilitation strategies that are culturally and ethically relevant.
  • Analyze assessment procedures to support planning for appropriate counseling interventions.
  • Evaluate research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.

Additional Program-Specific Learning Outcomes

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • Evaluate effective treatment strategies for addressing the needs of mental health clients.
  • Choose appropriate diagnostic intervention processes to meet a broad range of mental health issues.
  • Assess the impact of biological/neurological mechanisms on mental health.
  • Develop strategies for interfacing with outside stakeholders (i.e., the legal system and behavioral health professionals).

MS in School Counseling

  • Examine appropriate evidence-based counseling practices for prevention and intervention.
  • Apply essential counseling skills across multiple settings.
  • Select group facilitation strategies that are culturally and ethically relevant.
  • Analyze assessment procedures to support planning for appropriate counseling interventions.
  • Evaluate research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.

Read our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Outcomes Report, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Annual Data Report, MS in School Counseling Program Outcomes Report , and MS in School Counseling Annual Data Report on the School of Counseling DATA webpage.

Career Impact

The counseling field is in need of qualified, compassionate professionals like you to meet the demand for services. Through 2028, jobs for mental health counselors are expected to grow 22%,1 while employment of school counselors is expected to grow by 8%2—both faster than the national average.

The MS Dual Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling program allows you to earn two valuable credentials simultaneously. Elevate your resume and expand your career options with master’s degrees from CACREP-accredited programs that prepares you to pursue licensure or certification in your state.

An MS Dual Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling can prepare you to pursue career options such as:

  • Mental health counselor
  • Clinical therapist
  • Licensed professional counselor
  • Mental health therapist
  • School counselor
  • Guidance counselor
  • Academic advisor
  • Counselor for college and career readiness

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

An MS Dual Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Outpatient and inpatient mental health and substance abuse centers
  • Individual and family service organizations
  • Public or private hospitals
  • Courts/Government agencies
  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Preschools
  • Early learning centers

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