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Master of Science in Counseling/Mental Health Counseling
The Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling covers the foundations of counseling, guidance, assessment and evaluation while helping you to gain a better understanding of how to use these principles in community intervention and human services programs. You'll learn and apply skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication and feedback.
The curriculum spans the spectrum of counseling areas — individual and group counseling (including families and couples), assessment and treatment, career planning, research, addiction counseling and more. Students have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice in a supervised clinical environment, where available.
The curriculum in the Mental Health Counseling specialization prepares students for advanced levels of licensure that require a second board exam and credentialing to be a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. The clinical-focused content helps prepare students to administer psychometric testing and branch out into some areas of counseling previously reserved for psychologists. Note that licensure laws vary by state, so some states require both the NCE and the LMHCE to practice at certain levels.
What you'll learn
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How to get started
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The Master of Science in Counseling program in Mental Health Counseling (Utah campuses), and the Master of Science in Counseling program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Phoenix and Tucson campuses) are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP; cacrep.org).
The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.
Individual courses are also available.
When you need graduate-level college credit for continuing education or professional development requirements, consider enrolling in an individual course. Many of the same courses offered in our degree programs are also available for individual enrollment. It's great way to "test-drive" the University and get all the same services and support we offer in our degree programs.
Investigate federal financial aid options including government grants and loans. Your advisor will help you check your eligibility.
Under the Third-Party Billing Plan, University of Phoenix directly bills an approved employer for a student's tuition. To find out if your company supports direct bill, speak to your human resources department or one of our advisors.
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How can I use my Military benefits?
Whether you're serving on Active Duty, are a member of the Reserve or National Guard, or are the spouse of a military member, you're eligible for a reduction in tuition. Our special military tuition rates combined with some of the resources below can help you get started in your pursuit of a degree.
The Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program
With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.
Montgomery GI Bill
Post 9/11 GI Bill
If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits.
Active Duty Spouse Benefits
As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.
Benefits of this degree program
Your course curriculum is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed by competent, ethical practitioners including current trends and applications in school counseling.
Faculty with working knowledge
Courses are taught by instructors who have experience in the field so you can see how theories apply to the real world of counseling.
Convenient learning options
We make it convenient for working professionals like you to earn your degree around your busy schedule through evening on-campus classes.
Small class size
An average class size of nine students provides an intimate learning environment that allows for close interaction with expert faculty.
Is this the right program for you?
Helping your community function better together has far-reaching effects, even beyond the people involved. Earning your Master's in Counseling will give you the knowledge you need — an enrollment advisor can get you started.
While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Advisor.
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We help you make an impact in the lives of others
It's become a part of everyday life in recent years: external struggles such as job losses, economic turmoil, foreclosures, bankruptcies — and the resulting internal struggles such as depression, compromised health and interpersonal conflict.
But you have the desire to help people smooth the rough edges of these challenges, and to give them the coping skills and professional human services they need to get through it. That's what draws you to the Social Sciences disciplines.
The University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences helps you gain the essential skills and knowledge to provide the compassion, guidance and service to others in need. With diverse bachelor's and master's degree programs in Counseling, Human Services and Psychology, you can choose the one that provides you with the skill set to help others in the setting that works for you — whether one-on-one, families and small groups, or schools and communities.