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Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Program

Designed to meet the needs of working professionals, our clinical mental health counseling master’s degree program offers courses primarily during the evenings and on weekends in a cohort program that can be completed in eight to 11 semesters. You can earn your master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling while satisfying academic course requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Texas. If you graduate with two years of teaching experience, you may also meet the requirements for TExES certification to become a professional school counselor.

At Tarleton, we are helping to improve the overall well-being of the residents of Texas and beyond by providing graduate education and training in clinical mental health counseling. Join us as we discover, innovate and apply solutions to real-world challenges in direct counseling services while helping you develop a strong professional counselor identity.

What is Clinical Mental Health Counseling?

According to the AMHCA Standards for the Practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, (AMHCA, 2020), Clinical Mental Health Counselors provide professional counseling services involving the application of principles of psychotherapy, human development, learning theory, group dynamics, and the etiology of mental illness and dysfunctional behavior to individuals, couples, families and groups, for the purpose of promoting optimal mental health, dealing with normal problems of living and treating psychopathology. The practice of clinical mental health counseling includes, but is not limited to, diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, psycho-educational techniques aimed at the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, consultations to individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities, and clinical research into more effective psychotherapeutic treatment modalities.

What Can You Do With Your Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?

The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Tarleton State University meets the requirements for CACREP and licensure in the state of Texas. It is important to note these requirements may not meet the requirements in other states. If you plan on moving in the future outside of the state of Texas, it is important to know the state requirements of a state you might move to in the future. Currently in the US, there is not one set of requirements for all states and each state is different.

Designed to meet the needs of working professionals, our clinical mental health counseling master’s degree program offers courses primarily during the evenings and on weekends in a cohort program that can be completed in eight to 11 semesters. You can earn your master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling while satisfying academic course requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Texas. If you graduate with two years of teaching experience, you may also meet the requirements for TExES certification to become a professional school counselor.

At Tarleton, we are helping to improve the overall well-being of the residents of Texas and beyond by providing graduate education and training in clinical mental health counseling. Join us as we discover, innovate and apply solutions to real-world challenges in direct counseling services while helping you develop a strong professional counselor identity.

How Much Do Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduates Make?

The median annual salary of counselors is more than $50,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Why Study Clinical Mental Health Counseling?

With an emphasis on clinical experience and practical training, our master’s degree program in clinical mental health counseling helps you develop sound counseling skills and a comprehensive theoretical knowledge base while learning how to effectively work with a variety of populations by demonstrating empathy, acceptance and positive regard.

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Join a cohort of graduate students with similar goals

Our cohorts develop into tight-knit communities that provide support and encouragement during a challenging degree program. As you take classes with all the same graduate students throughout our degree program, you will have opportunities to form relationships that can last well beyond your time at Tarleton.

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Benefit from a practice-oriented educational experience

You will receive mentorship from a licensed counselor in the community and faculty supervisor while completing a practicum and two internships at external fieldwork sites, such as a community agency. These experiences greatly enhance your counseling job potential and allow you to start to understand the kinds of client populations you could choose to work with throughout your career.

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Participate in graduate research with faculty members

Graduate research assistants help conduct literature reviews, collect data, utilize qualitative and quantitative analysis methods and work through the publication process. This first-hand experience and insight into graduate research can help prepare you for doctoral degree programs, if you’re interested in continuing your studies after you earn your master’s degree.

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Study, research and engage with licensed clinicians

We are all licensed clinicians with extensive clinical experience and vast knowledge to share. Many of us are widely published, lead professional organizations and regularly present at regional, state and national conferences. Our wide-ranging research interests include trauma and crisis work, spirituality, near-death experiences, LGBTQ issues, couples counseling, play therapy and school counseling.

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Get help paying for graduate school through scholarships and financial aid

Our affordable master’s degree program in clinical mental health counseling allows you to balance work and graduate school. You may also qualify to apply for counseling program scholarships such as the Ann Albrecht Scholarship and the Linda Duncan Scholarship. Or, find out how to apply for federal financial aid.

What Classes Will You Take as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Student

Following CACREP accreditation standards, our graduate degree program curriculum focuses on helping you become self-aware of your identity as a professional counselor.
You will learn about and work with a variety of populations and develop counseling skills that are essential for becoming a masterful clinician in a variety of settings to assess and treat clients. Through the course work, you have opportunities to participate in supervised weekly group counseling experiences, earn continuing education hours towards Registered Play Therapist certification and more.

View all required classes for the clinical mental health counseling master’s degree.

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How Do You Get Started on Your Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?

Take the next step toward earning your master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. We have the resources to help you get started.

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Counseling Services and Clinics

At Stephenville, you can complete internship hours with Tarleton Student Counseling Services. At Fort Worth, we co-operate the Counseling Clinic. Both clinics provide counseling to students while offering clinical placements and training where you can work directly with clients and get hands-on experience. At Waco, we help operate the counseling clinic, where you can complete internship hours.

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Chi Sigma Iota Honors

Join Theta Sigma Upsilon, Tarleton’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the honors fraternity for the counseling profession. As a graduate student, you’ll have additional opportunities to connect with your professional peers and support one another in the professional counselor community.

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Counseling Open House

Visit the Stephenville campus and attend an Open House for Prospective Graduate Students to learn more about our master’s degree program in clinical mental health counseling.

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