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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults in the United States — and one in six youth — will experience mental illness each year. One in three go without treatment.
Efforts to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health are working, though: more and more people are reaching out for help. Clinical mental health counselors are among the professionals affected individuals and their families can turn to for depression, anxiety, phobias, grief, substance use, relationship difficulties and other conditions.
When you read through a typical mental health counselor job description, you’ll likely see a requirement for an LMHC. This is a designation from the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board. To become a mental health counselor (at the LMHC level) you’ll first need to earn a master’s degree from an accredited program.
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The demand for mental health counselors in a variety of specialization areas is expected to grow faster than the average occupation.
The University of Saint Francis offers future mental health professionals a clear path from undergraduate to Psy.D., all at one school. This brings a breadth of teaching expertise and well-established community connections to all of our psychology and counseling students.
Our master’s of science in clinical mental health counseling offers:
Designed for working professionals, you can complete your master’s coursework on campus during the late afternoon and evening hours.
Pursue an area of emphasis that reflects your professional goals and interests:
Become a mental health counselor in a social justice-oriented program. We empower and encourage our master’s students to be strong advocates for their clients and serve their communities as ethical, principled mental health professionals.
As you prepare to become a mental health counselor, you’ll gain real-world experience and make professional connections through a variety of experiential learning opportunities:
Gain clinical experience at an agency, including 40 hours of face-to-face client work, starting in a group therapy environment.
Spend a semester or two on site at a mental health agency or facility of your choice; you’ll get at least 240 hours of client contact.
Gain additional experience in your concentration area, including at least 120 hours working with clients.
Our master’s students will have access to resources and learning spaces in our department and in the Lee and Jim Vann Library:
You will learn and be mentored by research scientists, licensed mental health counselors (LMHC) and practicing psychologists, including:
The classes are different from other universities. They really focused on counseling and neurology. I really liked the psychology pharmacology class. Dr. Rolf Daniel’s class was amazing, I loved that class.
Priscilla Baltazard ’19, MS’20
Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) serve clients of all ages and backgrounds in settings such as:
With support from our career services team, insight from your faculty mentors and connections with our alumni network, you’re always likely to find a mental health counselor job description or opportunity shared on campus.
After earning their master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, USF students find positions at employers such as:
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