Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling Overview
Clinical mental health counseling, like many of the helping professions, is a vital calling to help build a healthy and prosperous society. If you are looking to be among the top mental health counselors of our country, start your higher education with a Master’s in Clinical Counseling at Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) today.
Through our Master’s in Clinical Counseling degree program, you will develop skills to diagnose, treat, and proactively guide individuals and groups to overcome disability, grow, and embrace change, in addition to counseling individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, loss, anger management, and infidelity — along with many other issues. Our graduate program allows each of our students to receive the training and preparation they need to become an outstanding clinical mental health counselor.
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This Master’s in Mental Health Program aims to prepare you to receive your California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) credentials by top mental health professionals. We do our part to ensure you have gained all the tools you need to become a licensed professional counselor to kick start your career.
With our Accredited Mental Health Counseling Programs, you’ll get hands-on training through your internship of supervised practice that will arm you with the skills to treat both individuals and groups. Over the course of the Mental Health Counseling program, a total of 700 hours of experience is earned, with a minimum of 280 hours under direct supervision and guidance. This provides our students a great amount of hands-on experience that any aspiring mental health counselor should receive.
With our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Programs, students get an in-depth look at mental illness and learn the skills needed to help the health and well-being of individuals in our society. They learn methods to think critically and reflectively, break down the walls of bias, and learn to help people of all cultures, communities, and backgrounds. Training in multicultural counseling prepares our students to properly advocate for a diverse set of clients.
Professional Training Through Supervised Clinical Experience
Even in their first year of higher education, students in the Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling program begin to acquire “real world” experience with unique observation experiences with clients in clinical settings. As they progress in the program, students build on this initial exposure and develop their portfolio of clinical skills — gaining professional confidence along the way.
Students gaining their Master’s in Clinical Counseling receive a total of 700 hours of clinical experience counseling individuals, families, and groups. Of these, a minimum of 280 hours are direct supervised clinical experience. Through their fieldwork, interns have opportunities to engage in clinical training experiences that serve a broad range of client populations. Students gain experience with individual, family, group, and couple therapy, as well as psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological assessment services. Students also gain experience with adults, children, families, and couples. They learn to counsel individuals who are struggling with ADHD, anxiety and depression, social skills, difficult behavior, anger management, grief and loss, relationship problems, sexual concerns, divorce, infidelity, intimacy and emotional closeness, along with many other conditions.
Earning a degree through our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters Programs is Your Opportunity to Help Those in Need
The field of mental health counseling is expected to grow by almost 25% over the next 10 years, and there are a variety of career paths available to clinical mental health counselors. Some options include:
- Community Mental Health Clinics
- Couples and Family Services
- Outpatient and Inpatient Substance Abuse Centers
- Hospitals and health care agencies
- Government agencies and funded programs
- Public and private Schools, Universities and training programs
- Private and group Practices
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the career outlook for graduates of the Master’s in Clinical Counseling degree program?
Clinical Counseling is one of the faster-growing fields in psychology today. The Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that it will grow by 14% over the next 10 years, earning the field a “faster than average” designation from the BLS. This level of growth is expected due to increasing demand for clinical and counseling psychologists as people continue to turn to psychologists for help and guidance to ensure mental health. Psychologists will also be needed to provide services to an aging population, helping people deal with the mental and physical changes that happen as they grow older.
What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?
Graduates of the program often work as a clinical counselor in one, or more, of the following settings: substance abuse, mental health and therapy, military service personnel, marriage and family therapy, and long-term rehabilitation and care. They can also open their own private practice or branch out into other fields, such as: social services, authorship, teaching, humanitarian and international work, or professional research for public and private entities. The California Association of Licensed Professional Counselors (CALPCC) continues to increase the scope of practice of LPCCs and competency to address the unmet need for mental health services across California, hence the growing demand for LPCCs and their taking on positions that were previously not open to them.
What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
Does graduation from this program lead to licensure?
Our program is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Science, which means that graduates are eligible for licensure as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) in the state of California upon completion of post-degree intern hours and passing of the licensure exams. Candidates for licensure as an LPCC in California are required to complete a total of 3,000 hours of supervised professional experience after the completion of the master’s degree. Candidates must then pass written examinations for licensure. Continuing education is required to maintain the license. If you wish to practice in a state or region other than California, please contact that state/region’s licensure board for that specific information.
Notice for International Applicants
It is important to note that due to their visa status and The California Board of Behavioral Sciences’ post-graduate supervised hours requirement, international students will likely be unable to obtain certification/licensure in the US post-degree completion.
International applicants interested in obtaining licensure outside of California should review the certification/licensure requirements of those other states or countries.
When does the MA in Clinical Counseling degree program start?
This program is offered as an 8-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of these respective enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our 8-week term academic calendar here.
How long does it take to complete the degree program?
The program is a 60-credit program and takes a minimum of 2 years to complete, across 11 terms.
What is the modality of this program?
You can earn your MA in Clinical Counseling degree online or on-campus, offering you an educational experience that is both customizable and tailored to your schedule.
Program Campus Locations
The Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program is offered both on-campus in California and online. Click an image below to learn more about each campus and what each one has to offer.
At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.
The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) is Alliant’s cornerstone school and was built on a legacy of thought leadership, multicultural competence, and quality of care. CSPP’s programs pair hands-on professional practice with academic rigor in order to prepare the next generation of psychologists and mental health care professionals.