Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling Overview
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Clinical mental health counseling, like many of the helping professions, is vital to building a healthy and prosperous society. If you want to join this field as a professional mental health counselor, start your higher education with a Master’s in Clinical Counseling (MACC) degree at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) today.
In the MACC degree program, you’ll develop skills and expertise in diagnosing, treating, and guiding individuals and groups as they work to overcome disability, grow, and embrace change. In the program you’ll gain valuable, hands-on experience, counseling individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, loss, anger management, infidelity, and other issues. Throughout the program, you’ll receive the training and preparation you need to become an outstanding clinical mental health counselor.
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The Master’s in Clinical Counseling program prepares you to receive your California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) credentials by providing all the tools you need to become a licensed professional counselor.
You’ll get practical field training through your internship of supervised practice where you’ll spend a total of 700 hours gaining valuable experience, with a minimum of 280 of those hours under direct supervision and guidance.
In the program you’ll develop methods of thinking critically and reflectively, breaking down the walls of bias, and learning to help people of all cultures, communities, and backgrounds in order to properly advocate for a diverse set of clients.
Professional Training Through Supervised Clinical Experience
Starting in your first year of the MACC program you’ll acquire real-world experience through unique observations of clients in clinical settings. As you progress in the program, you’ll build on this initial exposure and develop your portfolio of clinical skills, gaining professional confidence along the way.
You’ll receive a total of 700 hours of clinical experience counseling individuals, families, and groups. Of these, a minimum of 280 hours will be directly supervised clinical experiences.
Through your fieldwork as an intern, you’ll have opportunities to engage in clinical training experiences that serve a broad range of client populations. You’ll grow through experience with individual, family, group, and couple therapy, as well as psycho-diagnostic and neuropsychological assessment services. You’ll also gain experience with adults, children, families, and couples, learning 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, and more.
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
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% between now and 2026. 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 clinical counselors in settings such as 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, and Alliant offers 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?
The 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 eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of these respective enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our eight-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 two 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.