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Professional Counseling Programs

High Demand for Counseling Professionals

Webster's counseling degree program is designed to prepare individuals for a career in professional counseling. The curriculum combines classroom education and hands-on field experience to provide you with the theory and skills you need to work with individuals, couples, families, and children in a variety of mental health settings.

The United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects strong growth of employment rates for mental health counselors and therapists. As more insurance policies expand to cover mental health counseling services, the demand for professional counselors is expected to increase.

The Webster MA in Counseling offers three areas of emphasis; Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage, Couple, Family, and Child Counseling; and Family Life Counseling. We also offer a Community Counseling Emphasis at our Geneva, Switzerland campus.

You'll gain a strong foundation in theories of human behavior, personality development, human resilience, wellness, exceptional abilities, addictions, and learning processes, and you'll learn how to describe, identify, and examine the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels. Through specialized coursework, you can explore a variety of topics within the counseling field like addiction and substance abuse; disaster response, trauma, and crisis counseling; and human sexuality. Our diverse faculty are practicing clinicians who take a real-world approach to learning and guide students in developing the cultural awareness necessary to serve the needs of a rapidly changing population.

Professional Counseling Program - Core Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a professional orientation and identity as a counselor by applying sound ethical, legal, advocacy and supervisory practices which lead to success as a mental health counselor.
  • Identify the cultural context of relationships, issues and trends in a multicultural society that impact the counseling process.
  • Synthesize theories of human growth and development to develop culturally responsive counseling practices.
  • Apply theories and models of career development to related life factors in multicultural contexts appropriate to an individual's work, family and lifestyle.
  • Develop an empirically based approach to counseling that emphasizes wellness and prevention by integrating theory and best practices.
  • Apply theoretical and experiential understandings of group approaches to counseling to develop targeted interventions within a multicultural society.
  • Apply individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society.
  • Utilize statistical concepts, research methods, needs assessment and program evaluation skills commonly used in the counseling profession.

Master of Arts in Counseling Programs by Location

Due to variances in accreditation by state and the availability of degree emphasis, please choose your location.

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