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Job growth for Professional Counselors

Demand for Counseling Professionals

The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects above-average 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.

U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics

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.

In January of 2016, the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has issued the highest form of professional accreditation to the Webster University MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling  offered on the home campus in Webster Groves, Missouri. To receive this accreditation, a program must meet all accrediting standards, which is not common. This is testament to our quality program and to the Counseling Department’s commitment to excellence. Currently, Webster University is the only private university in Missouri with CACREP recognition. More information about CACREP is available on their website .

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.

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.

The student learning outcomes for the master's degree in counseling support the development of students as competent counselors in training. Our professional graduate degree program is divided into the following areas of emphasis with unique course requirements for each*:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP Accredited) - Primary emphasis pursued by Webster students. This curriculum is for persons wanting to practice all types of counseling. 
  • School Counseling Specialization for Grades K-12 (Not available at all campus locations) - Provides specialized training for individuals wishing to work as mental health professionals in the school system. Upon completion of the degree, students will be eligible to apply for school counselor certification at both the K-8 level and the 7-12 level based on the level at which they complete their field experience. Non-teacher candidates may require additional coursework based on the regulations of their state. 
  • Couples, Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling - Provides instruction in core counseling with additional coursework in working with couples, families, and children. This emphasis is for persons wishing to work primarily with families. It is a specialty form of counseling and typically requires a longer path toward licensure and works with a smaller market.
  • Community Counseling (Geneva, Switzerland Campus only)Provides a general counseling curriculum. It is for persons desiring to work in community settings.

*Only the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offered on the home campus in Webster Groves, Missouri is CACREP Accredited. We continue to work on bringing this accreditation to other campus locations in the U.S.

Points of Distinction

  • The professional counseling program is available at 17 Webster campuses nationwide, as well as internationally in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Classes are limited to a maximum of 24 students to create an ideal environment for learning, interaction, and discovery.
  • Students complete a 15-month clinical counseling field experience, gaining hands-on training.
  • Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited at Webster Groves, MO Campus.
  • Webster University enjoys a 30-year track record in preparing students for successful careers in the counseling profession.
  • With more than 9,000 counseling students and alumni, Webster's counseling program has distinguished itself as a leader in mental health education.

Counseling Academic Programs

To read about specific program requirements, learning outcomes and how to apply, click on a program from the following list:

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