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Prepare for your future, and help transform the futures of others, with the Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from William & Mary. Our comprehensive curriculum will challenge you with rigorous study and practical exploration of clinical requirements in counseling and help develop your understanding of patient intervention and advocacy methods. The program's intended outcome is to train students to become licensed professional counselors and build their confidence as a critical first point of contact for those in need.
As you explore coursework in psychopathology, ethics, holistic wellness, multicultural counseling and more, you will be preparing to fill professional roles in community-based mental health centers, hospitals, Veterans Affairs clinics, and other treatment centers where counseling needs can extend to individuals, families and communities. Additionally, because licensed professional counselors will work with professionals from other helping disciplines, including psychiatrists and social workers, your studies will also place great emphasis on the following competencies:
The Online M.Ed. in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling can be completed in as few as three years (60 credit hours), including a single-semester practicum (100 clock hours)* and also a two-semester internship (600 clock hours). While the practicum offers students their first exposure to client contact, it is during the field-advised internship that they will begin to practice what they have learned in the classroom and refine their personal approach to counseling.
*In addition to the hours conducted in the field site placement, students will have additional synchronous supervision and course requirements.
The Online M.Ed. in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is designed as an entry-level degree for professional counseling. What does that mean for you? It means we accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds, knowing that some have been called to counseling later in their career and that others are shifting away from related fields to more engaged clinical practice.
Furthermore, in addition to preparing students for work as a licensed professional counselor, a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling also prepares interested students for licensure and work as a Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner (LSATP). Those interested in this specialization may benefit greatly from our curriculum focus on both clinical practice and general wellness.
Licensed professional counselors work with clients who represent a diverse spectrum of mental and emotional disorders, and licensure requirements may vary as a result. Our Online M.Ed. in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program fulfills all classroom and clinical requirements for licensure in Virginia, as well as certification by the National Board of Certified Counselors. However, applicants are encouraged to review any additional requirements for their state or intended field.
In the world of counseling, there is no greater teacher than those who have stood where you will stand and counseled others through life’s myriad challenges. Your instructors at William & Mary represent diverse backgrounds and experiences, pulling from numerous professions beyond clinical counseling, and are celebrated for their research, published works and professional excellence. Get to know the leaders who will guide you through dynamic coursework and mentor you closely as you take your first steps into the field of counseling.
Spring 2020 Term
Spring 2020 Term