College of Education2020-2021
Department of Educational Psychology
Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Master of Arts
This program prepares you, through highly experiential classroom instruction in evidence-based counsling approaches, fieldwork experience, and internships, to become an applied counseling/psychotherapy practitioner to serve with clients of all ages in behavioral health agencies, clinics, hospitals and eventually private practices. We offer this program at Northern Arizona University-Flagstaff as well as NAU -Phoenix and NAU-Tucson.
This plan meets the coursework requirements for the Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and for the national counselor certification of the National Board for Certified Counselors. Becoming an LAC and Nationally Certified Counselor are requirements toward the License as a Professional Counselor (LPC), which allows for independent practice. Graduates are often successful in pursuing counseling licensure in any of the other 49 states (each state has its own licensure laws. See this recent list.
This program has been CACREP-Accredited for 20 consecutive years. The GRE is not required or applicants with a 3.0 GPA.
GRE Statement, effective August 2017: If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.0* or higher, you are NOT required to submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores for the MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling or the MEd Counseling-School Counseling programs. If you have a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0, you are required to submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores on the aptitude portion (verbal and quantitative) of the GRE taken within the past six years. Scores, if applicable, must be received by application deadline for admission consideration.
This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
What Can I Do with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?
If you want to make a difference in your community and your neighbors’ lives, you will find an outlet for your passion here. Through classroom instruction, fieldwork experiences, and internships, you’ll be ready to take on a position in clinical mental health settings as a Licensed Associate Counselor, and eventually as a Licensed Professional Counselor (independent practice).
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Community counselor providing individual, group, couple and family counseling to children, adolescents, adults and the elderly in a wide-variety of clinical mental health settings.
- Private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Mental health consultant
- Specialty possibilities are unlimited but often involve; anxiety/depression, addiction, eating disorders, counseling couples/families, helping clients boost their self-care and wellness strategies, trauma therapy, stress reduction via mindfulness and much more.
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
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As a student in the MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, you’ll take courses, do fieldwork, and participate in practica and internships that will prepare you to be an applied counseling/psychotherapy practitioner in behavioral health agencies, clinics, hospitals and eventually private practices.
This program meets the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) coursework requirements of Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and for national counselor certification of the National Board for Certified Counselors.
Student Learning Outcomes
Outcomes align with Standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
- Professional orientation and ethical practice - studies that provide an understanding of all of the following aspects of professional functioning.
- Social and cultural diversity - studies that provide an understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society.
- Human growth and development - studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts.
- Career development - studies that provide an understanding of career development and related life factors.
- Helping relationships - studies that provide an understanding of the counseling process in a multicultural society.
- Group work - studies that provide both theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society.
- Assessment - studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society.
- Research and program evaluation - studies that provide an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation.
- Foundations, contextual dimensions and practice in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
See the full list of Student Learning Outcomes
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- GRE® revised General Test for applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0.
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Responses to specific essay questions
- IVP Fingerprint clearance card
- Candidate interview
- Prerequisite course:
- EPS 525 or upper-divison undergraduate Statistics course complete within the past three years.
- Prerequisite course:
This Master’s degree requires 60 units distributed as follows:
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling Coursework: 48 units
- Clinical-Based Crisis Course: 3 units
- Post-practicum internship: 6 units
- Selection of a course, such as EPS 622, EPS 640, or another course with your advisor’s consent: 3 units
Take the following 60 units:
- EPS 590, EPS 592, EPS 601, EPS 615, EPS 620, EPS 621, EPS 625, EPS 617, EPS 660, EPS 661, EPS 670, EPS 680, EPS 681, EPS 688,EPS 690, EPS 692 (48 units)
- EPS 669 - Clinical-Based Crisis (3 units)
- EPS 694 for the post-practicum internship (6 units)
- EPS 622, EPS 640 or another course with your advisor's consent (3 units)
This plan meets the coursework requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and for the national counselor certification of the National Board for Certified Counselors.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
- PROGRAM FEE INFORMATION
Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $1000 per year ($500 per semester) has been approved for this program.
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