Master's in Counseling Programs available in the domestic U.S. outside of St. Louis and South Carolina

The Counseling Program at Webster University is designed primarily to fulfill the licensing requirements for Missouri and South Carolina. The program consists of 42 credits of core coursework and an additional 9 credits of clinical coursework (3 credits for Practicum and 6 credits of Internship). Students may use the remaining 9 credits to take electives of their choice based on the elective course rotation, as well as their own interests. These elective courses can be used to satisfy individual state requirements for licensure, including additional terms of Internship to satisfy individual state requirements.

Our professional counseling graduate degree program is divided into the following areas of emphasis with unique course requirements for each.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is the primary emphasis pursued by our students, and is designed for persons wanting to practice all types of counseling. In addition to the basic learning outcomes of the MA in Counseling, the core learning outcomes of this emphasis include:

  • Apply ethical and legal standards as well as knowledge of public mental health policy, financing and regulatory processes to mental health counseling.
  • Implement mental health counseling principles and practices associated with education, prevention, consultation and intervention.
  • Describe how living in a multicultural society impacts clients and apply effective advocacy strategies to enhance mental health services.
  • Employ various assessment techniques associated with professional mental health counseling to appropriately intervene in meeting the needs of diverse clients.
  • Apply evidence-based research literature associated with professional mental health counseling to meet the needs of clients living in a diverse society.
  • Implement diagnostic tools appropriate for mental health counseling professionals to diagnose disorders in diverse clients.

Couples, Marriage, Family and Child Counseling

This program 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. In addition to the basic learning outcomes of the MA in Counseling, the core learning outcomes of this emphasis include:

  • Apply ethical and legal standards in marriage, couple and family counseling.
  • Identify and apply preventive, developmental and wellness approaches in working with individuals, couples and families from multicultural and diverse backgrounds.
  • Describe how living in a multicultural society impacts clients and apply effective advocacy strategies as related to the work of couples, marriage, family and child counselor.
  • Employ various assessment techniques associated with couples, marriage, family and child counseling to appropriately intervene in meeting the needs of diverse clients.
  • Apply evidence-based research literature associated with couples, marriage, family and child counseling to meet the needs of clients living in a diverse society.
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