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The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students for exciting careers in therapeutic programs involving the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of mental and emotional disorders. Graduates can be licensed as Professional Counselors, Professional Clinical Counselors, or Chemical Dependency Counselors, and work in a wide variety of community agencies, government mental health services, hospitals and clinics, or private practices providing individual and group counseling, case management, professional consultation, and supervision. Clinical Mental Health Counselors provide treatment for clients with mental and emotional disorders, substance abuse, family and marital difficulties, career development, and rehabilitation needs. The Master’s Degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is fully accredited as a Community Counseling program by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) (http://www.cacrep.org), the national accrediting body, located at 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314, Telephone Number: 703-535-5990. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is also approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist (OCSWMFT) Board (http://www.cswmft.ohio.gov) to provide training toward the PC and PCC licenses. Program coursework also meets requirements for licensure in Michigan and most other states.
According to the U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/OCO/), prospects for employment for Clinical Mental Health Counselors will grow over the next five years. Virtually all graduates of the UT Clinical Mental Health Counseling program seeking employment gain employment, often in the agency in which they complete their internship. Clinical Mental Health Counselors earn between $23,000 and $55,000 depending upon experience and credentials.
The Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology takes pride in the individual attention its faculty devote to students. A faculty advisor guides each student through the program. Students have individual supervisors for all practica and internship experiences. The program is designed for students who are working full time and raising families. All classes meet once per week in the late afternoon or early evening and many classes can be taken in the summer. The 48-semester hour master’s degree can be completed in two years full time or three years part time. In order to be eligible for licensure in Ohio, graduates must complete an additional 12 semester hours. The department is committed to recruiting and preparing professional counselors representative of the diversity in Toledo and the nation.
How to Apply
Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree. Preference is given to students with a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or better. All applicants must submit a Graduate Record Examination score. Preference is given to students with a combined score of 1000 or better on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE. Applicants apply directly to the College of Graduate Studies by submitting a Graduate School Admissions Form, transcript, and three letters of recommendation. In addition, applicants must submit a 2-3 page paper explaining why they want to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and describing their personal suitability to becoming a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Applicant interviews are conducted during the Fall and Spring Semesters. Students can take up to 9 hours before being admitted to the program by applying for Special Student Status. Students can find the application for Special Student Status on the College of Graduate Studies web site at http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/prospectivestudents/admission/mainapply.html#admissiondownload.
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The University of Toledo is located in Toledo, Ohio, USA, on a suburban campus that is six miles west of the downtown area. With an enrollment of approximately 20,000 students, UT offers more than 140 academic programs and associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees granted through eleven colleges. Students come from all 50 states and 98 countries. People of all races, cultures, and backgrounds make up our mix of full- and part-time students.
The Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology accommodates working students with families by offering classes in the late afternoons and evenings.