Argosy University Programs

MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Program Information

The Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Argosy University, Atlanta is designed to provide students with a sound foundation for the practice of professional counseling. The program introduces students to basic counseling skills that integrate individual and group theoretical foundations of professional counseling into appropriate client interaction and intervention skills. The Argosy University, Atlanta Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is designed to emphasize the development of attitudes, knowledge, and skills essential in the formation of professional counselors who are committed to the ethical provision of quality services.

Thus, the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is committed to educating and training students to enter a professional career as master’s-level counseling practitioners who can function ethically and effectively as skilled professionals with demonstrated knowledge of social and cultural diversity. This goal is achieved through a curriculum designed to integrate core counseling skills, theoretical foundations of professional counseling, and clinical field experience into appropriate client interaction and intervention skills for utilization in a wide variety of settings with diverse client populations. Students are prepared for licensure as professional counselors in the state of Georgia.

Career Outcomes
This Argosy University, Atlanta Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is designed to prepare you for a career as a counselor who may work in a variety of settings, including:
• private and group practices
• substance abuse treatment facilities
• hospitals and clinics
• correctional institutions
• schools and universities
• government agencies

Program Outcomes
1. PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY – Students will understand and value all aspects of professional functioning, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, legalities, standards, and credentialing.
2. SOCIAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY – Students will Apply core theory and research of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural and diverse society to the counseling profession.
3. HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT Students will interpret and apply core theory and research of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels.
4. CAREER DEVELOPMENT – Students will apply core theory and research of career development, the psychology of work and related life factors.
5. HELPING RELATIONSHIPS – Students will ethically and effectively deliver a range of counseling and consultation services.
6. GROUP WORK – Students will understand the theoretical and experiential foundations of group purpose, development, and dynamics and will apply group counseling methods and skills to the practice of professional counseling.
7. ASSESSMENT – Students will understand principles of testing and measurement and will apply both individual and group methods of assessment and evaluation to their work as professional counselors.
8. RESEARCH AND PROGRAM EVALUATION – Students will understand how research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation are conducted and the role of these practices in the counseling profession.
9. COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Students will communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
10. INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS- Students will develop and improve positive relationship skills via effective communication, respect for others, appreciation of diversity and cultural sensitivity, and awareness of their impact on others.

CACREP Accreditation
The Argosy University, Atlanta Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs can be contacted at 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 535-5990 www.cacrep.org.Currently the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by CACREP under the 2001 Standards as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling department intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for re-accreditation, per CACREP guidelines.

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Enhance your career potential by enrolling in this Argosy University, Atlanta master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. You can learn more about specific financial aid programs (available to those who qualify) on our Financial Aid & Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information. End your search for clinical mental health counseling programs in Atlanta at Argosy University, Atlanta.

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