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Chicago Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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The Master of Arts (MA) degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University, Chicago is designed to provide the education, training, and advanced skills required for a career as a counselor in private and group practices, substance abuse treatment facilities, hospitals and clinics, correctional institutions, and government agencies. The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare students to fulfill the academic requirements for licensure as clinical counselors in most states. This program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).*

The first step toward earning your Master of Arts (MA) degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is to apply today. You can learn more about financial aid options, available to those who qualify, by visiting our Financial Aid and Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.

About the Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University, Chicago
The Master of Arts (MA) degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60 credit hour program that can prepare students for professional careers as master’s level counseling practitioners. It is designed to integrate the theoretical and conceptual foundations of mental health counseling with training in appropriate client intervention and therapy skills. The program emphasizes the development of attitudes, knowledge, and skills that are essential for mental health counselors who are committed to providing quality services.

Our night and weekend class schedule is ideal for students want to pursue a postgraduate degree while working full time. A strong commitment to mentorship by our diverse, accomplished faculty is the cornerstone of our program. Instructors actively support students in having a comprehensive learning experience, including the publication of papers and participation in organizations and groups related to Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Students may participate in various Internship opportunities.

What knowledge and skills can I gain from completing the Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?
Students can learn and develop strong counseling, clinical writing and speaking, and presentation creation and implementation skills. Our program supports students in developing effective communication and leadership skills, increased self-awareness, confidence, compassion and a commitment to advocacy. Valuable practical experience can be gained through internships at a variety of area training sites. Previous internship locations include Asian Human Services, The Branch Family Institute, Counseling Centers of Illinois, The Ancona School, and UCAN.

What career opportunities are there for graduates who earn their Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?
Graduates of the MA program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are equipped to compete for a wide variety of positions, including:
  • Private and Group Practices – Counseling individuals, families, and groups. Graduates who earn their LCPC have opened their own practices.
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities – Graduates employed in this subspecialty work with inpatient and outpatient facilities, as well as with the court system. 
  • Hospital and Clinics – Graduates are employed as case managers, therapists, and clinical supervisors, serving clients with a variety of issues and severities.
  • Correctional Institutions – In addition to helping clients develop new awareness and skills, graduates also provide support to families of individuals in correctional institutions.
  • Veterans Administration – As graduates of a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CAPREP), students may work with military veterans.

Graduates have also been employed as professors, lecturers, academic advisors, career counselors, and in a wide variety of administrative positions. Our Alumni Leadership Committee offers various networking opportunities and workshops.

Program graduates have been recruited by such employers as Arizona State University, Counseling Centers of Illinois, Cook County Corrections, Next Level Health, and Catholic Charities.

How to Apply
The first step toward earning your Master of Arts (MA) degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is to apply today. You can learn more about financial aid options, available to those who qualify, by visiting our Financial Aid and Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.

*The Argosy University, Chicago Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (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 counseling department intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program under the 2016 standards when it comes up for re-accreditation March 31, 2018, per CACREP guidelines.


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