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Program Information

The Master of Arts (MA) degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University, Dallas is designed to provide the education, training, and advanced skills required for a career as a professional counselor in private and group practices, substance abuse treatment facilities, hospitals and clinics, correctional institutions, and government agencies.

The 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, Dallas
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 to becoming effective, ethical mental health counselors. Our mission is to create a learning environment that promotes academic excellence, professional competence, and personal integrity.

The program is designed to support working professionals who want to pursue a postgraduate degree while balancing the demands of career, family, and school. A strong commitment to mentorship by our diverse, accomplished faculty is the cornerstone of our program. Upon admission to the program, students are assigned an academic advisor who is available to discuss matters related to professional development and progress in the 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 also have the opportunity to participate in various Internship opportunities.

As of the date of this publication, licensure in Texas requires a master’s degree in counseling, successful completion of licensure exams, and 3,000 hours of post-masters supervised work experience. Licensure regulations are subject to change and are determined by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counseling.

Once matriculated into the program, students must remain continuously enrolled for at least three credit hours per semester—Fall, Spring, and Summer—unless they formally request a temporary withdrawal through the Student Services Department. Students are expected to remain enrolled full-time (at least six credit hours or in practicum) each semester, and should meet with their advisors if they are considering less than full-time enrollment.

What knowledge and skills can I gain from completing the Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?
Our program can support students in developing effective communication and leadership skills, increased self-awareness, confidence, compassion and a commitment to advocacy.

What career opportunities are there for graduates who earn their Master of Arts 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.
• Counseling positions at state, national, and private mental health agencies.
• Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities – Graduates may 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.

Students have an opportunity to network through their participation in such organizations as Dallas Counseling Association, Northern Metro Counseling Association, and North Central Texas Counseling Association.

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, Dallas 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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