Northern Virginia Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The mission of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program at Argosy University is to create a learning environment that promotes academic excellence, professional competence, and personal integrity. This mission is achieved through a curriculum that integrates counseling and interpersonal skills, sound ethical values, and professional clinical practice for utilization in a variety of settings with diverse client populations.
Program Outcome One: Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice
Value all aspects of professional functioning, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethical standards, legalities, advocacy, and credentialing.
Program Outcome Two: Social and Cultural Diversity
Apply core theory and research of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural and diverse society to the counseling profession.
Program Outcome Three: Human Growth and Development
Interpret and apply core theory and research of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts.
Program Outcome Four: Career Development
Apply core theory and research of career development, the psychology of work, and related factors in career planning and decision making.
Program Outcome Five: Helping Relationships
Deliver ethical and effective counseling and consultation services consistent with professional research and practice across a range of settings in a multicultural society.
Program Outcome Six: Group Work
Apply methods, skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society using theories of group counseling, principles of group dynamics, facilitation styles, and direct experiences.
Program Outcome Seven: Assessment
Analyze principles of testing and measurement, and incorporate social, ethical, and cultural factors in both individual and group methods of assessment and evaluation.
Program Outcome Eight: Research and Program Evaluation
Apply research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation to inform ethical and culturally relevant evidence-based practice and to advance the counseling profession.
Argosy University, Northern Virginia is pleased to share the news that the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, has granted eight years accreditation to the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and the Doctor of Education in Counselor Education & Supervision programs at Argosy University, Northern Virginia.
The Argosy University, Northern Virginia 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 2016 Standards until 2024. 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.
Course Delivery Formats
The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is intended to make graduate training accessible to professionals who are employed full-time. Courses are offered in multiple formats over 7.5 weeks or 15 weeks, and each semester has three sessions. The primary course formats are the blended weekend format, weeknight format/blended weeknight format, and online format. In the weekend format, courses are typically offered on Friday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Course meets on alternate weekends with classes meeting typically on three weekends with remaining class sessions held online via asynchronous and synchronous discussions. In the weeknight format/blended weeknight format, courses are typically offered on a weeknight from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. with any remaining class sessions held online via asynchronous and synchronous discussions. In the online format, courses are offered completely online with some having all asynchronous sessions and some having synchronous sessions.
Field experience courses are always offered in a 15-week/blended format, meeting on a weeknight typically from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. This blended format for field experience courses is usually offered online, with campus meetings at the beginning and end of the semester and asynchronous/synchronous sessions during the semester. Syllabi and/or course textbook requirements are made available on the Department web site before the first class meeting.
This Argosy University, Northern Virginia 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
Academic Progress Requirements
Once matriculated into the program, students must remain continuously enrolled for at least 3 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 6 credit hours) each semester. While on internship or practicum, students may be enrolled in the practicum or internship alone. Students should confirm minimum enrollment requirements for financial aid and international student status with the appropriate Student Services representative.
- Students must make satisfactory progress toward earning their degree by maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. Student progress in the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is formally evaluated after the first five courses.
- Students who receive a grade below “B-” in any course must repeat the course. Students, who receive two grades below “B-” in the first five courses, including a repeat of the same course, will not be permitted to continue in the program.
- Students are required to complete 60 credit hours (45 credit hours of core courses, 6 credit hours of elective courses, and 9 credit hours of practicum and internship).
- Students must complete this program within five years after matriculation. Students who have temporarily withdrawn from Argosy University will have five years plus the length of time that they were not enrolled, not to exceed one year, to complete the program. In order to remain on track for degree completion within the maximum time frame allotted, students are expected to complete credit hours according to the suggested incremental maximum time frame table below:
Suggested Incremental Timeframe Completion Rates*
- End of Year One: 12 credit hours
- End of Year Two: 24 credit hours
- End of Year Three: 36 credit hours
- End of Year Four: 48 credit hours
- End of Year Five: 60 credit hours
* The suggested incremental maximum time frame requirements are not a replacement for the specific program sequencing and enrollment requirements, which may be stricter than the incremental maximum time frame requirements.
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Enhance your career potential by enrolling in this Argosy University, Northern Virginia 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 Northern Virginia at Argosy University, Northern Virginia.