Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Kan Chandras, Program Coordinator
233 Horace Mann Bond Building
(478) 825-6176

About the Program

Graduates from the Master of Science Program in Mental Health Counseling will acquire and demonstrate knowledge, skills, experiences, dispositions and technical competencies to function effectively as mental health counselors in the 21st century. Graduates in the Mental Health Counseling Program will be sensitive to the context of all clients, thus creating a climate which allows all clients to grow and develop.

Educational experiences facilitate the students with theoretical and applied knowledge in the areas of theory, individual and group process, human growth and development, psychopathology, psychological evaluation, research and professional ethics. Technology is integrated into course content. The two semester internship experiences give students the opportunity to refine and apply their counseling skills. The graduates are eligible for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia . The program can also leads to certification by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

All classes are held at the Fort Valley State University Warner Robins Center, 151 Osigian Blvd., Warner Robins, Georgia.


Cross-cultural counseling, career counseling, individual and group theories of counseling, international students, assessment, mental health counseling, substance abuse, consulship, etc.

Graduation Requirements

A cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0 on a 4 point scale and successful completion of the Final Written Comprehensive Examination (exit examination).

Support Services

The Hubbard Education Building computer laboratory is available to enrolled students. Library facilities are available in Hubbard Education Building, the main library, and Warner Robins.

Clubs & Organizations

Graduate Student Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), and American Counseling Association (ACA).

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution (in a related field to meet pre-requisites) and meet the following standards.

  1. Standardized Test Scores of 395 or above on the MAT and a score of 800 or above on the GRE,
  2. Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 from a regionally accredited institution.

Graduate Assistantships

Application forms are available in 320 Hubbard Education in Fort Valley.

The Mental Health Counseling program requires a minimum of Fifty-One (51) semester hours. The content courses are:

  • FVSU 0500 Orientation to Graduate Studies – 0 hours
  • MLHC 5413 Community Mental Health Counseling – 3 hours
  • COUN 5463 Human Growth and Development – 3 hours
  • COUN 5433 Drugs and Behavior – 3 hours
  • COUN 5533 Fundamentals of Statistics & Measurement – 3 hours
  • COUN 5453 Psychopathology – 3 hours
  • COUN 562 Counseling Theories and Process – 3 hours
  • COUN 5543 Fundamentals of Research – 3 hours
  • COUN 5733 Psychological Evaluation, Diagnosis & Treatment Planning – 3 hours
  • COUN 5553 Social and Cultural Foundations – 3 hours
  • COUN 5633 Group Theory & Process – 3 hours
  • COUN 5653 Behavior Assessment/Modification – 3 hours
  • MLHC 5422 Seminar in Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice – 3 hours
  • COUN 5643 Family Counseling and Guidance – 3 hours
  • COUN 5443 Career Development – 3 hours
  • MLHC 5762 Case Management – 2 hours
  • MLHC 5770 Supervised Practicum – 3 hours
  • MLHC 5772 Internship I – 2 hours
  • MLHC 5782 Internship II – 2

Total: 51 credits

To be eligible for Internship I, MLHC 5772, the student must have taken and satisfactorily completed the following courses and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better:

  • CPSY 5733 -Psychological Evaluation -3 hrs
  • CPSY 5623 -Counseling Theories and Process -3 hrs
  • CPSY 5633 -Group Theory and Process -3 hrs
  • CPSY 5453 -Psychopathology -3 hrs
  • MLHC 5413 -Community Mental Health Counseling -3 hrs
  • MLHC 5422 -Seminar in Professional Practice -3 hrs
  • CPSY 5433 -Drugs and Behavior -3 hrs
  • CPSY 5543 -Fundamentals of Research -3 hrs

To be eligible for Internship II, MLHC 5882, the student must have taken and satisfactorily completed Internship I, MLHC 5772.

Application for internship should be made one term prior to the term in which the student anticipates participating in the internship. Late applications may be considered for the next semester. Applications for an internship must be approved by the coordinator after it has been approved by the student’s advisor.

The student must be aware that internships are scheduled each academic term and care must be taken by each student to be sure that he/she registers for the appropriate internship. During on-campus supervision sessions, students who are at varying stages in their internships will participate together. The reason for this resides in the awareness that with such mixed groups, differences in experiences might arise. Those differences, however, might well lead students through a variety of enriching experiences (vicarious and actual), which they would not have had otherwise. Additionally, the student must be in good standing with an overall GPA of 3.00 or above at the start of the semester during which the internship begins.

Students who complete this program are eligible for licensure as a professional counselor in the State of Georgia after gaining appropriate supervised practice and passing the State Composite Board Examination for Professional Counselors. Completion of the program may also lead to certification by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Opportunities for employment may be found in mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment facilities, gerontological facilities, psychiatric hospitals, correctional and rehabilitation centers, VA hospitals and other helping agencies.

A limited number of Graduate assistantships is offered to qualifying students by the College of Graduate Studies and Extended Education. There are other University level financial assistance available to qualified students.

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