Mental health counseling is the practice of helping people maintain the emotional, psychological, and intellectual well-being that creates the capacity to function in society.
Graduates from the Master of Science Degree Program in mental health counseling have acquired the advanced knowledge, skills, experiences, dispositions and technical competencies to function effectively as mental health counselors in the 21st century. Graduates are sensitive to the context of all clients, creating a climate which allows the 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).
The program is administered through the College of Education and Professional Studies.