Clinical 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. It is a professional relationship which empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish wellness, education, and career goals. This program prepares graduates to work with a diverse population of clients in a variety of settings, such as mental health agencies, private practice, juvenile justice settings, and programs which address drug and alcohol abuse. The program helps students develop effective counseling skills and gain broad-based expertise to meet the counseling needs in Georgia and society at large.
Clinical mental health counselors are professionals who possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and training to provide a wide array of clinical mental health services. These persons, with integrity, support the dignity and value each person in society. They make every reasonable effort to protect human welfare, abiding by and supporting the highest professional standards in the profession of counseling. Graduates from the FVSU Master of Science Degree Program in clinical mental health counseling have acquired the advanced knowledge, skills, experiences, dispositions and technical competencies to function effectively as clinical mental health counselors in the 21st century.
Students in this graduate program take courses in counseling theories and process, career and life style development, statistics and measurement, group theory, behavior assessment and modification, human growth and development, research, multicultural counseling, substance abuse and addictions counseling, clinical diagnosis and treatment, family counseling and guidance, crisis counseling, psychological tests and evaluation, and psychopathology, among other courses. Students complete three field experiences, including a practicum and two internships. The graduates are eligible for licensure in the State of Georgia.
The program is administered through the College of Education and Professional Studies.
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