Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master’s Degree Program
Take the first step to becoming a licensed professional counselor. This hands-on master’s program offers unique opportunities to apply your learning in the field, as part of a rigorous curriculum grounded in current research, program evaluation and continuous improvement. Our graduates are uniquely prepared to serve the diverse communities of Alaska and are employed by agencies throughout the state.
With classes available on-campus in Fairbanks and via distance learning, the master’s in clinical mental health counseling offers options to fit your life. Our faculty have extensive practitioner experience, and, along with your advisors, are here to guide you every step of the way. Whether you take classes by distance or face-to-face, you’ll enjoy the same hands-on training experiences, collaborative learning atmosphere and personal attention.
The Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP).
What Is Clinical Mental Health Counseling?
Clinical mental health counseling combines psychotherapy with practical problem solving to help people who are struggling with emotional or behavioral issues. Clinical mental health counselors work with individuals, couples, families and children in a variety of mental health and community agencies. Some specialize in specific treatment areas, such as addiction, grief and trauma. Typical job duties of clinical mental health counselors include assessment and diagnosis, providing coping skills and strategies and referring other health professionals as appropriate.
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Why Study Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UAF?
We offer the only clinical mental health counseling program of its kind in Alaska. Our counseling students enjoy access to the resources of a large university, combined with the personal attention of a small college. Our graduates are sought by employers across the state for their unique knowledge and training. Here are some of the highlights of earning your master’s in clinical mental health counseling at UAF.
The UAF School of Education provided me with the highest level and standards of learning. I was encouraged to achieve more than I thought possible. Throughout my time at UAF I had the opportunity to be an in-person student and a distance student; no matter where I was learning from I felt supported and connected. The professors in this program were invested in me as I became a professional and as I grew as a person.Samantha Hesterman, UAF Master of Education in Counseling graduate
What Can You Do With a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?
This program provides the educational foundation you’ll need to become a licensed professional counselor, as well as preparing you for other counseling careers. It’s a field that is in high demand. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors is projected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
What Classes Are Required for the Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?
Coursework for the master’s in clinical mental health counseling explores topics such as human development, counseling techniques, assessment and multicultural issues. All clinical mental health counseling students must also engage in practicum and internship experiences under the supervision of a licensed counselor.
Get Started on Your Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Take the next step toward earning your degree in clinical mental health counseling at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. We have the resources to help you get started.
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Have questions? We have one of the best advising teams of any graduate school for clinical mental health counseling in the country. Let us know how we can help.
Transfer to UAF
Transferring to UAF? Contact us to walk through the process and make sure you maximize the credits you’ve already earned.