Mental Health Counseling
counseling, developmental, and educational psychology
The Lynch School’s Master of Arts program in Mental Health Counseling prepares students for careers as mental health counselors and/or to pursue doctoral studies in psychology or other fields. A core component of the program, consistent with the University’s broader mission and Jesuit tradition, is an emphasis on social justice. Program graduates are prepared to serve the mental health needs of individuals, groups, communities, and systems across contexts and cultures, and to promote and advocate for social change.
The program’s training emphasizes both academic and applied experiences that incorporate developmental-contextual and multicultural frameworks to understand and promote mental health and well-being in diverse populations. Students receive a broad background in counseling and mental health theories, develop strong counseling skills, engage in reflective scholarship, gain core professional competencies, and master scientifically informed best practices. They graduate ready to practice contemporary counseling
In line with accreditation standards and with our program mission, the following are the expected goals/student learning outcomes upon completion of the program.
- To demonstrate foundational training in, and foster identification with, the field of counseling.
- To train students to become competent as practitioners, and knowledgeable of the ways in which science influences practice and practice influences science.
- To train students to understand the nature of social justice in their professional work and to infuse this perspective into their practice.
Students learn from faculty who are experts in research, clinical practice, and local, state, national, and international advocacy. Our tenure-track faculty, many of whom maintain active practices, are highly productive and accomplished researchers who offer students considerable opportunities to become involved in faculty research labs. Clinical and adjunct faculty are practitioners with specializations at the forefront of mental health; areas of practice encompass a variety of clinical specialties. Faculty also support students’ success in the program and beyond by fostering community among students and faculty, and by enhancing professional development through engaged advisor relationships; supervision by doctoral students; peer mentoring; specialty seminars on counseling and professional topics such as clinical case presentations, information about licensure procedures, and professional organizations; career panels; and doctoral application support and alumni networking.
The Master of Arts degree in Counseling is a two-year program with two tracks. The 60-credit hour program* meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Graduates of this program are ready for entry-level counseling positions and, with postgraduate supervision and experience, prepared to obtain licensure and advanced skills/specialization. As one of the fastest-growing occupations in the country, licensed mental health counselors enjoy opportunities to work in community-based outpatient agencies, residential treatment facilities, schools, hospitals, and private practice. Students must graduate from a 60-credit hour program in order to be license eligible in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The 48-credit hour program* prepares students for further studies in counseling or fields in which a solid counseling foundation is valuable. Our graduates have gone on to pursue doctoral degrees in psychology and further studies in public policy, law, and business.
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