Mental Health Counseling

Degree Offered: M.S.

Concentrations: 1) Clinical; 2) Rehabilitation

Fall Admissions Only 

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Concentration 1: Clinical

The Mental Health Counseling - Clinical program is a generalist program that is nationally accredited by the Council on the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This designation indicates curricular experiences encompassing each of the eight core areas of professional counseling including Professional Identity, Social and Cultural Diversity, Human Growth and Development, Career Development, Helping Relationships, Group Work, Assessment, and Research and Program Evaluation. Other required coursework includes clinical assessment and substance abuse.  This degree prepares graduates to work in a variety of capacities such as marriage and family counseling, substance abuse counseling, clinical mental health counseling, college counseling, non-profit work, business settings, and many other areas. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that counseling is growing faster than average with some areas of clinical mental health counseling seeing growth rates up to 34% by 2016.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Statement of purpose: Describe career goals, research interests and a list of publications, professional and volunteer experience relevant to intended program of study, academic honors and organizations.
  • Three professional letters of recommendation from persons who know the applicant in either an academic or supervisory capacity. Letters from family members, acquaintances, and friends are not acceptable.
  • A current resume or curriculum vita
  • Interview: After initial review of all applications, the applicants with greatest potential are also expected to participate in a pre-admission interview with the Counseling faculty. Pre-admission interviews can include: (a) individual interviews, (b) group interaction with observation, and (c) on-site writing sample.

 

Concentration 2: Rehabilitation

The Mental Health Counseling - Rehabilitation program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs Education (CACREP) and is designed to prepare culturally competent counselors who specialize in working with persons with physical, developmental, cognitive, psychological, and neurological disabilities and/or illnesses.  Rehabilitation Counseling students are equipped with knowledge, skills, and experience to empower persons with disabilities through the counseling process. Students are further equipped with unique competencies to provide effective rehabilitation counseling services within a cultural context. 

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Statement of purpose: Describe career goals, research interests and a list of publications, professional and volunteer experience relevant to intended program of study, academic honors and organizations.
  • Three professional letters of recommendation from persons who know the applicant in either an academic or supervisory capacity. Letters from family members, acquaintances, and friends are not acceptable.
  • A current resume or curriculum vita
  • Interview: After initial review of all applications, the applicants with greatest potential are also expected to participate in a pre-admission interview with the Counseling faculty. Pre-admission interviews can include: (a) individual interviews, (b) group interaction with observation, and (c) on-site writing sample.

 

Contact Information

College of Education
Department of Counseling

Graduate Coordinator (Clinical Concentration): Patricia Bethea-Whitfield
Email: betheap@ncat.edu
Phone: (336) 285-4384

Graduate Coordinator (Rehabilitation Concentration): Glacia Ethridge
Email: gethridg@ncat.edu
Phone: 336-285-4391

Department Chair: Shirlene Smith
Email: sdsmith@ncat.edu
Phone: (336) 285-4397

Department Website