Mental Health Counseling

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The master of education in Professional Counseling, Mental Health Counseling concentration is designed to train counselors for work in community mental health centers, family service agencies, hospitals, residential treatment facilities, and private practice settings. This is a niche program in that it trains students to work specifically with children, adolescents, and their parents.

The program takes a competency-based approach to training. Students must demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and performance competencies to successfully complete the program and be eligible for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC).

EMPLOYMENT OBJECTIVE: Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation.

DESCRIPTION OF HEALTH CAREER: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mental health counselors work with individuals, families, and groups to address and treat metal and emotional disorders and to promote optimum mental health. They are trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques used to address a wide range of issues, including depression, addiction and substance abuse, suicidal impulses, stress management, problems with self-esteem, issues associated with aging, job and career concerns, educational decisions, issues related to mental and emotional health, and family, parenting, and marital or other relationship problems. Mental Health counselors often work closely with other mental health specialists, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses, and school counselors.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: Master of Education; 61 semester hours including plus written comprehensive exam.

DEPARTMENT: Psychology

CONTACT: Virginia S. Dansby, Professional Counseling Programs; Box 87, 615-898-2559,

For more information, please visit:
MTSU Professional Counseling Website
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Counselors