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Clinical Mental Health Counseling Alumnus

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If you are looking for a program that believe in a moral compass and emphasizes mental and spiritual growth, Southern is the place for you.

Go to www.southern.edu, click on “Future Students”, then “Apply Now”.

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Katie Browne

Melodie Lopez Graduate Studies (423) 236-2694 malopez@southern.edu

M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Not only are the faculty and student population diverse but both the students and faculty are there for you whenever you need support, for either school or personal reasons. Current Clinical Mental Health Counseling Student

Mikhaile Spence School of Education and Psychology (423) 236-2496 maspence@southern.edu

at Southern Adventist University


is a clinical mental health 1. What counselor?

Clinical mental health counselors work with individuals, families and groups to address and treat mental 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, marital and other relationship problems.

a license currently required to practice 2. Isclinical mental health counseling in the United States?

Yes, 48 states and the District of Columbia have some form of counselor licensure that governs their practice of counseling. Licensure laws establish minimum requirements in the areas of education, examination, and experience.

3. What are the educational requirements?

States require applicants for licensure to obtain a master’s degree in counseling. Courses are grouped into ten core areas: • Human Growth and Development • Counseling Theory, Practice and Psychopathology • Group Counseling • Social and Cultural Foundations • Testing/Appraisal • Research and Program Evaluation • Professional Orientation • Career Development • Supervised Practicum • Supervised Internship

about the rest of the 4. What requirements?

Besides the educational requirements, applicants for licensure are required to obtain a minimum of supervised experience prior to being licensed. Typically, states require individuals to accumulate between 2000 and 3000 hours of supervised experience within a certain time period. Also, applicants must pass a comprehensive examination on counseling recognized by the State. For general information about these examinations, go to www.nbcc. org. State requirements may change may be updated frequently. It is best to check with the appropriate state board for current requirements. Alabama: www.abec.state.al.us Georgia: sos.georgia.gov/plb/counselors/ Tennessee: health.state.tn.us/boards/PC_MFT&CPT/

are the requirements to apply for 8. What admission?

Applicants must be graduates of an accredited four-year college with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and a GRE score of at least 900. Applicants also need a written statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, a personal interview, a personality test, and a background check. A minimum of six semester hours in upper division psychology or behavioral science is expected, as well as a statistics course. However, the student can complete any deficiencies while enrolled in a first semester of the program.

can our degree program help 5. How you become a clinical mental health counselor?

The clinical mental health counseling program at Southern Adventist University is approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).You will become a proficient counselor and will gain experience that will help ensure your success in a clinical setting. You will also be prepared for more advanced educational programs and will complete the educational requirements for licensure. Besides, we facilitate the taking of the NCE exam that you need to obtain a Temporary License.

6. Temporary license?

Yes! Once you graduate you will begin the process of accumulating supervised hours while working in the field. In order to work after graduation, obtaining a temporary license (title varies from state to state) is often required for those who have met the education and exam requirements, but have not yet met the supervised experience requirement.

are the courses offered and at 9. When what cost?

Courses are generally held in the evening. Our graduate pricing per credit hour is very competitive. For tuition rates go to www.southern.edu.

long will it take to complete the 10. How program?

By taking classes offered during regular semesters and summer sessions, students may complete their degree program in six to seven semesters.

Required Courses (61 Hours) Clinical Practicum 1 & 2 Ethics & Legal Aspects of Counseling Theories and Techniques of Psychotherapy Principle of Counseling Counseling and Community Agencies Group Therapy and Procedures Psychopathology

Multicultural Issues in Counseling Advanced Lifespan Development Drugs and Addictions Marriage and Family Therapy 1 & 2 Statistics Assessment and Appraisal Research & Program Evaluation

Child & Adolescent Problems & Treatment Sexuality: Issues in Therapy Clinical Internship Career Counseling Administration of Counseling Services Clinical Internship: School Counseling


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