The Marquette University Board of Trustees has approved the proposal for a new 60-credit masters degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The program is based upon the standards of both the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). It will be offered and administered by the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, which is pursuing accreditation through both organizations.
“I’m truly excited about the new Master’s degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling," says Dean Bill Henk,"The degree will move us significantly forward with our accreditation goals, enable our graduates to be licensed in 19 additional states, and position us even more so as a leader in the field.”
During a time when the demand for overall employment of counselors is expected to increase by 21% before 2016 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), the Marquette program aims to make its students even more marketable. The program, which can be completed by a full-time student in 23 months, will meet licensure requirements in all 50 states. Students will have a choice of three counseling tracks:
The 60-credit Addiction-Mental Health track will be particularly unique, as it is one of only a few graduate programs in the country which will specialize in the integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders. The specialty will be dedicated to training professional counselors in evidence-based and emerging best practices in clinical mental health counseling and the integrated treatment of addiction and co-occurring mental health issues, and disabilities.
In addition to increasing the department's eligibility to apply for the U.S. Department of Education RSA long-term training grants, the new program will provide opportunities for research through both the 7Cs Clinics and Behavioral Health Research Services and the Behavior Clinic.