The Master of Arts in Counseling degree has concentrations in the areas of Clinical Mental Health and School counseling. The UAB Counselor Education Program's School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentations are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). At the Master's level, students acquire core knowledge and clinical skills which enable them to enter the profession of counseling. The school counseling concentration requires approximately 4 to 5 semesters or 2.5 years to complete. The clinical mental health counseling concentration requires approximately 5 to 6 semesters or 3 years to complete.
Master Of Arts in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Concentration, CACREP Accredited
The Clinical Mental Health Concentration is designed to prepare students to demonstrate knowledge and skills with several counseling modalities appropriate for a broad range of clients in a multicultural society interact effectively with other helping professionals and referral resources; make appropriate counselor-client related decisions in the context of professional, ethical, and legal guidelines; fill effectively, entry-level positions of professional responsibility within the specialization of agency counseling. Counselors who are graduates in Counselor Education in the Clinical Mental Health concentration work in diverse settings. Career opportunities include employment in mental health agencies, private practice, substance abuse rehabilitation facilities, and other non-profit agencies such as child advocacy centers, crisis centers, women's counseling centers, and family service centers.
Master of Arts in Counseling, School Counseling Concentration (CACREP Accredited)
The School Counseling Concentration educates professionals responsible for enabling diverse students to achieve success in school and to develop into contributing members of our society. Graduates of our counseling program are ethically obligated to strive toward optimum psychological health and to engage in self-care activities which attend to the physical, mental, spiritual, and psychological dimensions. According to the American School Counseling Association, "the purpose of a counseling program in a school setting is to promote and enhance the learning process." The goal of the program is to enable all students to achieve success in school and to develop into contributing member of our society. We believe that professional school counselors value and honor diversity, equity, and equality of all people. We believe that professional school counselors must be proactive change agents and advocates for all people. We believe that professional school counselors are obligated to confront their own beliefs and assumptions and change biased behavior regarding sexism, ageism, racism, and homophobia We believe that professional school counselors are ethically obligated to strive toward optimum psychological health and to engage in self-care activities which attend to the physical, mental, spiritual, and psychological dimensions. We believe that academic preparation process must emphasize the application of theory to practice and encompass opportunities for experiential learning throughout the program.