Mental Health Counseling Program
An exciting and fast-growing career within the mental health profession today is that of the professional counselor. The professional counselor has seen phenomenal growth and has had remarkable accomplishments in the past decade. The Mental Health Counseling Program at Emporia State University offers flexibility in preparing professional counselors for a variety of ever-changing careers in the mental health profession.
The Mental Health Counseling Program is at the forefront of meeting the future challenges in the mental health profession, satisfying the criteria for certification and licensure. Specific therapy and consultation careers provide individual group therapy in the areas of substance abuse, crisis intervention, marriage and family, children and adolescents, older adults, veterans, religious, employment, employee assistance, and career counseling - privately or within agencies.
The mission of the Mental Health Counseling Program at Emporia State University is to develop competent, compassionate counselors. Our program is holistic in focus, with an array of courses that expose students to the theoretical, ethical and legal, and multicultural components of the mental health profession. We stress the importance of the counselor-client relationship in coursework and practice. The program is teaching-centered and professors are readily available for students to interact, ask questions, and seek guidance. The program is designed to prepare students for Kansas licensure requirements. The program is CACREP accredited and is constantly evolving to meet higher standards of proficiency.
The program prepares professional counselors who qualify for membership in the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) www.amhca.org and the American Counseling Association (ACA) www.counseling.org, the nation’s two primary professional mental health counseling associations. A degree in mental health counseling provides an identity for mental health counselors as they work with other human service providers in agencies, group homes, businesses, hospitals, and private practice.
The curriculum is designed to meet national preparation standards. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) www.cacrep.org and the Higher Learning Commission (HCL) www.ncahlc.org, the regional accrediting body.
The full-time faculty in the Mental Health Counseling Program have earned doctorates in special areas of expertise. The excellence and commitment of the faculty, and of qualified part-time faculty, are reflected in their success as practitioners, scholars, consultants, and teachers.
Licensure and Certification
The Mental Health Counseling Program meets Licensed Professional Counselor (LCP) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) requirements of the state of Kansas and national certifying boards. Although other states' requirements vary, most are patterned after a national board.
The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) www.nbcc.org was established to promote professional credentialing standards for counselors. Eligibility for NBCC certification consists of graduating from this CACREP accredited Mental Health Counseling Program and passing the National Counselor Exam (NCE).
Licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Kansas requires a master's degree with at least 60 semester hours in the specified areas and to have passed the NCE. After two years experience as a LCP, one is eligible to take the LCPC exam.
To request additional information about our Mental Health Counseling graduate program please contact us at http://www.emporia.edu/grad/moreinfo.htm