Department of
Counselor Education


Clinical Counseling Program


Frequently Asked Questions


What is a clinical counselor?

The American Mental Health Counselors Association (2013) describes clinical mental health counselors as "…highly-skilled professionals who provide flexible, consumer-oriented therapy [and] combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution.‖ More information regarding the counseling profession can be found at and


How stable is a career in mental health counseling?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, 2012-2013) reported that the need for mental health counselors was expected to grow faster than average from 2010 to 2020 at a pace of 36% nationally and 38% in the state of Kansas. Mental health counselors are now licensed by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This growth is expected to increase as the profession increases its advocacy efforts to obtain Medicare reimbursement and full access to the Veteran’s Administration training programs and treatment facilities as well as the training of mental health counselors worldwide.


How much money can a professional clinical counselor earn?

Although wage data regarding all mental health counselors is unavailable and varies depending upon area of specialty and work setting, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, 2012-2013) provides general data regarding the annual salary ranges for mental health counselors. In 2012, the median annual salary for mental health counselors in the United States was $40,080 with a range of $25,400 to $66,600. In Kansas, the annual salary of mental health counselors ranged from $26,500 to $53,100 with a median of $36,900.

According to a study conducted by Psychotherapy Finances (as cited by the American Mental Health Counselors Association, 2013), the median cost per session for clinical mental health counselors was $63, compared to a median cost of $75 for psychologists, and $60 for clinical social workers and marriage and family therapists.


What will I be able to do?

Although the practice privileges of mental health counselors vary by state to state, nationalized training standards allow mental health counselors to provide a full range of services including: assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders according to the current edition of the DSM and ICD; individual, group, and family counseling and psychotherapy; treatment planning and utilization review; create and facilitate psycho-educational and prevention programs; crisis management; and consultation.


Where can I practice?    

Clinical counselors practice in a variety of settings with diverse populations. They can be specialist or generalist practitioners in private practice, community agencies, managed behavioral health care organizations, integrated delivery systems, hospitals, employee assistance programs, and substance abuse treatment centers.


Why Emporia State University?

Emporia State's clinical counseling program has a long tradition of leadership and excellence within the counseling profession. We are at the forefront of meeting the future challenges in the mental health counseling profession as well as satisfying the criteria for certification and licensure.

Our clinical counseling program was the first mental health program in Kansas accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is currently one of only three CACREP accredited clinical mental health programs in Kansas. The CACREP Standards (2009) are commonly recognized as the approved educational standards for state licensure boards, government agencies, and third-party payer sources across the nation. In fact, some states require graduation from a CACREP accredited program in order to be licensed as a
mental health counselor while others provide faster pathways to licensure with a degree from a CACREP accredited program. Please visit for additional information regarding the benefits of accreditation.

Additionally, students enrolled in the clinical counseling program will have the opportunity to take courses with students from various programs including school counseling, rehabilitation counseling, and art therapy counseling.

Finally, the clinical counseling program includes a state of the art training clinic (Community Counseling Services) where students have the opportunity to begin providing supervised counseling services to local community members while receiving clinical supervision from a licensed faculty member.


Who can I contact to find out detailed information about the Clinical Counseling program?


Associate Professor


Where is the Clinical Counseling program located?

If you need to mail something to the program, please send it to our mailing address:

Clinical Counseling
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801

The Earl Center, the office building that is home to Clinical Counseling, is located off of State Street across from Hammond Park. The two story, brick building houses the program in the Department of Counselor Education on the top level; the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence is located on the bottom level.

The physical address of the building is:

Clinical Counseling (not on the ESU main campus)
Department of Counselor Education
Earl Center, Rm # 214
1601 State Street
Emporia, KS

Parking is free of charge and available in the parking lot surrounding The Earl Center.