West Coast University is proud to announce the new Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, designed inside and out to help prepare aspiring healthcare professionals for rewarding and impactful careers in the mental health field.
With more than 110 years educating generations of healthcare workers, we at WCU are aware of the importance of mental health in today’s environment. At a time when many are still grappling with the aftermath of COVID-19 and growing social unrest, mental health counselors are uniquely positioned to provide care and support to individuals, couples, and families.
“The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to be culturally competent, trauma-informed stalwart advocates for social justice so you can actively promote equity and access to effective and affirmative clinical mental health care for all. You bring you and we’ll teach you the rest!” said Dr. Colleen Logan, dean of the program.
The program is now accepting applications for the first available term, which begins Fall 2023.
What to Expect in the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Students will have the option of completing their coursework online or in a blended format, which combines both online and in-person learning. Students who choose the blended option will attend some of their classes at either our Center for Graduate Studies in Los Angeles or the WCU-Texas campus in Richardson. The 60-credit, 29-month curriculum allows students to earn their master’s degree in just under 2.5 years.
Regardless of which option they choose, students have the opportunity to interact in person with both peers and faculty during On-Site Intensives (OSIs) hosted at the university. During these events, students are able to get hands-on practice while receiving immediate feedback from instructors. These will take place over weekends to help accommodate working students.
Online students may also be able to attend local, in-person events such as seminars and roundtable discussions with classmates.
Students in the mental health counseling master’s program will take courses in topics such as crisis/trauma response and intervention, multicultural counseling, legal and ethical issues in counseling, and more.
Additionally, practicum and internship experiences help provide real-world experience before graduation. WCU offers assistance with practicum and internship placement as well as job placement assistance and a full range of career support services for students and alumni.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do mental health counselors do?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, mental health counselors evaluate a client’s mental health, addiction, or problematic behavior and help them develop the skills and tools necessary to recover or modify their behavior. In other words, they help people function better during their time of need. Additionally, they often refer clients to other resources and services, such as job placement services and support groups, and prepare clients to transition out of counseling.
What if my bachelor’s degree isn’t related to mental health counseling?
That’s alright! As long as you have an undergraduate degree in any field, you can apply for the master’s program. We will teach you the skills and tools you’ll need to enter the counseling field.
What is the coursework like in the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program?
The program includes a variety of innovative learning tools such as original video content, virtual simulations, and mobile-friendly study materials. Additionally, you’ll learn from leading industry professionals, participating in seminars and roundtable discussions on current topics in the counseling field.
How do I find facilities where I can complete my practicum and internship?
At WCU, we foster relationships with different healthcare facilities and can help you find a placement that meets requirements.
Is WCU’s mental health counseling master’s program CACREP-accredited?
WCU desires to obtain CACREP accreditation. Therefore, the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has been designed to align with CACREP accreditation standards so that the pursuit of accreditation can be facilitated.
Is financial aid available?
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify! You can explore our scholarship and grant options or get general information about financial aid.
Learn more about WCU’s mental health counseling master’s program and its admission requirements on our website, or fill out the form on this page to request more information.
WCU distance education programs are delivered out of the California and Texas campuses and may not be available to residents in all states.
WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individuals and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs or position of the school or of any instructor or student.