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Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Counseling, M.S.Ed.)

This program prepares students to practice as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in diverse contexts. As part of the overall CACREP accredited counseling program, Clinical Mental Health Counseling students are exposed to a wide variety of theories and skills, research and assessment techniques, professional identity and ethical concerns, as well as the importance of advocacy and multicultural-social justice principles for working with clients. Our students can expect to be challenged, supported, and encouraged to excel throughout their learning experience toward earning their master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and begin their residency towards the LPC.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Counseling, M.S.Ed.)


Description


What is Clinical Mental Health Counseling at ODU like?

This program prepares students to practice as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in diverse contexts. As part of the overall CACREP accredited counseling program, Clinical Mental Health Counseling students are exposed to a wide variety of theories and skills, research and assessment techniques, professional identity and ethical concerns, as well as the importance of advocacy and multicultural-social justice principles for working with clients. Our students can expect to be challenged, supported, and encouraged to excel throughout their learning experience toward earning their master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and begin their residency towards the LPC.

Program Highlights


What makes Clinical Mental Health Counseling at ODU unique?

  • Opportunities for study abroad in Italy and Ireland to count for select classes

  • Chance to take the National Counselor Exam before you graduate

  • Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP)

  • Elect to take courses as a full-time or part-time student

  • Courses are offered in the late-afternoons and evenings to accommodate students with multiple responsibilities

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Mental Health Counselors

$48,050 (Approx)

MEDIAN SALARY


Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.

Marriage and Family Therapists

$53,860

MEDIAN SALARY


Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

$48,050 (Approx)

MEDIAN SALARY


Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, Optima Health, Envision Family Services, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter

Courses


What are some courses offered in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at ODU?

COUN 670:
Introduction to Counseling Supervision


This course provides an opportunity to learn one's personal style for supervision, to have supervised field supervision experiences and to gain an understanding of the different models of supervision. Prerequisites: Admission to the Counseling Graduate Program or graduate director approval; COUN 601, COUN 669.

COUN 691:
Family Systems and Family Development


The course offers a study of the family as a system, family life cycle stages, tasks, and difficulties that families may experience as they move through their developmental stages. Concepts and principles applicable to helping people within a systems perspective will also be discussed. Prerequisites: Admission to the Counseling graduate program or graduate director approval; COUN 601, COUN 633, and COUN 650.

COUN 680:
Mental Health Counseling


This course will examine the broad range of roles and functions of the mental health counselor within contemporary professional practice settings. Prerequisites: Admission to the counseling graduate program or graduate director approval.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Clinical Mental Health Counseling at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Science in Education program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Applicants may hold a bachelor’s degree in any field and must submit the following:

  • Online application at the Office of Graduate Admissions website

  • Current resume

  • Essay

  • Official Transcripts

  • GRE Scores waived for Fall 2021 (for Spring 2022) and Spring 2022 (for Summer and Fall 2022) applications

  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Assistantships


Counseling master’s degree students are sometimes awarded assistantships in various ODU offices including Academic Skills, Financial Aid, Office of Intercultural Relations, Resident Life, Student Activities, Student Development, Student Health Services, Student Life, and Vice President of Student Services. Students interesting in obtaining an assistantship should apply directly to offices on campus that have assistantships.

Next Steps


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Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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Counseling Master's and Ed.S. Programs Director


Name:

Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott



Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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