Students enrolled in a natural health counseling master's program learn how to work with individuals using methods that combine mental, spiritual and emotional wholeness. Those who are interested in applying to such a program should first make sure that the curriculum included meets the national standards for licensure as a mental health counselor.
To enroll, students must have a baccalaureate degree, with courses in psychology, counseling, and social work recommended. Most programs require 60 credit hours of coursework, as well as the completion of an internship. These degrees are typically two years worth of full time study.
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Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling
Many of the seminar courses included within a master's degree program in natural health counseling combine methods of counseling with specific theories relating to holistic health. Some examples of required courses might include:
- Theories of holistic counseling
- Mind/body connection
- Family therapy practices
- Group counseling process
- Assessment and treatment
- Human behavior
- Research methods
- Counseling through creative arts
- Counseling practicum
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that individuals in the mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy field held about 168,200 positions in the U.S. in 2014. Mental health counselors earned a median annual salary of $48,600 as of May 2015. Holistic counselors can work in the fields of marriage and family counseling, mental health counseling, and behavioral disorder counseling (www.bls.gov).
Certification and Continuing Education
All 50 U.S. states have licensure requirements for counselors, although requirements vary by state. Most do require the completion of a master's degree, and many states will accept a master's degree in holistic counseling as an adequate prerequisite.
Aspiring counselors who are interested in specializing on natural health approaches can enroll in a Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling degree program, learning about natural healing techniques and counseling theory. All counselors must be licensed to practice in the United States, and these master's degrees will typically qualify students for such.