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MS in Professional Counseling - Childhood & Adolescence Disorders

Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders could provide an educational path for those looking to become licensed youth counselors. Read on for more information about this program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants who possess the desire to work with children's mental health issues from an empathetic and ethical perspective may be interested in this program. Their goals might include working with children of all ages through difficult and challenging circumstances such as abuse, addiction, crisis, or trauma. Students in this program must be able to prove the completion of an accredited bachelor's degree program with a GPA minimum of 2.8. Those unable to meet this GPA minimum may instead show sufficient scores on the GRE or GMAT exam.

Program Description:

When enrolled in the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders program, students have the chance to learn more about providing children and adolescents the help they need to work through mental health struggles. From diagnosing developmental disorders to helping children work through school issues and child-parent relationships, students have the opportunity to identify and treat common disorders and issues. Once completed, this program could prepare graduates to work towards licensure as a clinical counselor. Supervised internships and practicums are also included in the coursework for this program.

Learning Format:

Online and Evening

Program Length:

74 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Various financial aid options, including scholarships, loans and grants, may be available. For more information about how to apply for financial aid, contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders

This program requires 74 credits of courses covering counseling, development, and child- and adolescent-specific issues. A practicum and internships are also included. Before enrolling in any program, please contact Grand Canyon University. Course options and degree programs are subject to change.

Core Requirements (74 credits)

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Counseling
  • Professional Counseling, Ethical, and Legal Considerations
  • Theories and Models of Counseling
  • Substance Use Disorders and Addictions
  • Counseling Skills
  • Counseling the Culturally Diverse
  • Group Counseling
  • Principles of Psychopharmacology
  • Human Sexuality and Issues of Aging
  • Lifespan and Development
  • Counseling Couples and Families
  • Abuse, Crisis, and Trauma Counseling
  • Assessments, Tests, and Measurements
  • Career Counseling
  • Research Methods and Program Evaluation
  • Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
  • Psychopathology
  • Assessment of Mental and Emotional Health Status
  • Development through Childhood and Adolescence
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Childhood and Adolescent Trauma
  • Psychopathology and Treatment of Children and Adolescence
  • Counseling Practicum
  • Counseling Internship I
  • Counseling Internship II

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Doctorate degrees in related subjects may be of interest to graduates of master's programs like this one who would like to advance their careers and employment opportunities. Candidates for advanced programs may be interested in specializing their study on certain age groups, environments such as schools, or on general children's clinical counseling.

Doctoral degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Infant and Early Childhood Development
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Child Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology

Career Paths:

Students who complete this program could be eligible to become licensed child counselors through various licensure programs. This licensure may allow candidates to work professionally with children as mental health practitioners in a variety of settings.

Entry-level positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Licensed Associate Counselor
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • School counselor
  • Child counselor

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