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MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Military Families & Culture

Walden's online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program with a specialization in Military Families and Culture could prepare students to be licensed counselors to military personnel and families. Learn about this MS program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Military Families and Culture

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Walden's online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Military Families and Culture program expects applicants to enter with a bachelor's degree and a 2.5 GPA or a 3.0 GPA in master's coursework. Students thinking of applying must be able to demonstrate skills in time-management, writing, and communication. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

This program gives students the chance to learn the advanced skills needed to become a professional mental health counselor and work with military personnel and their families. Students in Walden University's online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program with a specialization in Military Families and Culture may gain insight into military culture including the world of work for troops and what military families experience. Students could learn about the mental health needs of these groups and how to support them during times of relocation, deployment, injuries related to combat, and separation from family. This program also offers field experience including a practicum and internship possibilities. Courses may examine post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addictive disorders, diagnosis and assessment, and the best practices in mental health counseling.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

100 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Military Families and Culture:

The online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Military Families and Culture curriculum at Walden begins with one counseling foundation course taken ahead of the core courses. To be eligible for graduation, those enrolled must take two military counseling specialization courses and two pre-practicum courses wherein they will complete their residency. Students must also finish hours in a supervised practicum and professional internship. This program aims to prepare students for licensure or certification. Requirements are different for each state; students should check the state in which they plan to work for licensing requirements. Degree and program information is subject to change; contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Course (1 credit)

  • Foundation for Graduate Study in Counseling

Core Courses (80 credits)

  • Introduction to Mental Health Counseling
  • Techniques in Counseling
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories
  • Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Assessment in Counseling and Education
  • Lifespan Development
  • Diagnosis and Assessment
  • Group Process and Dynamics
  • Research Methodology and Program Evaluation
  • Couples and Family Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Social Change in Action: Prevention, Consultation, and Advocacy
  • Counseling Addictive Disorders
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Crises, Trauma, and Disaster Response

Specialization Courses (10 credits)

  • Military Culture
  • Working With Military Spouses, Families, and Children

Pre-Practicum Labs (0 credits)

  • Students will attend a four-day residency with each of the following courses:
    • Pre-Practicum 1
    • Pre-Practicum 2

Field Experience (9 credits)

  • Students must complete 100 hours in the following:
    • Counseling Practicum
  • Students must complete a total of 600 hours in the following courses:
    • Internship I
    • Internship II

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

A Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Military Families and Culture could prepare students to continue their education with a doctoral degree. Students may want to stay within the realm of military and veteran's care or branch out into human services or operations management. Doctoral opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
  • Doctor of Social Work with a specialization in Social Work Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Social Services with a specialization in Military Families and Culture

Career Paths:

Graduates from Walden's online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Military Families and Culture program could support the mental health needs of military individuals and families through hardships and combat crisis. They should be able to evaluate treatments and choose appropriate interventions for these groups. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in a veteran's clinic
  • Licensed clinical counselor (LCC) in a residential treatment center
  • Licensed professional counselor (LPC) in private practice

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