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MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Trauma & Crisis Counseling

Walden's online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Trauma and Crisis Counseling is designed to teach students the skills necessary to be a professional crisis counselor. Learn more about this MS program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Trauma and Crisis Counseling

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students to Walden's Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online program with a specialization in Trauma and Crisis Counseling should possess strong organizational and communication skills. Candidates must provide a transcript of either a bachelor's degree with at a 2.5 GPA or a 3.0 GPA in master's level work. Applicants should be seeking to learn skills relative to the mental health profession and a desire to work with clients suffering trauma or mental crises. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online program with a specialization in Trauma and Crisis Counseling at Walden can take courses aimed to prepare them to work as a professional licensed counselor. Learners may focus on intervention strategies, examine treatment models, and study how to respond to incidents of crisis and disasters in the community. Courses explore compassion fatigue and students have the opportunity to learn how to prevent it and support self-care for first responders and personnel throughout the profession. Some course topics include couples and family counseling, research methodology, diagnosis and assessment, and crisis management. Students might also participate in field experiences including supervised internships and face-to-face residencies.

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 Trauma and Crisis Counseling:

Walden's online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program with a specialization in Trauma and Crisis Counseling prepares students to be a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). However, qualifications are different for each state. Students should check the state in which they plan to work for licensing requirements. Once admitted, students must complete 16 mental health counseling core courses along with two specialization courses focusing on trauma and crises. Students must also meet all practicum, internship, and residency requirements to complete the program. 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)

  • Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue
  • Crisis Management

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:

Walden's Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Trauma and Crisis Counseling could lead graduates to pursue a doctorate in the mental health counseling field or expand their studies to psychology, social services, or clinical administration. Doctoral opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
  • Doctor of Social Work with a specialization in Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision

Career Paths:

Graduates with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Trauma and Crisis Counseling should be able to intervene and offer support in times of trauma, crisis, or a natural disaster. They could choose to seek licensure, and work with individuals and families or counsel first responders. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in a hospital
  • Licensed clinical counselor (LCC) in a trauma center
  • Licensed professional counselor (LPC) in social service agencies

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