Common Mental Health Degree Course Areas
- Assessment and Evaluation in Counseling
- Diagnosis of Emotional and Mental Disorders
- Group Counseling
- Prevention and Intervention in Crisis and Trauma
- Human Development
Gaining Work Experience in Mental Health Counseling
Every state requires that graduate degree holders take part in 1-2 years of supervised work experience, varying state to state. This requirement can be completed after the degree program has been completed or in conjunction with the appropriate degree program. Students must find a licensed mental health counselor that is willing to supervise future mental health counselors in order to complete this requirement.
Resources are available in each state to assist students with finding a licensed professional to work under. This work experience provides future counselors with the necessary expertise needed to work in the field.
Willing acceptance of critique during this supervision period is a positive attribute that professionals should use to better their overall practice.
Preparing for Counseling Licensure
In addition to the educational requirements and work experience, students are also required to pass the state board exam in their respective state as a last step to becoming licensed. These exams are designed to test different aspects within their specialization in order to guarantee that the licensees going through the program meet the state’s standards for practice with the public.
Each state values the integrity of their licensure system, making it a very thorough process regardless of the location. View our state counseling licensure information.
Clincal Mental Health Counseling Career Options
Substance Abuse Counselor
Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse with drugs and alcohol. Counselors in this profession will study the behavioral patterns of their client and find out why they need to depend on and experiment with these substances. From evaluation, these counselors will then tackle different obstacles for their client to overcome addiction.
For those that have not been able to figure out their passion in life, a life coach offers a way to develop a plan for people to achieve their goals and maximum potential. This could be a professional or personal effort, such as changing careers or exercising. These counselors evaluate the ongoing relationship and alter these goals when necessary. Encouragement is often necessary, but counselors must have their client achieve various steps for accountability.