Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Arts

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Program Overview

Practice intersectional clinical mental health counseling.

Building on Agnes Scott's commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling* prepares students to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) through an intersectional approach to mental health counseling.

Our M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling integrates empirical science, rigorous coursework, and supervised clinical training experience to prepare graduates to counsel individuals dealing with the complex issues of today.

This counseling program will provide graduates with the necessary skills to offer mental health services to individuals across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, and adults. Additionally, graduates will be prepared to provide counseling services relevant for families, couples, and groups with a wide range of clinical concerns.

*Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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What You'll Learn

Competencies are grounded in clinical strategies, diagnosis, counseling interventions, ethics, and research and evaluation. The program prepares graduates for licensure. Students who complete the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  • Engage in the delivery of counseling, including individual and group counseling, supervision, testing, interviewing, diagnosis, and assessment in an effort to promote emotional health and well-being
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in the social and behavioral sciences and its application to the profession of mental health counseling to prepare you to become an LPC
  • Gain meaningful experiences through internship and clinical practica

Program Highlights

Our Intersectional Methodology

Through the lens of race, gender, and sexuality, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Agnes Scott is distinct. Graduate students who complete our program will benefit from an enhanced ability to work with individuals, groups, and communities representing diverse populations and to deliver ethical and culturally responsive mental health services.

Designed for Working Professionals

This program offers a flexible schedule to accommodate working professionals, with class meetings in the evenings on Agnes Scott's campus. Students complete the program in five semesters (22 months) of full-time study.

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Admission Requirements

There is no application fee or GRE required for admission consideration.

Admission Requirements

Meet the Program Director

Maryham Jernigan-Noesi

Maryam Jernigan-Noesi

Interim Director of Mental Health Counseling, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Careers in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Agnes Scott's mental health counseling program is committed to the development of graduates who are guided by theories that inform the intersectional and cultural experiences of diverse populations.

We intentionally work to ensure that graduates are well-versed in inclusive counseling practice that acts to reduce barriers to treatment provision and prepares mental health professionals to serve all individuals, groups, and communities.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensure exam. LPCs provide counseling in a variety of settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Private Practice
  • Schools
  • Treatment Centers
  • and more

  • Child & Adolescent Counseling
  • Couples & Family Counseling
  • Drug & Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • School Counselor
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