Do you want to help make a difference by working with individuals and families affected by alcohol, drugs, gambling, sexual, and other addictive disorders? This online addictions counseling program takes a trauma-informed approach that focuses on models of treatment, prevention, recovery, and relapse prevention of addiction, along with the appropriate application of appropriate interventions. 

Unlike 100% online degrees, this online counseling program is a limited-residency format that combines online classes, mentored studies, and in-person opportunities to connect with faculty and other students.

At Prescott College you'll also be able to choose from optional program concentrations that can enhance your practice as a professional counselor. These include Adventure-based psychotherapy, Ecotherapy, Equine-Assisted Mental Health and Expressive Art Therapy. You also have the option to pursue an emphasis in Somatic Counseling, Social Justice Counseling, or Veterans Counseling.

Regardless of how you choose to customize your online counseling degree, the counseling program at Prescott College is grounded in: 

  • A vision of mental health that is founded in the concept of experiential awareness.
  • Learning that is grounded in a holistic approach to the client’s personal growth. Mind, body, spirit, and cultural context are honored so clients can come to realize their potential for happiness.
  • Integration of personal learning goals within state-required courses in Counseling support a professionally credible, student-directed educational experience.
  • Limited-residency format that allows students to pursue their programs of study where they live and work without interrupting jobs, family life, or connections to their own communities.
  • Core courses are infused with the distinctive Prescott College values of ecological stewardship and social justice, incorporating an awareness of and sensitivity to the environmental and cultural contexts in which learning and the application of learning occur.
  • The program is geared toward licensure. We aim to prepare every graduate for a career as an independently functioning Mental Health Counselor who can contribute powerfully to the promotion and facilitation of health and healing.
  • Students complete their courses with qualified mentors and instructors who are experts in the course content areas within the field of counseling.

*Completion of a graduate-level counseling degree may not lead to licensure in all states/regions. All applicants are strongly encouraged to research licensure requirements in their own states/countries, especially in the following locations: Kentucky, California, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Ohio, and Greenland. Those applicants planning to work for the Department of Veteran's affairs are also encouraged to research employment requirements for military and veteran counselors.


The Prescott College Master of Science in Counseling program issues an annual report each year.  To view our annual report, select a year below. You can also view program statistics


Sample Courses

Course Code Course Credits
MACP50000 Professional Orientation to Mental Health Counseling 3
MACP50010 Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 3
MASG 50020 Human Growth and Development 3
MACP50030 Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling 3
MACP50040 Research and Program Evaluation in Mental Health Counseling 3
MACP50051 Consultation and Prevention in Mental Health Counseling 3
MACP50060 Helping Relationships: Basic Counseling Skills 3
MACP50070 Career and Lifestyle Development: Challenges of Adulthood 3
MACP51190 Professional Counseling Ethics 3
MASG 51010 Counseling Theory 3
MACP50080 Group Work: Clinical Theory and Practice 3
MACP50090 Assessment: Psychological Testing and Appraisal in Counseling 3

Application Requirements

  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Completed Application
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement

Career Outcomes

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

Learning Outcomes

  • Professional competence in counseling skills and practice
  • The ability to integrate global and local issues with professional counseling practice
  • An awareness of the need to cultivate respect for cultural differences and similarities and the ability to apply this cultural sensitivity to the counseling profession
  • Identification and development of a personal theoretical knowledge base that promotes an intentional counseling practice
  • The skills to assess, develop, and apply interventions and techniques based on the culture, uniqueness, and needs of each client
  • An awareness and understanding of how to resolve ethical and legal issues in the counseling profession

Prescott College offers something really unique and that uniqueness involves having a program that weaves into the fabrics: somatics, eco-psychology, expressive arts therapy, equine therapy, adventure-based therapy. I'm learning from all of those people in my cohort."

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Jodi Straker

Jodi Straker