Are you looking for a career where you can help transform lives? With an online counseling degree in clinical mental health you'll be prepared to work with clients across a spectrum of mental and emotional disorders. Clinical Mental Health Counselors are knowledgeable in the principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, referral, and prevention, and often work in interdisciplinary teams with other health professionals.
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.
- Master of Science in Counseling Annual Report 2014-15 Academic Year
- Master of Science in Counseling Annual Report 2015-16 Academic Year
|MACP53250||Counseling Special Populations||3|
|MACSJ53010||Social Justice in Counseling||4|
|MASG 51010||Counseling Theory||3|
|MACP51280||Counseling the Depressed Client||3|
|MASP52030||Foundations of Somatic Psychology & Body/Mind Psychotherapy: Historical Roots & Current Applications||3|
|MACP50090||Assessment: Psychological Testing and Appraisal in Counseling||3|
- 2 letters of recommendation
- Completed Application
- Current resume
- Official transcripts
- Personal statement
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Art Therapist
- Wilderness Therapist
- 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
It doesn't really feel like an online program...it feels like a residential program where we all just live in different places and come together and see each other every now and again."