Careers & Ministry Opportunities

Career options for people with licensure in mental health counseling are widely varied. Positions include private practice clinician, staff counselor, case manager, emergency responder, intake counselor, group counselor, psychological assessment specialist, school mental health counselor, career counselor, trauma counselor, crisis interventionist, camp/retreat mental health counselor, church and parachurch staff counselor, mental health counselor to missionaries/mission teams, and professor.

Graduates with an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling are needed in a wide variety of secular and Christian settings including:

  • Publicly or privately funded community agencies
  • Private practice offices
  • Church-related therapy centers
  • Public and private schools
  • Community colleges, universities, seminaries, and graduate schools
  • Behavioral health hospitals with inpatient, day-patient, and/or outpatient programs
  • Substance abuse and addiction inpatient and outpatient programs
  • Denominational, local church, and mission agencies needing mental health specialists
  • Law enforcement agencies, prisons, and halfway houses
  • Group homes for children, adolescents, and adults

Our program will prepare students who are considering continuing on in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or related mental health and psychotherapy studies, or for doctoral education.