The Master of Arts in Counseling program will help you develop the skills to become a licensed professional counselor or licensed marriage and family therapist. You will receive the mentoring and instruction to aid you in success. Throughout the program students are able to work collaboratively with faculty while developing counseling skills.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) track is designed for students who have an interest in working with individual clients in a variety of counseling and mental health settings and private practice. This track prepares graduates to apply for licensure as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) in Texas. The Marriage, Family & Child Counseling (MFCC) track is for individuals who want to work in a variety of public settings that serve couples and families in the community or in private practice. This track prepares graduates to apply for licensure as an LMFT (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist) in Texas. The main difference between the Clinical Mental Health track and the Marriage and Family track is the focus - the CMHC track focuses on individual interventions, and the MFCC track focuses on helping clients through a relational or systemic intervention (couples or families).
Both of these degree tracks are nationally accredited by CACREP (the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) until 2020, which means that the curriculum and training experiences meet national standards within the counseling profession. CACREP accreditation is an added bonus for graduates who may later move outside the state of Texas, as the CACREP standards meet or exceed licensure requirements in most states. These programs also meet the standards desired by the Federal Government for individuals who want to work within the Department of Defense and/or the Veteran's Administration.