Counseling

Mental health awareness has never been more front and center in our culture. Issues like PTSD and suicide are starting to be addressed in ways that past generations never knew. Counselors are on the front lines of this new awareness. As their roles expand in cultural importance, counselors are experiencing a surge in the demand for employment.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts much faster than average job growth for mental health counselors over the next decade as improvements in healthcare access allow people to more easily afford counseling services.  

When you enroll in one of KU’s CACREP accredited graduate counseling programs you will:

  • Benefit from mentoring relationships with nationally recognized faculty
  • Participate in meaningful research and service projects
  • Experience a wide range of hands-on counseling activities
  • Develop life-long friendships with fellow students.

Our graduates go on to become Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Counselors, and Certified School Counselors. You can choose to begin professional work directly upon completion or further your studies by pursuing a doctoral degree. 

Counseling Programs

There are three specific tracks associated with a master's degree in counseling:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling—This degree will prepare you to serve in settings such as a community mental health agency, the Veterans Administration, a hospital, drug and alcohol treatment organization, a college/university, or in private practice. The average salary of a clinical psychologist can top $100,000 depending on your location and practice.

Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling—This degree will prepare you to help people find their way through tough times and assist couples and families in their relationships. If you can be comfortable hearing about a person’s most intimate problems and concerns, are non-judgmental and enjoy helping people improve their lives you’ll go far in this field.

School Counseling—From elementary school all through college, school counselors are responsible for supporting the academic, personal, and developmental health of thousands of students across America. This is vital role requires patience and excellent listening skills, as you’ll become an important resource to today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders. The median wage for school and career counselors is approximately $55,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries vary based on location and whether a counselor works in a public or private school. 

Take the first step

Counseling can be a rewarding career in a growing profession. Choosing to become a professional counselor is a commitment to yourself, to others, and to society. If you’re ready to begin your journey, we invite you to contact the Department of Counselor Education.

Sample Career Options

  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • School Counselor
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Addiction and Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Spiritual Counselor
  • Geriatric Counselor
  • Veterans Counselor
  • Domestic Violence Counselor
  • Child Pediatric Counselor
  • Child Abuse Counselor
  • Community Mental Health Counselor
  • Suicide Counselor
  • Depression Counselor
  • Transformational Counselor
  • Grief Counselor

Student Learning Outcomes

  • MA/MS in Counseling Programs
    1. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice.
    2. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Social and Cultural Diversity.
    3. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Human Growth and Development.
    4. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Career Development.
    5. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Helping Relationships.
    6. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Group Work.
    7. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Assessment.
    8. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Research and Program Evaluation.
    9. Demonstrates the ability to competently provide the services and meet the responsibilities of a professional counselor.
  • MA/MS in Counseling Programs
    1. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice.
    2. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Social and Cultural Diversity.
    3. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Human Growth and Development.
    4. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Career Development.
    5. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Helping Relationships.
    6. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Group Work.
    7. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Assessment.
    8. Demonstrates content knowledge in the CACREP core area of Research and Program Evaluation.
    9. Demonstrates the ability to competently provide the services and meet the responsibilities of a professional counselor.

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