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:
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.
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
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
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
Student Learning Outcomes