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Master of Arts in Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling program prepares counseling practitioners in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. Courses are designed to train graduates to be counselors in agencies, schools, correctional facilities, treatment centers, and private practice. The program offers a wide variety of courses to prepare graduates to feel proficient in both individual and group counseling. 

Students are well prepared to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in West Virginia and in other states. For those students who plan to work outside of West Virginia, the department will be happy to assist in discerning whether or not our program meets that particular state's licensure requirements.  

The program offers two related tracks of study, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling
group counseling

This graduate program teaches students many different intervention strategies that can be used in the community or in treatment facilities.
The counseling program prepares students to become licensed professional counselors in West Virginia.

Clinical mental health counselors work in many different settings, such as mental-health centers, drug-treatment centers, prisons, juvenile treatment centers, and private practice. They work with adolescents, adults, the elderly, those addicted to drugs and alcohol, or the severely mentally challenged.  Many graduates work in outpatient mental-health settings, in teams with medical doctors, or in private practice. Others choose to work in correctional facilities or for companies. Some clinical mental health counselors emphasize working with couples and families or with adolescents, while others specialize in grief counseling or crisis counseling. 

School Counseling
school counselor

This graduate program trains school counselors to work with students with personal and academic concerns. School counselors help students with educational success, interpersonal skills, and self-understanding and strive to create a total school environment in which students see themselves as important players in the success of both the school and themselves.  This graduate program trains students in counseling interventions, theories, and techniques. These include individual counseling, conflict management, peer mediation, student mentoring, and group counseling. Counselors also work with teachers, parents, administrators, local business leaders, and community leaders in a variety of ways.

Counselors assist young people to personalize education and planning so they can maximize their talents and opportunities. School counselors create, develop, and shape innovative strategies that enable students to be satisfied learners as well as productive, educated citizens. School counselors are involved in personal counseling, career guidance, vocational and educational counseling, family counseling, and consultation on classroom problems with teachers and administrators.

This program prepares graduates for certification in West Virginia and most other states as school counselors for levels K-12.

To request more information about either track of the Master of Arts in Counseling program, please contact:

Kelly Webber 
Administrative Secretary, Sr. 
Phone: (304) 293-3808 

Ed Jacobs, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Coordinator of Counseling 
Phone: (304) 293-2177 

This program is one of two counselor education program in the state of West Virginia that is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).