The specialization in Counseling prepares students to enter the field of professional counseling. Graduates of this program have a strong foundation in the principles and practices of promoting health in therapeutic relationships and in mental health environments. They are qualified to work as counselors and psychotherapists in a wide variety of settings such as community mental health centers, residential treatment facilities and social service agencies.
After successful completion of the coursework which includes the internship experience, students are eligible to apply for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) license in Kentucky. There are many other requirements for the LPC aside from the coursework requirements, including supervised hours post master’s degree. Students are therefore encouraged to stay abreast of the current requirements and also the qualification required to take the LPC exam. Additionally, students should also be aware that LPC licensing can vary from state to state, and thus are encouraged to make sure they are aware of these different qualifications should they decide to practice outside of the state of Kentucky.
The M.A. in Counseling is also a foundation for the Licensed Psychological Associate and the Licensed Psychological Practitioner certifications from the Kentucky State Board of Examiners of Psychology. Complete information may be found at the official website of the Kentucky State Board of Examiners of Psychology.