Counseling is not just a degree. It’s a life-changing experience.
From time to time, students and adults alike encounter life obstacles that simply can’t be overcome alone. Counselors can provide opportunities for students and clients to gain self-awareness, analyze problem situations, gain new perspectives, and explore behavioral choices. And for those who are looking to extend their studies, UM’s master’s degree in Counseling can position you for a successful career in three degree areas: Clinical Mental Health counseling, School counseling, or Couples and Family counseling. All degree tracks are certified by the prestigious Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. Additionally, successful completion of the master’s degree qualifies graduates to take the exam that leads to licensure as a Professional Counselor in Alabama.
Clinical Mental Health
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of mental health counselors is expected to grow by 36% between 2010-2020, which is much more than the average for all occupations. If you’re preparing for a career at a mental health center, substance abuse treatment facility, hospital, or any other similar setting, UM will have you prepared to facilitate change and empower clients through best practice in mental health counseling.
Couples & Family
Relationships within couple, marriage, and family units can face times of tension and crisis. In such times, counselors can provide a sounding board, mediation, and guidance for those willing to work towards relational stability. Graduate students in UM’s Couple & Family counseling track will draw from a body of research-based knowledge and “best practices” in counseling techniques in order to provide assistance to those who are facing obstacles. Additionally, graduates are eligible to pursue licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Alabama.
Teaching can be hard when students are distracted by learning difficulties, home problems, and other life stressors. School counselors can provide an invaluable resource to classroom teachers and school districts. UM’s School Counseling degree track will prepare you to provide assistance to elementary and secondary students in order to help them grow and succeed. In addition to eligibility for the LPC credential, the School Counseling program leads to a recommendation for Alabama Class A certification in Counseling and Guidance.
Counseling Program Recent Events
Counseling student Lucy White (known as Farmer Lucy to the students) is integrating organic gardening with individual and group counseling and classroom guidance at a low SES Birmingham City School. The children have also built a produce stand where they sell fresh vegetables to the neighborhood.
Dr. James Jackson collaborating with students learning the DSM 5
Spring 2015 Chi Chapter inductees of Chi Sigma Iota