The Adler Graduate School prepares students to pursue the professional role of clinical mental health counselor. This is a nationally recognized field in the practice of mental health. Professional counselors typically hold a license as an LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor and/or a license as an LPCC - Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.
Clinical mental health counselors work in numerous settings that provide education and mental health services to individuals, couples, and families. In terms of coursework and professional preparation, clinical mental health counselors vary from marriage and family therapists in that the clinical mental health counselor's focus is more on individual growth and development. Though clinical mental health counselors work with couples and families, it is more typical that their professional practice is individually focused.
The Adler Graduate School's academic program emphasis in clinical mental health counseling is constructed around State of Minnesota criteria for licensure as a professional counselor. Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors are overseen by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy, 2829 University Ave SE Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55414, phone (612) 617-2178. The LPC and LPCC are nationally recognized mental health licenses existing in nearly all 50 states. Some AGS students elect to pursue dual licensure, typically LMFT and LPC/LPCC.
Foundation CoursesArea Total: 9 Credits Minimum Required
Introduction to Adlerian Psychology and Child Guidance
The Helping RelationshipArea Total: 3 Credits Minimum Required
Basic Counseling Skills
Human Growth and DevelopmentArea Total: 3 Credits Minimum Required
Lifestyle Development and Career DevelopmentArea Total: 3 Credits Minimum Required
Foundations of Career Development
Group Dynamics, Processes, Counseling, and ConsultingArea Total: 3 Credits Minimum Required
Group Psychotherapy and Counseling
Assessment and AppraisalArea Total: 3 Credits Minimum Required
Social and Cultural IssuesArea Total: 3 Credits Minimum Required
Principles of Etiology, Treatment Planning, and Prevention ofMarital and Emotional Disorders and Dysfunctional BehaviorArea Total: 3 Credits Minimum Required
Abnormal Psychology & DSM IV TR
Family Counseling and TherapyArea Total: 3 Credits Minimum Required
Systems of Family Therapy
Research MethodsArea Total: 3 Credits Minimum Required
Principles of Research
Professional StudiesArea Total: 3 Credits Minimum Required
Values, Ethics and Legalities
521.3 Values, Ethics & Legalities in Mental Health Counseling
Internship Requirements700 hours pre-degree. No fewer than 300 hours face-to-face with individuals or groups.
Introduction to Field Experience
Internship (taken in 3 terms)
Individual Clinical Instruction
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