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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. In Minnesota, professional clinical counselors typically hold 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 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 counseling is constructed around State of Minnesota criteria for licensure as a professional counselor. Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors are overseen by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. The LPCC is a nationally recognized mental health license that exists as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) or LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) in nearly all 50 states.
AGS and MN BBHT required areas
AGS course (s)
AGS Requirement - Foundations of Adlerian Psychology
1. Helping relationships, including counseling theory and practice
2. Human growth and development
3. Lifestyle and career development
4. Group dynamics, processes, counseling, and consulting
5. Assessment and appraisal
6. Social and cultural foundations, including multicultural issues
7. Principles of etiology, treatment planning,, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior
8. Family counseling and therapy
9. Research and evaluation
10. Professional counseling orientation and ethics
11. Diagnostic assessment for child and adult mental disorders, and psychopathology, including developmental psychopathology
6 semester credits
12. Clinical treatment planning, with measurable goals
3 semester credits
13. Clinical intervention methods informed by research evidence and community standards of practice
14. Evaluation methodologies regarding the effectiveness of interventions
15. Professional ethics applied to clinical practice
16. Cultural diversity
Previous Master's Degree in Counseling or Psychotherapy
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Designed by August Ash