Professional Counseling, M.Ed.
Both programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The clinical mental health counseling program prepares students to work in community mental health centers, family services agencies, and private practice settings. Students who complete the clinical mental health counseling curriculum will meet the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor with mental health service provider designation (LPC MHSP), the highest level of counselor licensure in the state of Tennessee. The school counseling concentration prepares students to work in elementary and secondary schools with the potential for recommendation for licensure as a school counselor, Pre K-12.
According to the federal government's Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of clinical mental health counselors is expected to grow by 29 percent, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Under managed care systems, insurance companies increasingly are providing for reimbursement of counselors as a less costly alternative to psychiatrists and psychologists. In addition, there has been increased demand for mental health services as individuals become more willing to seek help.