Hillary Forsythe ’10, D’12 has worked as a physical therapist for almost a decade. Now, she is looking to transition to counseling.
Develop the mental health counseling skills employers want.
Mental health counseling is a growing, high-demand field. Now, more than ever, employers need trained clinicians who are skilled communicators, mediators, and problem solvers.
With Lebanon Valley College’s master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, you will gain real-world skills for a career in hospitals, private practice, or social service organizations.
Impress major, regional employers and make a meaningful difference in your patients’ lives, whether you choose to enter clinical child psychology, addiction counseling, trauma-focused therapy, marriage/family counseling, or a variety of other counseling-related disciplines with your degree.
You have the choice to complete your coursework entirely online or in a hybrid format. If you choose the hybrid option, program credits are about one-third face-to-face and two-thirds online. View a sample course plan.
Learn the content you need to prepare you for the National Counselor Exam and to receive your Licensed Professional Counselor certification.
Our program emphasizes analysis, writing, and oral communication skills, as well as field experience. Under the close supervision of a doctoral-level professional, you will launch into one semester of a clinical practicum followed by two semesters of clinical internship in health care.
Practicum/Internship sites include, but are not limited to the following:
- Milton Hershey School
- TrueNorth Wellness Services
- WellSpan Health
- LVC's Breen Center for Graduate Success
- LVC's Counseling Services
Faculty & Student Research
An extracurricular learning opportunity that students are advised to consider is collaborative research with faculty. This experience is especially useful for students intending to eventually enroll in Ph.D. programs, although students halting their education at the Master's level can also gain valuable knowledge from this experience. For more information, email Dr. Cindy Vejar.
Bring a broad-based background to your work.
LVC’s mental health counseling program is broader than most, and that’s deliberate. Counselors with broad skills are in high demand across central Pennsylvania.
All students complete courses focused on essential counseling skills, along with specific experiences in addiction and trauma counseling. Students can also choose elective courses in:
- Marriage and family counseling
- Grief counseling
- Intervention and prevention
- School counseling
- Military and police counseling
- And more.
A flexible program for anyone. Learn online, hybrid, or face-to-face.
Whether you’re a busy medical professional conducting rounds or a new graduate who wants to practice counseling full-time, our degree program fits with your work and life schedule.
Take courses fully online or choose a hybrid format. In the hybrid option, you take courses online and in-person at LVC's campus. Finish the program after two years of full-time enrollment and jump right into clinical practice. Or spread your coursework over three years or more to accommodate the demands on your schedule.
Students with a bachelor’s degree—from LVC or any accredited institution—in any field are welcome to apply.
Interested in a Graduate Fellowship?
Are you looking to gain real-world experience while receiving a 15% tuition reduction? If so, consider applying to the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Fellowship program. Each fall and spring, fellows are paired with an LVC mentor who guides the student through real-world practical experience in support of student services at LVC. The program director, fellow, and mentor develop a plan that is mutually beneficial to the student and LVC. No one student follows the same path! If interested in being considered for the Fall Clinical Mental Health Counseling fellowship program, applications must be received by June 1. If interested in being considered for the Spring Clinical Mental Health Counseling fellowship program, applications must be received by December 15. Decisions will be communicated by July 1 for a Fall enrollment start and January 10 for a Spring enrollment start. To learn more, please contact Dr. Cindy Vejar or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For WellSpan Health Employees
Thanks to our sustaining partnership with WellSpan Health, we offer tuition reimbursement to qualified WellSpan employees who seek to further their education and training.
- Work 32 hours per pay period after completing the employment introductory period.
- Receive a final grade of “C” or higher.
- Apply reimbursable amounts within the per-credit maximum.
Learn more about your education benefits from WellSpan Health here.
Excellent Teaching and Student Outcomes
The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program objectives are aligned with the Pennsylvania State requirements for Licensure for Professional Counselors as well as CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) standards through a curriculum founded in excellence in teaching, high-performing student outcomes, and continuous improvements.
How Can a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Help You with Your Career?
Our master’s degree prepares you for a lifetime of employment in clinical mental health counseling without the need for costly Ph.D. coursework.
You’ll become competent in broad areas like professional ethics, human development, and cognitive behavior therapy—to become attractive to the largest number of employers.
Acquire 100 hours of clinical practicum and 600 hours of clinical internship experience.
We have a significant track record of success placing our psychology and neuroscience undergraduate alumni into full-time employment. More than 90% of LVC’s psychology alumni are either enrolled in a graduate program or employed full-time in a relevant field.
Our undergraduate alumni have found success in companies like:
- WellSpan Philhaven
- Harrisburg State Hospital
- Lebanon County Commission on Drugs & Alcohol
- Lebanon City School District
- Domestic Violence Intervention
- Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center
- Quittie Glen Center for Mental Health
- Penn State Hershey Medical Center
- And more.
The Accelerated Alumni Admission process is simple and free of charge to current LVC seniors and alumni.
We are learning new content in the program through independent work, such as discussion posts, assignments, and quizzes, as well as collaborative projects working with our peers. I have really enjoyed both forms and feel as though the group project offered us an opportunity to get a different perspective on the topics we are studying.
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