A master’s in clinical mental health counseling is a high-demand degree among students and healthcare organizations. There’s a clear regional need—and it’s one that Lebanon Valley College is well-prepared to answer by building on our strong undergraduate psychology program
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’ll 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.
Courses available online and in-person to help you manage your time.
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’ll launch into one semester of a clinical practicum followed by two semesters of clinical internship in health care.
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.
Learn online and face-to-face.
Whether you’re a busy medical professional conducting rounds or a new graduate who wants to practice counseling full-time, our hybrid degree program fits with your work and life schedule.
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. Program credits are about one-third face-to-face and two-thirds online.
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
We will apply for accreditation from CACREP (The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) and are actively tracking teaching and student outcomes. CACREP’s standards recognize excellent teaching, high-performing student outcomes, and continuous improvement.
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.