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Department of Counseling

When you talk to graduates of the Department of Counseling, you’ll quickly learn about how rewarding and fulfilling it is to work as a counselor. Our students are often drawn to be counselors because they want to help people grow, heal, recover, or find meaning in their lives. There are many ways to describe the clinical work that we counselors do, but at the heart of our work lies the intersection of skill, passion, and relationship.

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CACREP Accredited

In 2013, John Carroll’s program received the maximum eight-year re-accreditation.

Programs of Study

In the Department of Counseling, we train students to be either Clinical Mental Health Counselors or School Counselors. Both of our accredited tracks lead to licensure by the State of Ohio.

Undergraduate

Certificate
Substance Use Disorders Counseling Certificate

The Substance Use Disorders Counseling Certificate program, open to current undergraduate students or any student with an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree, prepares you to become license eligible as either a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) or a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC), depending on prior academic work.

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Graduate

Master's
Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Master's Degree

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to meet the current academic requirements of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for the licenses of Professional Counselor (PC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC). Also, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree meets the academic requirements for the National Counselor Certification (NCC) of the National Board for Certified Counselors.

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School Counseling, M.Ed.

The John Carroll University School Counseling program helps you contribute to the greater good by assisting children and adolescents with their academic, personal, and career development. Our CACREP-accredited School Counseling program leads to licensure by the State of Ohio.

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Concentration/Option
Substance Use Disorders Concentration

The Substance Use Disorders concentration, available to current students in John Carroll’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program, provides in-depth training and work toward license eligibility. The three-course concentration prepares you for LICDC licensure.

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Employment Rate

2018 Employment Rate

Employment rate of 2018 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduates

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Career Opportunities

Counselors work in schools, hospitals, clinics, community agencies, and private practices. In the Department of Counseling, we train students to be either Clinical Mental Health Counselors or School Counselors. Both of our accredited tracks lead to licensure by the State of Ohio. Clinical Mental Health Counselors provide many services, including psychotherapy (i.e. talk therapy), assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning, substance abuse treatment, crisis management, and prevention programs. School counselors work with students, teachers, and parents to help students in their academic, personal, and career development.

Students in the Substance Use Disorders Counseling programs are prepared for license eligibility as either a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) or a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC), depending on prior academic work.

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The John Carroll Experience

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks John Carroll among the top ten master’s-degree granting universities in the Midwest. When you wander the halls of the Counseling Department, you’ll find that our doors are open. Our faculty (Page Name: Link to filtered list of Department of Counseling faculty) is committed to developing deep and meaningful teaching and mentoring relationships with our students. We bring a diverse set of skills, knowledge, and experience to our teaching and supervising. Our classes are small – none larger than 20 students, and many with as few at 15 or 8. Our courses involve discussion and practice, rather than solely lecture. Typically, in the second year of enrollment, students begin their practicum and internship Practicum and Internship) fieldwork. In a clinical or school setting of their choice, students begin to practice the science and art of counseling. During this time, students receive formal supervision on site and at John Carroll. At graduation, the outlook for our students is bright because of their strong reputation in the community. This, and the numerous connections our faculty has with local employers, positions our graduates as top candidates on the job market.

Some of our graduates continue their education in doctoral programs, typically in the fields of counselor education or counseling psychology.

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CACREP-Accredited Programs

In 2013, John Carroll’s program received the maximum eight-year re-accreditation. This fact reflects the Department’s commitment to excellence and demonstrates that the Department of Counseling meets or exceeded all accreditation standards. It also sets the program apart from others, as over half of all CACREP-accredited programs receive only a two-year re-accreditation.

Gaining and maintaining CACREP accreditation is essential for any counseling program, especially in Ohio. In 2014, the Ohio State Legislature passed legislation requiring all counseling programs to be CACREP-accredited by 2018. In addition, several insurance carriers will reimburse only for counselors who earned degrees from CACREP-accredited programs.

Vital Statistics

In the 2018/2019 academic year, the total enrollment for the two master’s programs was 115: 87 in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and 28 in School Counseling. Of the students admitted to the fall 2016 cohort, 92% completed the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in the expected three-year time period and 83% completed the School Counseling program in the expected three-year time period. The programs had 36 graduates from summer 2018 to spring 2019: 31 in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and 5 in School Counseling. Our graduates have consistently achieved high scores and high pass rates on licensing examinations. During this academic year, the graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Program had a pass rate of 100% on the NCE examination. School Counseling graduates achieved a 100% passing rate for school counselor licensure. Our graduates also have been extremely successful in obtaining employment in positions in recognized occupations for which they were trained. For Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates the employment rate was 100%. School Counseling graduates had an 83% employment rate. The figure for School Counseling is complicated by the fact that several students are looking for employment only within their school or in a specific geographic area.