Developing Advocates for Transformative Impact
The Masters of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program begins in the fall of 2022 and will feature two specialty tracks: clinical mental health and school counseling. Applications for admission are now open. The curriculum is designed for the working professional or the traditional undergraduate student who desires to enter the workforce with an advanced degree. The graduate coursework will be obtained over three years part-time or two years full-time. Most instruction is offered online, with two one-week in-person, intensive instruction in the summer months. Cohorts of students will begin each August, January, and May to meet the sixty-credit hour requirement for CACREP accreditation and state licensure/certification.
The C-SC Difference
The programs were developed by Dr. Angel Knoverek ‘93, who serves the College as an Assistant Professor of Psychology. Knoverek has a rich history as a licensed professional counselor in numerous settings that include focusing on childhood trauma for nearly 30 years before joining the Culver-Stockton faculty as an educator. Knoverek shared, “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to develop the Master of Arts in Counseling and look forward to advancing our students in their livelihoods as professionals, caring individuals, and contributors to their communities.” Graduates of the C-SC Master of Arts in Counseling program will gain unique experiences to transform their careers and the lives of clients they serve.
Clinical Mental Health track
The Clinical Mental Health Program prepares students to become an effective mental health counselor who works with clients from a variety of backgrounds. Some counselors work with clients affected by trauma; addiction disorders; depression and anxiety; family, marriage, and couple issues; or behavioral issues in children and adolescents. The program is designed to provide the student with a wide range of intervention and diagnostic skills. Through the internship experience, students begin to specialize, choosing a placement that enhances their experience in an area of interest. Becoming a mental health practitioner allows students to make a difference in the lives of clients. Mental health counselor jobs may be available in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, inpatient/outpatient clinics and hospitals, detention centers, group care, research institutions, university student services, career services, and private practice. This degree meets the educational requirements as a licensed professional counselor in the states of Missouri, Illinois, and many others.
School Counseling track
The School Counseling Program prepares professionals for work in the K-12 learning environment. School counselors create comprehensive school counseling programs and are a vital part of the learning process for all students, focusing on students’ academic, career, and social/emotional development. School counselors have the opportunity to help children and adolescents navigate the challenges associated with being in school as well as help students process their problems and make realistic goals for their future. In addition, school counselors can help students prepare for post-graduation, including applying for colleges, finding jobs, and completing scholarship applications to fund a college education. This degree meets the educational requirements as a certified school counselor in the states of Missouri, Illinois, and many others.