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Do you want to learn how to put your compassion to work, facilitating others’ healing journeys?

To do this effectively, we offer a training program that aligns with national training standards for the counseling program.

Saybrook’s hybrid online M.A. Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation assures that the content and quality of our program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession. Graduates of CACREP-accredited programs are prepared with the skills and knowledge to work competently in the field of clinical mental health counseling.

Through a hybrid online learning format which includes 700 hours of field experience, our M.A. Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization program focuses on preparing students for career opportunities in the broad field of clinical mental health counseling. Guided by faculty with years of experience in the field, students can complete their degrees without relocating. In this low-residency program, students become part of a cohort, interacting online and meeting at the beginning of each semester at residential conferences. Throughout the semester, students join their cohort through our online Canvas learning system to learn together, receive instruction from and ask questions of faculty. This 60-credit program includes three semesters of fieldwork: Practicum, Internship I and Internship II.

Primary Faculty Members

  • Jennifer Preston, Ph.D., NCC, LPC; Counseling Department Chair
  • Hridaya Sivalingam, Ph.D., NCC, LCMHC; Practicum and Internship Coordinator
  • Dominque Avery, PhD., NCC, LPC, LMHC; Program Faculty
  • Kent Becker, EdD., LPC, LMFT; Program Faculty
  • Jane Warren, Ph.D., LPC, LAT, LMFT; Program faculty

Counseling faculty at Saybrook University are committed to preparing competent mental health professionals who inspire transformational change in individuals, families, and communities toward a just, humane, and sustainable world.

The Counseling Department has adopted a set of professional and personal qualities to be demonstrated by all students and faculty. These qualities are directly linked to the mission and core values of Saybrook University and inform the related program objectives. The program learning outcomes were born directly out of the department core values. All members of the counseling community are expected to embody these qualities inside and outside of courses to the greatest extent possible. Upon completion of the counseling programs, students will demonstrate the associated learning outcomes. Learn more about our M.A. Counseling program outcomes. Learn more about our M.A. Counseling program outcomes by reviewing our Student Handbook or Annual Assessment Report

Graduates from this three-year (60-semester credit) program will have satisfied course requirements to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), or Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). As different states have different licensing requirements, we work with students from the very beginning to help them qualify for licensure in the state where they wish to practice. Learn more about the program’s alignment with state professional licensure requirements.

Learn more about our M.A. Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization program through our Student Handbook.

Application to Saybrook University is open to students with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.

Our Financial Aid office is dedicated to helping identify the opportunities, understand the options, and make the choices that are right for you.

Saybrook University is accredited by the  Senior Commission of Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a regional accrediting agency recognized by the  US Department of Education and by the State of California. More program information can be found in our  academic catalog.

Annual Program Related Student Outcomes

The Counseling Department is pleased to share the following student outcomes, to both meet ongoing CACREP requirements, and to share the success of our graduates. We began collecting this data with our first MA Counseling program cohort, Spring 2015.

2017-2018 Graduates: 11

Completion Rate: Our current cohort completion rate is 80%

Credentialing Examinations Pass Rates (by student self-report):
• 82% of graduates have not yet taken the licensing exam for their state
• 9% of graduates passed the exam on first attempt
• 9% of graduates have not yet passed the exam

Job Placement Rates:
• 82% are employed within the mental health field
• 9% are currently seeking a position
• 9% have delayed seeking a position due to family reasons

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