Our Purpose is Helping You Fulfill Yours
Fairfield University’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree offers counseling courses under the guidance of faculty members who are nationally recognized in the field. The program develops knowledge and skills in nine areas:
- human growth and development
- the helping relationship
- lifestyle and career development
- research and evaluation
- social and cultural foundations
- group counseling
- individual appraisal
- professional orientation
- clinical skills
Students are provided with an excellent education foundation that leads to a successful career path. Students can pursue a 60-hour Master of Arts (MA) degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Pre-Doctoral Study Preparation
The Counselor Education Lab and Training Center, a state-of-the-art campus facility, is home to our 3-tier practicum supervision model; a model often seen only in doctoral training programs. In addition to the standard coursework, our students have many opportunities to gain additional preparation in supervision, research, substance abuse counseling, and spirituality in counseling.
As students increase and refine their clinical skills they are encouraged to: participate as coaches in several core courses; participate as process observers for the group, career, and theories courses; lead training groups for police officers in how to preplan for corrective feedback in police supervision; and engage in research, writing, and professional presentations with faculty. Combined with ongoing supervision, these various opportunities solidify a set of teaching, research, and supervision skills, that when added to the high level of clinical training, create a bridge for entry into counselor education and supervision doctoral programs.
Fairfield's faculty members include award-winning practitioners in the field. Read more about the 2015 Samuel T. Gladding Unsung Hero Award winner Bob Schmidt, who teaches in the Counselor Education Department.
Counselor Education Department