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Counseling at Texas A&M-Texarkana

“Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. People have many different reasons for deciding they want to become a counselor. Some people choose this career because they once had a good experience with a counselor during a difficult time in their own life and they want to “pay it forward.” Another person may have done some volunteer work at a crisis hotline and realized that they enjoyed both the challenges and joys of working with clients facing difficult times. Yet another person may have been told that they are a good listener and they ought to consider working as a mental health professional” (Why 2018).

Whatever your reasons for wanting to become a counselor, Texas A&M-Texarkana offers both the world-class education of an A&M system school with the personalized attention of a small college. Our program supports students' academic development, skill acquisition and personal growth. This program does an excellent job of preparing students to enter the field of professional counseling with the necessary skills to make an immediate impact.

The master of science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is 60 credit hours including 9 credit hours of field experiences. The required courses of the Clinical Mental Health program meet current eligibility requirements of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Licensed Professional Counselors. Students completing this program of study satisfy the academic requirements to sit for the state licensing exam.  The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The master of science in School Counseling consists of 39 credit hours including 3 credit hours of practicum experience in the school setting. Students who earn the School Counseling Certificate and have completed two years of public school teaching and passed the TExES examination are eligible to apply for certification as an All-Level Counselor in the State of Texas. This degree also meets the educational requirements for other counseling positions such as student personnel or career counselor positions at a number of two and four year colleges or universities. Upon successful completion of the master's degree program, two years of classroom teaching experience and successful passing of the TExES examination, students can apply through the University to the State Board for Educator Certification, for counselor certification. The School Counseling program is approved by the Texas Education Association (TEA). Our graduates are well-equipped in the areas of ethical practice, counselor identity and counseling skills.

All of our students are prepared across the 8 core CACREP areas as well as all of the individual standards within either school counseling or clinical mental health counseling. Our program has developed and maintained a number of excellent practicum and internship sites that support the development of our students.

CACREP Statistics for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduates 

Year 2016
Number Enrolled 18
Number of Graduates 18
Completion Rate 100%
LPC Examination Pass Rate 100%
Job Placement Rate 88%**
**Alumni were asked if they were employed in the field. Of the 18 responses,  alumni 15 replied “yes” and 3 alumni replied “no.”

Job prospects for our graduates in counseling are strong. In 2014, nationwide there were 134,500 counselors employed. Employment projections for 2024 figures a 20% increase to 160,900 jobs with 5,450 Annual projected job openings.

Career Outlook taken from: https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/careers/occupations/occupation-profile.aspx?keyword=Mental%20Health%20Counselors&onetcode=21101400&location=UNITED%20STATES

Given A&M-Texarkana’s unique position--the four state area--Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana job markets lie at our doorstep. In fact, LPCs in a hundred mile radius are graduates of our program providing a strong alumni network for graduates.

Mission Statement
The Texas A&M University-Texarkana Counseling Program, through high quality instruction and educational opportunities develops talented counselors, life-long learners and leaders in our field. Graduates of our program serve the mental health and educational needs of the diverse residents of Texas, border states, throughout the country, and around the world. Graduates are expected to serve as actively engaged agents of change in providing care for diverse populations. Through ethical practice and professional conduct, our graduates are expected to advocate for the field, serve their clients and meet the needs of an ever-changing world.

Accreditation Information:
2018 Mid-Cycle Report
2016 Annual CACREP Report

"Why become a professional counselor?" (2018) Retrieved from http://www.cacrep.org/for-students/why-become-a-professional-counselor/.
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