Grand View Adds Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling

October 16, 2019

Grand View University is excited to announce the addition of a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree. This is the fifth graduate program offered by Grand View, a private, liberal arts university. The new Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare students for direct entry into the practice of counseling and counseling-related fields. It is an online program with two weekend residencies and meets the Iowa Board of Behavioral Sciences Examiners licensing requirements as well as the national standards of the Center for Credentialing and Education.

Dr. Patricia Williams, Vice Provost for Graduate & Professional Studies at Grand View, is passionate about the need for mental health professionals, “the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that national employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected as people continue to seek addiction and mental health counseling.”

A demand for substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors is also expected to increase as states seek treatment and counseling services for drug offenders rather than jail time. There is also an ever-increasing awareness of children’s mental health issues, throughout Iowa as well as the U.S., that will increase the demand for additional mental health counselors. With an increasing demand for treatment, the National Council for Behavior Health reports a shortage of more than 15,000 mental health professionals by 2025. Grand View hopes this new master’s program will prepare skilled counselors to help meet this need in our community and beyond.

Dr. Jill Sudak-Allison, Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Services, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, reflects on her own experience,“one of the most fulfilling aspects of being a counselor is knowing that you have made a difference. It’s an honor to be invited in to another person’s life to provide a nonjudgmental and supportive therapeutic environment in order to create change.”

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