Do you want to pursue professional counselor licensure in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia or another state?

Our Master of Arts (M.A.) graduate program in clinical mental health counseling provides for comprehensive study as well as supervised field training dedicated to preparing you for entry into the counseling profession.

You will be prepared to take the examination to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.), which would authorize you to work in schools, communities and private practices. At Trinity, you will receive individual attention to your interests and goals and will encounter learning experiences that emphasize an integration of theory, research and ethical practice in counseling children, adolescents and families of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Like all of our graduates, you will be qualified to provide individual and group counseling, to implement assessment and consultation services, and to develop, direct and evaluate comprehensive counseling services.

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Degree Level: Graduate
Degree Type: M.A.
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Do you want to pursue professional counselor licensure in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia or another state?

Our Master of Arts (M.A.) graduate program in clinical mental health counseling provides for comprehensive study as well as supervised field training dedicated to preparing you for entry into the counseling profession.

You will be prepared to take the examination to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.), which would authorize you to work in schools, communities and private practices. At Trinity, you will receive individual attention to your interests and goals and will encounter learning experiences that emphasize an integration of theory, research and ethical practice in counseling children, adolescents and families of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Like all of our graduates, you will be qualified to provide individual and group counseling, to implement assessment and consultation services, and to develop, direct and evaluate comprehensive counseling services.

Become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and other states

Featured Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. Courses

COUN 540 Principles and Theories of Counseling
COUN 550 Multicultural Counseling
COUN 555 Counseling Children and Adolescents
COUN 561 Principles and Practices of School Counseling
COUN 570 Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling
COUN 604 Expressive Arts in Counseling
COUN 606 Trauma & Crisis Intervention in Counseling

Prepare for Success: Potential Careers

  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Private Practitioner
  • Child and Adolescent Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Counselor

Accreditation

Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) — a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

This program meets state certification requirements of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Discover Your Strength with a Truly Singular Higher Education Experience

Trinity Washington University has been educating national and local leaders for over 120 years.

Discover Empowerment

  • Attend a U.S. Department of Education-designated Predominantly Black Institution and a Minority Serving Institution
  • Graduate with less debt:  Trinity has the lowest private college tuition rate in the Washington D.C. region; 100% of students receive some sort of financial aid, with 80% eligible for Federal Pell Grants
  • Learn leadership skills in Trinity’s inclusive environment: Trinity is a national innovator for gender, racial and social equity in higher education
  • Trinity empowers women leaders to make positive changes for their families, communities, places of work and the larger society
  • Learn to lead with integrity and compassion, justice and equity as a professional and as a citizen leader

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  • Community: Trinity graduates more D.C. residents than any other private college, making up nearly 60% of the student body. Trinity’s location in the heart of the nation’s capital provides unparalleled internship and research opportunities
  • Care for each and every student: Trinity’s ~4:1 student-to-teacher ratio means students are never just a number
  • Student welfare: Trinity offers low-cost residential and meal plan options and resources for students experiencing serious temporary food insecurity and other life challenges
  • Lifelong learning: Trinity develops the drive to keep learning, to discover and analyze new ideas, to advocate and implement actions that contribute to the common good and support social transformation

Discover Excellence

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921
  • Trinity graduates consistently perform above the national average on professional exit exams and certifications
  • Trinity’s award-winning faculty are national and local leaders in their fields, with many highly awarded for research and other publications
  • With opportunities for original research in many programs, Trinity students have been cited as authors in published research and articles