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Mental Health Counseling

Master of Arts (MA) in Mental Health Counseling

  • Work with children, families, elderly, adults
  • Work in agencies, offices, parishes, colleges, addiction centers
  • Prepare for LPC licensure in PA
  • CACREP accredited programd

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Master of Arts (MA) in Mental Health Counseling at Marywood

Improve Lives with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The CMHC prepares you to develop a responsible, ethical approach to mental health counseling. You’ll engage with an esteemed faculty as you explore the latest counseling theories, evidence-based research, and tools for preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental health issues. You’ll develop core competencies in diagnosis and assessment, human development, cultural diversity, group processes, and career counseling.


The program prepares counselors for careers in settings such as mental health, child welfare and family counseling agencies; institutions for the aging; employment and personnel offices; parishes; college counseling centers and fields dealing with chemical dependency and other addictions. The program provides the required educational credits for students to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania. Because the program is CACREP accredited, training in this program is recognized nationally (though specific laws and licensing regulations vary in each state).

More About This Degree

Bradley Janey, Ph.D., LPC
Program Coordinator, CACREP Liaison

Jennifer Barna, Ph.D., NCC, ACS
Associate Professor
Program Director, School Counseling

Kevin C. Snow, Ph.D., M.A., NCC, ACS
Associate Professor
Program Director, Clinical Mental Health; CSI Primary Faculty Advisor

William G. McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies

The Psychology & Counseling Department is located within the William G. McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. Here students will find faculty offices, the main department offices, and have many of their classes. In addition, this building has several unique and helpful facilities to foster student’s academic, personal, and professional success.

    Computer Labs

    Two fully equipped computer laboratories are available to students.

    Counseling and Student Development Center

    The CSDC provides mental health services to the Marywood student body and training facilities for master's, and doctoral programs. The CSDC provides individual counseling, group counseling, and a 24/7 crisis line.

    Courtyard & Market Marywood

    Two communal spaces for student and faculty scholarly interaction and socialization.

    • Adjacent to the Market Marywood where students, faculty, and visitors can purchase food, drinks, and other items
    • Courtyard is a newly developed outdoor space that is highly utilized by students of the department
    • Atrium has comfortable seating and is a general congregation and meeting point for psychology and counseling students
    • These spaces make it easy for students to develop friendships and meet-up with those with whom they have classes

    Progressive Learning Space

    Large, non-traditional, multi-purpose room provides an interactive learning space for classes, research, club meetings, and student study.

    • Students can reserve this room for group or individual study sessions and utilize the full-wall chalk boards as they complete reviews or plan projects; break-out rooms offer additional privacy and quiet
    • Clubs and student organizations frequently interact in the main space for meetings.
    • The space is also used for some classes and psychological research conducted by faculty and students

    Psychological Services Center (PSC)

    The Psychological Services Center provides mental health services to the community and training facilities for students in undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs. The clinic has one-way observation rooms for individual, group, and family therapy.

    Psychology Library

    This space is for student research and is part of the Curriculum Laboratory, which contains books and journals related to psychology.


    At Marywood, I learned the tools of building relationships from a counselor perspective.

    I currently work as an undergraduate adviser at The Catholic University of America.  In my position, I hope I have a positive impact on students, similar to how I was influenced by my former Marywood professors.  I also enjoy research and would like to transfer those skills to academic advising.

    Marywood has prepared me for a career in academic advising on the college level in several ways. At Marywood, I learned the tools of building relationships from a counselor perspective.  I also built strong mentor/student relationships, especially with Dr. Janet Muse-Burke, with whom I still maintain a friendship.

    Marywood’s core values created such a great environment on campus.  I remember visiting as a high school student and feeling welcomed the moment I stepped on campus.  As I began my job search, I was hoping to find the same personal kindness and sense of community I felt at Marywood, so it was not a surprise that I ended up working at another Catholic university.

    Graduate Admissions Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
    • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
    • Completed application
    • Essay
    • Official, sealed transcripts
    • Two or three letters of recommendation

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