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Antioch University to Launch Online Master’s Degree Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Antioch University in Ohio has launched an online option for the graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offered by its New England campus.

The new offering joins a growing list of programs offered through Antioch's online campus. The program is now enrolling for the spring semester, which starts Jan. 15.

"Antioch University New England's MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling has a strong reputation in the field and a track record of preparing graduates for successful, meaningful careers in mental health counseling," Katherine M. Clarke, professor and chair of clinical mental health counseling at Antioch University New England, said in a statement. "By bringing this degree online, we're giving students access to the quality instruction, real-world practice, and social-justice emphasis that make our program unique."

The program will prepare students for a variety of settings in mental health counseling, including community agency work, substance abuse and addictions work, in-patient treatment, and college counseling. Students choose from a variety of electives or an optional concentration or focus to customize their degree in a way that mirrors their professional passion: Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling and Counseling Military Service Personnel and their Families.

Students enrolled in the Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling program will complete most academic requirements for certification as a drug and alcohol counselor. Those enrolled in Counseling Military Service Personnel and their Families program will learn skills to enhance resilience and help service members and their families build on their strengths.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for clinical mental health counselors will grow by 29 percent by 2022.

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