Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Prepare yourself to diagnose and treat mental health across the lifespan

UNI's Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program interweaves neuro-informed, trauma-sensitive practices throughout its curriculum. Learn psychopathology, psychopharmacology, assessment and treatment planning, addiction and dual diagnosis from a culturally sensitive perspective.

Faculty have expertise in counseling older adults, integrated behavioral health, expressive art and play therapy, and specialized evidenced-based trauma treatments.

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Darcie Davis Gage HeadshotDarcie Davis-Gage, Ph.D
Division Chair & Program Coordinator of Counseling
(319) 273-4243
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Linda Davis

Counseling Master of Arts Graduate Program Secretary

(319) 273-6414

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be prepared to practice in a variety of mental health and community agencies, including hospitals, clinics, substance abuse agencies, hospice organizations and mental health centers. Many of our recent grads have also chosen to provide wellness, career and life planning counseling and consulting services. These professionals focus on helping clients work to their full potential and thrive in a variety of settings. Examples of these are:

  • Brain Injury Specialist
  • Client Specialization
  • Clinical Mental Health Counselor/Clinician
  • Family Counselor
  • Mental Health Clinician/Counselor/Therapist
  • School-Based Therapist
  • Therapist

Courses & Curriculum

Along with the required core courses, specialty courses for the Clinical Mental Health option can be:

  • Diagnosis and Psychopharmacology in Mental Health Counseling
  • Practicum in Counseling
  • Advanced Psychopathology and Treatment
  • Dynamics of Family, Couples and Human Sexuality in Counseling
  • Counseling Process and Practices for Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Disorders
  • Integrated Counseling Practice and Clinical Supervision
  • Internship

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has granted accreditation from 2015 through 2022 to the following programs in the School of Applied Human Sciences at the University of Northern Iowa: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) and School Counseling (M.A.).  

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