Graduates of our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program will be positioned for a rewarding career as licensed mental health practitioners.
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Earn your M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and prepare for a rewarding career helping clients overcome obstacles and transform their lives.
Why Study Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rivier?
Mental health counselors are committed to helping people address their issues with a range of mental health-related concerns—from depression and anxiety to substance abuse and addiction. For treatment, they combine psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach to create actionable plans for change and problem resolution.
Rivier’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program offers the framework and professional training needed to start a rewarding career as a licensed mental health counselor.
Graduates of our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program practice in a variety of clinical settings, including independent practice, community agencies, managed behavioral health care organizations, hospitals, employee assistance programs, and substance abuse treatment centers.
In this program you will:
- Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to help clients improve their mental health
- Develop strong analytical and critical thinking skills
- Become an effective communicator and collaborator
Program of Study
This is a 61-credit program, which includes 12 internship credits. Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program follows New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice standards in order to fulfill eligibility requirements for state licensure as a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC).
Courses are offered in 7-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters).
LMHC licensure by the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice entails completion of the degree program and post-master’s supervised work experience. Post-master’s internship supervisors must be licensed mental health counselors. Becoming a credentialed counselor demonstrates expertise and leadership in this field.
Two years into his sobriety, Barry Pietrantonio ’17G came to Rivier to earn his M.A. in Mental Health Counseling. Shortly after graduating, Barry opened Crossroads Recovery Center in Salem, New Hampshire, to help others struggling with addiction and mental illness in the community where he grew up. In addition to services offered at the Center, Barry speaks in public forums about addiction and the road to recovery.
Where Will Your Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Take You?
Graduates are prepared for a variety of leadership roles in clinical and educational settings.
- Independent practitioners
- Human services health counselors
- Behavioral health specialists
- Substance abuse counselors
- Youth and family counselors
Take the Next Steps
Learn about criteria, how the admissions process works, and what you will need to apply.
Our Center for Behavioral Health Professions and Workforce Development is addressing the critical workforce shortage. Learn how we are working to create partnerships and pathways to professional degrees and licensure.
Faculty will serve as your mentors and guides.
Prepare for a rewarding career as a licensed mental health practitioner with an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.