A master’s degree is required in most states for mental health counselors who wish to earn a license. In addition to the degree, licensure candidates must complete between 2,000 and 4,000 post-degree hours of supervised training (such as an internship or residency) and pass their state’s licensing exam.
Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction, Theories of Psychotherapy, Ethics and Legal Issues of Counseling, Career and Lifestyle Counseling, Research Methodology and Program Evaluation
Addiction counseling, Career counseling, Rehabilitation counseling, Clinical counseling, Child and adolescent counseling
Mental health counselor, Marriage and family therapist, School and career counselor, Rehabilitation counselor, Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor
$43,190 for mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists, $34,390 for rehabilitation counselors, $53,660 for school and career counselors, and $39,980 for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors.
From 2014-2024: 19% increase for mental health counselors/marriage and family therapists, 9% increase for rehabilitation counselors, 8% increase for school and career counselors, and 22% increase for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors.