Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling

A specialization in healing

The M.Ed. program in Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling is designed to provide students with an educational foundation in counseling theory and technique that will facilitate their achievement of the professional standards required for practice as a counselor in community agency settings. The program is organized into groups of required foundation courses, basic counseling courses, and specialized courses that enable a student to concentrate in community and addictions counseling. The minimum number of hours required is 54, including a one-semester Practicum and a year-long Internship that combines practice at New Leaf Clinic and a community agency setting.

Internships taken at the New Leaf Clinic housed in the School of Education, afford students in the Clinical Mental Health and Addictions Counseling program a unique opportunity to provide brief counseling interventions (5-10 sessions) to William & Mary students with issues related to use of alcohol or other drugs. Counselors at the New Leaf Clinic conduct interventions using Motivational Interviewing techniques while under supervision of a faculty member and/or doctoral counseling student. The M.Ed. program in Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling is designed to provide students with an educational foundation in counseling theory and technique that will facilitate their achievement of the professional standards required for practice as a counselor in community agency settings. The program is organized into groups of required foundation courses, basic counseling courses, and specialized courses that enable a student to concentrate in clinical mental health and addictions counseling.

M.Ed. Program of Studies [pdf]

Licensure

Licensure as a Professional Counselor in Virginia
At this time in Virginia, licensure as a Professional Counselor requires a master’s degree in counseling, 60 hours of graduate course work in counseling, a 4000-hour, post-master’s clinical residency, and successful completion of the licensure examination. The program of studies  for all of the M.Ed.degrees in Counseling at the College of William and Mary includes all the required areas of classroom and clinical instruction needed for licensure as a Professional Counselor in Virginia and most other states.  The entire 60 hours need not be taken during the M.Ed. program.  Students in programs requiring less than 60 hours for graduation may elect to complete the 60 hours required for Virginia licensure before or after they graduate.

Licensure as a Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner In Virginia (LSATP)
The program of studies for the Clinical Mental Health  & Addictions Counseling program also meets the coursework and clinical instruction requirements for licensure in Virginia as Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner.

Program Contact

[[cfgres, Dr. Rick Gressard]]
(757) 221-2352