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Community Counseling (Master)

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Degree Details

Offered as: Master

The program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania.

Available Certifications

  • Addiction

Program Highlights

  • 100% job placement
  • Year-round and evening classes
  • Experienced faculty

Why study Community Counseling at MAC?

The Community Counseling graduate program boasts 100% job placement after completion. The program is designed for individuals seeking licensure as a Professional Counselor. Professional Counselors are in high demand and the job outlook is excellent. The MAC program is designed with working people in mind. Graduates of Mount Aloysius’ Master of Community Counseling program are also Licensed Professional Health Counselors.

What are Licensed Professional Health Counselors?

According to the American Counseling Association, licensed professional counselors (or in some states, “licensed clinical professional counselors” or “licensed mental health counselors”) provide mental health and substance abuse care to millions of Americans. Licensed professional counselors (LPCs) are master’s-degreed mental health service providers, trained to work with individuals, families, and groups in treating mental, behavioral, and emotional problems and disorders. LPCs make up a large percentage of the workforce employed in community mental health centers, agencies, and organizations, and are employed within and covered by managed care organizations and health plans. LPCs also work with active duty military personnel and their families, as well as veterans.

What do Community Counselors do?

According to the American Counseling Association, the practice of professional counseling includes, but is not limited to, the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, including addictive disorders; psychoeducational techniques aimed at the prevention of such disorders; consultation to individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations; and research into more effective therapeutic treatment modalities.

Possible Careers:

Graduates with a M.S. Degree in Community Counseling have a plethora of career options. Some career paths are:

  • Mental Health Counselor
  • College Counseling Centers
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers

Are there job openings? How much will I make?

There is a high job placement rate in this industry and salaries vary depending on the setting in which the graduate chooses to practice. The demand for Mental Health Counselors is expected to rise 20% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 26,400 jobs.*

The average median wage for a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania is $43,800.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

There is a need for Licensed Professional Health Counselors, according to the American Counseling Association:

  • 1 million adults (19.9%) in the United States had mental illness in the past year. Of those, nearly 8.9 million (20%) also had a substance use disorder.
  • 11 million adults (4.8%) had serious mental illness (SMI)—a diagnosable mental disorder that substantially interfered with or limited one or more major life activities— in the past year.
  • Less than 4 in 10 adults with mental illness in the past year received mental health services.
  • In 2009, 14.8 million people (6.5% of adults aged 18 or older) had at least one major depressive episode during the past year.
  • In 2009, 2 million youths (8.1% of the population aged 12 to 17) had at least one major depressive episode during the past year.
  • In 2009, an estimated 8.4 million adults (3.7%) age 18 or older had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year. 2.2 million adults made suicide plans in the past year and approximately 1 million adults attempted suicide in the past year.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2010). Results from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings (Office of Applied Studies, NSDUH Series H-39, HHS Publication No. SMA 10-4609). Rockville, MD.

Recent Success Stories

Jessica Quigley, Class of 2013, gained employment with University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown as a campus counselor. She also teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Mount Aloysius College.

Natasha Fox, Class of 2014, was hired during her last term in the graduate program as the Program Director of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services at the Indiana Child Guidance Center.

Who will teach me?

The faculty includes multiple doctoral-trained Professional Counselors with a combined 45 years of counseling experience, a Cognitive Psychologist, a Developmental Psychologist and a Statistician. Program adjunct faculty members all currently practice in the field of counseling.

Dig Deeper!

Available concentrations and specializations
Available concentrations and specializations include:

  • Students completing the program meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania
  • A certificate in Addiction Counseling is also available
Internship Opportunities
The majority of MAC Community Counseling interns are offered a job at their internship site prior to graduation. Other benefits include networking and job placement; social responsibility; critical thinking; practice counseling techniques; collaboration and teamwork and written and oral communication. Internship opportunities include:

  • Alternative Community Resource Program
  • Indiana Child Guidance Center
  • Hiram G. Andrews Center
  • Conemaugh Hospital
  • Home Nursing Agency
  • Blair Family Solutions
  • Pitt Johnstown
  • Nulton Diagnostic and Treatment Center
  • Discovery House Rehabilitative Services
  • Outpatient Psychiatric Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Federal and State Correctional Institutions
  • College Counseling Centers
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers
  • Methadone Maintenance Facilities
  • College Faculty

What's The Next Step?

Learn more about our GCE program here! http://www.mtaloy.edu/graduate-and-continuing-education/


Meet Our Department!

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Virginia Gonsman
Professor of Psychology
Department Chair, Psychology & Religious Studies
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David Haschak
Associate Academic Dean and Chairperson of Humanities, Social Science and Professional Studies Division/ Coordinator Community Counseling Graduate Program
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Laura Lansing
Professor of Psychology
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Antoinette Woods
Assistant Professor of Community Counseling
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Mary Shuttlesworth
Assistant Professor of Psychology



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