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Here you will find all the education information and resources you need to support you on your journey towards becoming a mental health professional.


Types of Mental Health Professions and Accredited Schools

  • Clinical Social Worker – A counselor with a Master’s degree in social work who can make diagnoses and provide counseling, case management, and advocacy.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Counselor – A counselor with a Master’s degree in counseling who is trained to diagnose and provide counseling.
  • Marriage and Family Therapist – A counselor with a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy who is trained to diagnose and provide counseling for individuals, couples, and families.
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor – A counselor with specific clinical training in alcohol and drug abuse who is trained to diagnose and provide counseling for those with substance abuse issues.
  • School Guidance Counselor - A counselor based in a school system and part of the educational team, helping all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and career development.
  • School Psychologist – A psychologist with an advanced degree who can diagnose, provide therapy, and work with school staff to maximize efficiency in the school setting.
  • Psychologist – A psychologist with a Doctoral degree in psychology that can diagnose, assess, and provide therapy.
  • Psychiatrist – A psychiatrist is a medical doctor with a specialization in psychiatry, who can diagnose, provide therapy (though often limited), and prescribe medication.
  • Pastoral Counseling - A pastoral counselor is clergy with training in clinical pastoral education, trained to diagnose and provide individual and group counseling.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor - A counselor that is focused on helping people with disabilities or mental health and addiction issues achieve their personal and professional goals.

An additional resource that can be used to learn more about school accreditation is the Department of Education's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

Online Programs versus Brick and Mortar Schools

Deciding between an online program and a traditional brick and mortar school can be a challenging process as you sort through the pros and cons of each. Here are a few articles that tackle this topic:

Scholarship Information and Financial Support

Please visit the Financial Resources and Information page.


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