Department of Education
Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree
Mental Health Counseling
The Professional Counseling program is designed to prepare ethical, culturally competent counselors to provide professional counseling services in various clinical settings. The faculty approved settings where students have served their internships include: mental health centers, state hospitals and training schools, facilities for clients with dual diagnoses, as well as multipurpose mental health agencies.
Mental Health Counseling Program Goals
Formal admittance to the professional counseling program requires:
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
- Admittance to WTAMU Graduate School: wtamu.edu/admissions/apply_graduate.aspx
- Completion of departmental application, including resume, three letters of recommendation, and formal interviews
- 2.75 Undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours)
Mental Health Counseling Coursework: 48 hours
Required courses (39 hours):
- COUN 6304 - Introduction to Research Methods 3 or EDPD 6303 – Educational Research 3
- COUN 6305 - Theories of Counseling 3
- COUN 6308 - Ethical Standards and Practices in Counseling 3
- COUN 6327 - Career Counseling 3
- COUN 6328 - Group Counseling 3
- COUN 6330 - Cross-cultural Counseling 3
- COUN 6365 - Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling 3
- COUN 6372 - Assessment and Testing in Counseling 3
- COUN 6373 - Couples and Family Counseling 3
- COUN 6375 - Essential Helping Skills of Counseling 3
- EDPD 6329 - Human Development 3
- COUN 6399 - Practicum in Counseling 3 or COUN 6380 – Residency I – Clinical Skills Lab 3
- COUN 6398 - Internship in Counseling 3-6
Electives (6-9 hours)
- COUN 6324 - Counseling Interventions with Children and Adolescents 3
- COUN 6326 - Introduction to Play Therapy 3
- COUN 6340 – Residency II – Consultation 3
- COUN 6371 – Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse 3
- COUN 6376 – Sexuality Across the Lifespan 3
- COUN 6382 – Supervision 3
- COUN 6392 – Special Topics in Counseling: Crisis, etc., 3
- COUN 6394 – Individual Study in Counseling (with approval) 3
All classes are offered in an online format, except 6398, which is offered online with an internship experience completed in person in a community setting.
Please browse through the Counselor Education’s Course Descriptions within the counselor education program for further information.
- Completion of professional counseling course work and supervised internship experience under the direction of a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has been licensed for at least two years.
- Passing a comprehensive exam
Texas Professional Counselor Licensing Information
After completing the 48-semester-hour program and passing the counselor education program’s comprehensive exam, students seeking licensure as a professional counselor must:
- Pass the National Counselor Exam (http://www.nbcc.org/nce)
- Pass the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counseling’s Texas Jurisprudence Exam (http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/)
- Apply for a temporary license through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern). This involves an application packet found at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/.
- Secure a Master level/Doctoral level, board approved Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.
- Secure an internship site(s) where you will accrue the required 3,000-clock-hours for application for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
You may also find out more information the counseling profession through the following professional counseling websites:
Features of the West Texas A& M University’s Counselor Education Program include being conveniently located in downtown Amarillo’s Chase Tower and having access to state-of-the-art teaching and supervision facilities. Faculty offices are located on the 7th floor. The program hosts the annual Waugh and Roberson Counseling Seminars for the professional development of students and professionals.
If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your options in the field of counseling, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Yvette Castillo.
Thanks for your interest in West Texas A&M University’s Counselor Education Program.
Dr. Yvette Castillo
West Texas A&M University – Amarillo Center
600 S. Tyler St., Lockbox 12132
Amarillo, Texas 79106