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What are my options for mental health counseling programs at HBCUs?

Hey y'all! I'm a junior, super passionate about mental health advocacy and looking to pursue a career in mental health counseling. I feel drawn to the nurturing environments HBCUs offer. Does anyone know how the mental health counseling programs at HBCUs stack up and which schools have notable ones? Any advice on where to start my search would be super helpful!

7 months ago

Hey there! It's wonderful to hear about your passion for mental health advocacy, and seeking out that nurturing environment HBCUs are known for can be a great choice. HBCUs offer a variety of solid programs in mental health counseling, with many focusing on preparing students to address the unique needs of the African-American community and other minority groups.

Howard University, for instance, has a well-regarded counseling psychology program. Another reputable option is the Clinical Psychology program at Jackson State University, which could prepare you for a career in counseling. To start your search, you might want to look into individual program rankings, faculty qualifications, research opportunities, and the specific types of counseling degrees offered—such as clinical or school counseling. You could also reach out directly to admissions offices at HBCUs to ask about their mental health counseling programs and any specialty areas they might focus on. Don't forget to check on accreditation by organizations like the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which can be a key factor in the quality of the education you'll receive and your licensure prospects post-graduation. Best of luck in your search, and don't hesitate to ask more questions as you delve into this important decision!

7 months ago

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