Counseling - General Counseling | Troy University

Counseling

A Life-Changing Career in Counseling

 Do you have the gift of listening and a passion for helping others? As a counselor or therapist, you have the power to help people find comfort, empowerment and life change by objectively listening to their concerns and determining their needs. Let TROY help take your education and career to the next level by pursuing your master’s degree in counseling.

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“I chose Troy because of the flexibility of course offerings and because I would be getting a good quality education at my convenience. I also like that there are several campuses to choose from.  I attended the Phenix City Campus, and I got to experience the big college campus experience in a smaller setting. I recommend Troy University because they meet you where you are, and build you into a better professional.  ”

Carla S. Wiley  |  Masters in School Counseling (M.S.) '18

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Graduate Counseling Programs

This master's program is tailored to meet educational standards for state licensure and national counseling credentials. It has been designed to provide students with opportunities to develop their expertise in treatment planning, their knowledge of theory and of normal and pathological development and behavior as well as their understanding of how to apply counseling skills to various agency populations. 

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Program Locations

  • Troy Campus
  • Dothan Campus
  • Montgomery Campus^^
  • Phenix City Campus
  • Augusta, GA
  • Ft. Walton Beach, FL
  • Panama City/Tyndall AFB, FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Tampa, FL

^^ Offered as blended program. A blended program combines both online and face-to-face course in the required program of study.

TROY's dedicated and celebrated counseling and psychology staff will familiarize you with the laws and regulations that govern the disability field. In class, you'll be equipped to understand the causes and treatments of disabilities as well as various counseling theories and techniques. Your degree will also prepare you to recommend workplace accommodations for individuals with various disabilities, perform labor market and job analyses and facilitate the employment of individuals with disabilities through advocacy and assistance with job searches. 

A master’s degree is necessary to become a vocational rehabilitation counselor.  To assist students with the financial obligations, Troy offers scholarships toward tuition assistance and possibly other needs. Troy has $3,000,000 in grant funding for the next five years designated to train students to become vocational rehabilitation counselors. Troy's unique Rehabilitation Counseling program gives the student the option to select one of five concentration areas — Clinical Rehabilitation, Public and Community Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation and Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Counseling Military Populations, and Addictions Counseling.

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“The best thing about this program is the people.  The staff and students work together to reach the common goal of serving their community with knowledge, tools, and heart.”

Morgan Posey  |  B.S. Human Services; M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling '21

Program Concentrations

  • Clinical Rehabilitation
  • Public & Community Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation & Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Services
  • Military Populations
  • Addictions Counseling

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Program Locations

  • Troy Campus
  • Dothan Campus
  • Montgomery Campus^^
  • Phenix City Campus
  • Augusta, GA
  • Ft. Walton Beach, FL
  • Panama City/Tyndall AFB, FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Tampa, FL

^^ Offered as blended program. A blended program combines both online and face-to-face course in the required program of study.

This program is an entry-level non-licensed counseling track that introduces the student to the counseling profession. Many students used this program as an introduction to further educational and professional areas.

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Program Locations

  • Montgomery Campus^^
  • Ft. Walton Beach, FL
  • Panama City/Tyndall AFB, FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Tampa, FL

^^ Offered as blended program. A blended program combines both online and face-to-face course in the required program of study.

 The mission of the Troy University Student Affairs Counseling program is to prepare Student Affairs Counselors to provide competent professional service in all areas of student services counseling at the post-secondary level. It takes an insightful awareness to see all of the many issues and pressures that impact a students success and provide guidance and support to help them reach their highest potential as students and professionals in their chosen areas. 

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Program Locations

  • Troy Campus

 The substance abuse counseling degree prepares counselors to work in substance abuse programs and mental health agencies that deal with addictions and their corresponding difficulties. You will learn how to advise people dealing with issues such as alcoholism and drug abuse and other types of addiction.

A substance abuse counselor will work with their clients to help them become self-sufficient and take control of their dependancies. The nature of substance abuse counseling means that it can be an extremely difficult job at times. It can also be extremely rewarding as this is a job that truly helps people to better themselves and can even save lives.

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Program Locations

  • Montgomery Campus^^

^^ Offered as blended program. A blended program combines both online and face-to-face course in the required program of study.

 Through these classes, you will develop the necessary counseling and interpersonal skills needed to manage a school counseling program. You will also learn proactive problem-solving skills and graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of academic, social, psychological and behavioral aspects of a student's life. 

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Program Locations

  • Troy Campus
  • Dothan Campus
  • Phenix City Campus

 

What Can You Do with a Graduate Degree in Counseling? 

 You can find a fulfilling career with a variety of state, federal and community agencies. These agencies include state vocational agencies and rehabilitation centers. Ask about working in clinical environments. 

General counseling is a useful entry-level degree for use in any mental health agency, non-profit, and social work environment.

Student Affairs professional are an integral part of student success in post-secondary education.

Earning your master’s degree in general counseling can open new career options for you within agencies, colleges and schools. Also, in the state of Florida, you may become certified as a school counselor if you complete your practicum hours in a school setting and take the proper required courses, which you can choose as your electives. TROY’s general counseling master’s program is designed to provide students with knowledge of theory and application of counseling skills particularly as it relates to providing general counseling.

TROY’s tuition costs are competitive, and students pay state rates even if they are obtaining their degree in one of our global campus sites in Florida or Georgia. Classes are offered in the evenings or on the weekend, allowing a flexible schedule for those working full-time jobs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • M.S.- Master of Science is the degree designation for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
  • M.Ed.- Master of Education is the degree designation for the School Counselor Program (while this program is CACREP accredited, it's also regulated by the Alabama Department of Education). 
  • Ed.S.- Education Specialist is a post-graduate degree in either School Counseling or Counseling 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics, the average annual salary for someone with a master’s in counseling is $70,000. This can, however, vary greatly depending on where you are located and your employment sector.

That is entirely depending on the career path you choose. While any undergraduate degree can lead to counseling-related jobs, professional counselors will need to complete an undergraduate and a master’s degree in counseling.  TROY offers a variety of M.S., Ed. S., M.S. Ed., and certificate programs.

The pathway to becoming a Professional School Counselor (we're no longer referred to as guidance counselors) begins with a bachelor’s degree in social science or education.  After completing a bachelor's degree, one would need to apply for admission into a School Counseling program (this is a master's degree).   Completing the School Counseling Masters typically includes the following:  completion of course work, graduate-level practicum and internship, passing required exams, and apply for certifications and/or licensure.

  • Complete a graduate degree in counseling
  • Identify and complete the individual state requirements for licensure. 

 

  • Apply for and complete a graduate degree in a counseling specialty (clinical mental health, rehabilitation, etc.)
  • Identify state requirements for certification as a substance abuse counselor (each state is different)
  • There are 3 National Organizations that certify Addiction Counselors: NAADAC, IC&RC, and NBCC.

Time to degree completion is dependent upon the student.  However full-time students typically complete all degree requirements in 2 1/2 - 3 years.

Licensure is governed by each individual state- professional licensed counselors are typically referred to as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC)

No, the certificate is a specialization in a specific area.  However, having certifications makes one more marketable.  



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