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Mental health counselors work with individuals, couples, families, and groups that are dealing with issues that affect their mental health and well-being. They specialize in problems in living such as, but not limited to depression and anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, and substance abuse. Other facts about the profession of mental health include:

  • Began as an occupation following World War II, especially with the Community Mental Health Centers Act of 1963
  • New professionals had no organization, no licensure ability, 1978 AMHCA formed to provide professional organization and identity
  • Licensure-eligible in all 50 states (CA was the last)
  • According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, there are 260,200 positions nationwide for counselors (about 1,470 in Iowa)
  • Growing Profession
  • 20% growth in jobs over next 10 years
  • Employed in diverse setting under various job titles

Program Vision

To be the premier graduate clinical mental health counseling education program recognized for its diversity, and known for excellence in teaching, learning and research.

Program Mission

The mission of the Graduate Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The University of Iowa is to increase opportunities for participation and choices of people served through education, training, research, leadership, and community engagement.

Graduate Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The program is a consumer-focused mental health counseling and counselor education program. For many years, The University of Iowa has contributed numerous practitioners, educators, researchers, and administrators to the profession of mental health counseling. The programs have achieved national recognition through many faculty and student awards and publications. The master's program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation on Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP)  and it is in good standing.

The Graduate Programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is part of the College of Education as well as the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education. In addition to clinical mental health counseling, the Department provides accredited M.A. programs in school counseling and rehabilitation counseling. At the doctoral level, the Department offers the counselor education and supervision degree. The close coordination and support among the Department's programs provide students access to a wide range of faculty and courses.