On Sept. 1st, the Texas A&M Universi- ty System’s Board of Regents gathered to endorse the formation of a new Counseling Master’s Degree program
Department chair, Dr. Steve Bain spoke ecstatically about the new addition to the Educational Leadership and Counseling de- partment. “The new M.S. in Clinical MentalHealth Counseling will be a WIN/WIN/ WIN for our students, the university, and the community as a whole…it will [be] provid- ing [students] with a cutting-edge, accred- ited degree that will make them marketable and licensable in Texas and beyond,” Bain states.
According to Bain, the program will be an asset to future counselors, as they will have a specialization in rural mental health.
The advantage these graduate level students will have allows them to better understand how to handle issues small-scale areas face. Students will now have to abide by this 60-hour degree plan in order to ease the relocation transition.
To comply with The Council for Accredtation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), all scholars must switch to the new degree if they wish to be eligible for the Licensed Professional Counselors state exam.
“Because TAMUK services many rural areas, we are looking to make a positive impact on those with fewer resources…that’s why we will offer an emphasis is ‘Rural Mental Health Counseling. As far as I know, there is not another degree that offers [this] emphasis.”
The Master’s Degree in Rural Mental Health will be implemented in spring 2017. TAMUK’s goal is to impact culturally diverse communities that may be underprivileged. Skills acquired will enable counselors to assess patients in a school setting, as well as within marriage and family situations.