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Pursue a career in counseling psychology with an online counseling degree

If you’re looking to dive into the counseling psychology field, pursuing a counseling degree online could be the right choice for you. Whether you’re embarking on a career change, need to take care of family members, or simply prefer a remote education option, online counseling degrees are out there. They’re flexible, immersive, and accessible.

Wondering what it takes to pursue a counseling degree online? Read on.


What does an online counseling degree entail?

You can obtain a Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree online at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Also known as CMHC, Clinical Mental Health Counseling combines classic psychotherapy methods with individualized care. TCSPP’s online CMHC program educates students on topics related to anxiety, depression, grief, stress, relationships, and other mental health issues.

Counseling psychology programs train students in advocacy, counseling, prevention, intervention, assessment, diagnosis, evaluation, research, and many other skills. Qualified graduates can go on to apply for jobs in hospitals, health centers, government or community agencies, or private practices.

The Chicago School’s online M.A. in CMHC does the above by following “The Essential Threads.” “The Essential Threads” are the foundation of the online counseling degree program. They include professional identity, ethical decision making, multicultural competence, and practical application.

Every course and assignment in the program supports these underlying values. Courses include “Diagnosis of Mental Health Issues” and “Assessment of Individuals”


What does it take to complete an online counseling degree?

The Chicago School’s M.A. in CMHC is a part-time master’s program and takes three years to complete.

It requires 60 credit hours total. This means students typically devote about 21 hours per week to classes and coursework.

While the online framework is flexible, students still get a wealth of interactive and real-world experiences. Courses include live discussions performed online. Fieldwork is part of the program’s requirements; students must complete a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship. Also, there are two required in-person residencies where students develop clinical counseling skills.

For more information on program requirements, check out the program page.

Ready to start your journey?

It’s a good time to pursue your online counseling degree. After all, EMSI reports a predicted growth of 13% in counseling degrees by the year 2025. This rise in popularity coincides with a growth in the job market. Discover more statistics in this post.

If you are interested in learning more about The Chicago School of Professional Psychology? Fill out the form below to request more information, visit our programs page, or you can apply today through our application portal.


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