Which will you pick

Graduate Programs

  • Master's in Addiction Counseling
  • Master's in School Counseling
  • Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Post-Graduate Programs

  • School Counselor Endorsement
  • School Counselor License

A Proven Leader in Counseling Education

The Counseling Program began in 1964 when the University of Detroit launched a master's program in Pastoral Counseling. The Counseling program has since grown and responded to the changing needs in society, and today offers three master's degrees in addiction counseling, clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. In addition, the Counseling Program offers post-graduate certification in school counseling. The tradition begun long ago reflects Detroit Mercy's rich history as one of the first counselor education programs in the state and among the first in the country.

Introduction to the Counseling Profession

The counseling profession is designed to assist individuals in effectively managing the many challenges of living through self-exploration and increased self-awareness. The counseling profession is one that begins at the graduate level with many counseling students possessing undergraduate degrees in related social sciences (i.e., psychology, addiction studies, social work).

Rooted in counseling theory and evidence-based practices, professional counselors are trained in the development of a wide range of clinical competencies to effectively treat individuals with serious mental health and behavioral disorders, addiction, and developmental challenges. Students complete a robust academic curriculum that includes clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning, enhanced training in consultation and program development, and specialized curriculum in the treatment of addiction and trauma. Academic coursework is complemented by a semester-long practicum in the University of Detroit Mercy Counseling Clinic, a large, no-cost teaching clinic that serves the public and a 600-hour clinical internship at a local counseling organization or institution. It is as a result of this rigorous training that graduates of the University of Detroit Mercy's Counseling program are equipped most effectively to work with individuals to effect positive change in every aspect of living.

Addiction Counseling

Master of Arts (MA) and Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC)
& Certification as an Addiction Counselor (CAC)

Program Requirements

The Addiction Counseling Program at  University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's premier addiction counseling program. The program has the longest history in the state and is among the first of its kind in the nation. As a result, Detroit Mercy's program is the leader in addiction counseling, known for its innovation in providing cutting-edge education related to substance and behavioral addiction counseling. Partnering with an array of addiction treatment programs in southeast Michigan, Detroit Mercy's Addiction Counseling Program has been pivotal in improving the field of addiction counseling in Michigan and throughout the United States.

The Master of Arts for Addiction Counseling provides specialized training in the prevention, assessment and treatment of addictive disorders. With a foundation in mental health counseling, specific course work in addiction counseling is completed to fulfill requirements for competence in both substance and process/behavioral (e.g., gambling, sexual) addictions. The program prepares individuals for working with addictions in a variety of settings, such as private and public agencies, rehabilitation centers, as well as outpatient clinics.

The intensive program of study combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience, and promotes deep knowledge and competencies related specifically to addiction counseling to promote highly competent mental health clinicians specializing in the prevention, assessment and treatment of addiction. Upon completion of the program, individuals are eligible for both professional licensure as a counselor within the state of Michigan (LLPC) and certification as an addictions counselor (CAC) within the state of Michigan. The 60-credit-hour program generally requires three years to complete. Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for an M.A. in Addiction Counseling.

Graduates of our Addiction Counseling Program are typically well-sought after and hired immediately upon graduation as addiction counselors/therapists, clinical supervisors, administrators and program developers.

Recent graduates of the MA in Addiction Counseling Program have said
the following:

  • The program is more than just coursework--there are continuous opportunities for growth and professional development!

  • The size of the program, the support from faculty, and the real world learning experiences allowed me to grow and flourish, and quickly gain employment as a professional counselor.

  • The program has thoroughly prepared me for all aspects of my career.

  • I was constantly challenged to fully examine what was right and ethical and ensure that care for the client always came first--the foundation of any counseling situation.

  • The Addiction Counseling program at Detroit Mercy is by far better than any other!

For Teachers | For Non-Teachers

Graduate Programs in School Counseling

Master of Arts (MA) & Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) & School Counselor Endorsement

Inquire about 60% tuition remission
for Michigan educators.

Contact: Theresa Carson

University of Detroit Mercy offers two Master of Arts programs in school counseling and two post-graduate certificate programs in school counseling.

This program offers training to certified teachers interested in working within a school setting as school counselors or guidance directors or in other related capacities as well as to teachers that are interested in school counseling principles. Coursework emphasizes counseling theory, assessment practices, counseling skills and issues specifically related to school counseling.

For Non-Teachers

The M.A. in School Counseling-School Counselor License program is available to individuals who wish to specialize as K-12 school counselors, and who do not possess a teaching certificate. Coursework emphasizes counseling theory, assessment practices, counseling skills and issues specifically related to school counseling.

After the completion of 39 credit hours and successfully passing the Michigan Guidance Counselor Test, students can become eligible to begin employment as a school counselor through the Preliminary Authorization to Work program designed for school counselors. Graduates of the program fulfill the academic requirements for both professional licensure as a counselor within the state of Michigan and the School Counselor Endorsement through the Michigan Department of Education. The 57-credit-hour program generally requires two to three years to complete.

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for the M.A. in School Counseling-School Counselor License program.


Master of Arts (MA) & Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) & School Counselor License

For Teachers

The M.A. in School Counseling - School Counselor Endorsement program offers training to certified teachers interested in working as as K-12 school counselors, guidance directors or in related capacities, as well as to teachers who are interested in gaining advanced knowledge and skill development in counseling. Coursework emphasizes counseling theory, assessment practices, counseling skills and issues specifically related to school counseling.

After the completion of 39 credit hours and successfully passing the Michigan Guidance Counselor Test, students can become eligible to begin employment as a school counselor through the Preliminary Authorization to Work program designed for school counselors. Graduates of the program fulfill the academic requirements for both professional licensure as a counselor within the state of Michigan and the School Counselor Endorsement through the Michigan Department of Education. The 48-credit-hour program generally requires 2 to 3 years to complete.

This program offers training for certified teachers planning to work in a school setting as school counselors, guidance directors, pupil personnel directors, or teachers interested in school counseling principles. This 48 credit hour program will qualify students for the School Counselor Endorsement from the State of Michigan, Department of Education.

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for the M.A. in School Counseling-School Counselor Endorsement program.

What our School Counseling Graduates have said:

  • Now I know why UDM's School Counseling program is so well-regarded in the field!

  • The School Counseling program helped me to grow personally and professionally, and as a result, I was hired before I completed my internship.

  • Even with the downsizing of schools in the region, my peers and I had little problems becoming employed--this says it all about UDM's Counseling program!

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Arts (MA) & Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC)

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers graduate training to those interested in working as master's level clinicians in the mental health field. Potential work settings include but are not limited to outpatient clinics, human service organizations, public systems (mental health, child welfare, criminal justice), health care systems, and psychiatric facilities. The curriculum is grounded in counseling theory and a strong emphasis on counseling skill development complements assessment practices, cultural competence, human development, and comprehensive program development and evaluation. The semester-long practicum experience in the UDM Counseling Clinic followed by a 600-hour internship at a community-based organization provides the highest quality hands-on experience for counselors-in-training.

The content and sequence of courses aim at promoting deep knowledge and competencies to work effectively with individuals experiencing serious mental health issues and/or challenges related to living. Completion of the program qualifies individuals for licensure as a professional counselor within the state of Michigan. The 60 credit hour program generally requires three years to complete.

Graduates of Detroit Mercy's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program are typically hired immediately either by their internship site or by another organization. Our graduates fulfill such roles as therapist, clinical supervisor,program director, and researchers in an array of organizations such as the Veterans Administration, human service organizations, psychiatric hospitals, and outpatient clinics.

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program have said the following:

  • Detroit Mercy's Counseling taught me how to be the most effective counselor I could be. I not only learned clinical skills, but I learned how to think critically about the world, how to design mental health programs, and how to engage in social justice. Because of my degree, I was hired immediately, and am now directing my own outpatient program.

  • I would wholeheartedly recommend Detroit Mercy for a degree in Counseling because of the quality, richness, and rigor of the program.

  • My graduate experience at Detroit Mercy was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

  • The diversity, opportunities for outreach, and understanding of advisors and professors make Detroit Mercy's Counseling program the best!

  • The professor/student relationships, availability of professors, and practical experience of professors working in the field are just some of the strengths of Detroit Mercy's program.

  • The small class sizes, small advisor loads, and incredible community of learning in Detroit Mercy's Counseling program are un-matchable!

School Counselor Endorsement | School Counselor License 

Post-Graduate School Counselor Endorsement

The Post-Graduate School Counselor Endorsement program is one of the University of Detroit Mercy's niche programs--the only of its kind in the state of Michigan. The Post-Graduate School Counselor Endorsement program is designed specifically for individuals who possess a Master's degree and a teaching certificate who wish to become school counselors. A 600 internship is required for the program.

Individuals completing this program are eligible for the School Counselor Endorsement to the teaching certificate through the Michigan Department of Education. The 30-credit-hour program generally requires one to two years to complete. Additional coursework may be required.

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the Post-Graduate School Counselor Endorsement program includes the following: an MA in counseling from an equivalent graduate Counseling program (granted within the past 15 years); a 1 - 2 page Letter of Intent that outlines the applicants personal career goals; one Letter of Recommendation written by an employer or former Counseling faculty member; and, an interview with the Program Director. Any gaps in the initial Counseling curriculum may require additional coursework.

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for the Post-Graduate School Counseling Endorsement program.


Post-Graduate School Counselor License

The Post-Graduate School Counselor License program is another unique program offered by the University of Detroit Mercy's Counseling program. The program is specifically designed for individuals who possess a Master's degree in Counseling (Community/Clinical Mental Health, Addiction, Mental Health, Marriage and Family, or College Counseling from a CACREP accredited institution) who wish to become certified as school counselors. The 18-credit-hour curriculum consists of an intensive focus on the role of the counselor in the K-12 school and the broader context of K-12 education. In addition to traditional coursework in school counseling, a 300-hour internship completed in a K-12 setting is required. Individuals completing this program are eligible for the School Counselor License authorized by the Michigan Department of Education.

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the Post-Graduate School Counselor License program includes the following: an MA in counseling from an equivalent graduate Counseling program (granted within the past 15 years); a 1 - 2 page Letter of Intent that outlines the applicant's personal career goals; one Letter of Recommendation written by an employer or former Counseling faculty member; and, an interview with the Program Director. Any gaps in the initial Counseling curriculum may require additional coursework.

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for the Post-Graduate School Counseling License program.

Need More Information BEFORE You Apply?

If you would like more information about any of University of Detroit Mercy's Counseling Programs, please contact:

Department Chair: Nancy Calleja, Ph.D., LPC
Reno Hall, Room 234
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-578-0436
Fax: 313-578-0507
Email: calleyng@udmercy.edu


Are You Ready to Apply?

To apply, please go to the UDM Admissions page:

http://www.udmercy.edu/apply/index.htm

Because our apply page needs to accommodate all of our applicants in the disciplines that UDM offers, it may seem a bit confusing at first. To help you navigate the admissions process, we encourage you to communicate with an admissions counselor by phone at 800-635-5020 or by email at admissions@udmercy.edu.