Steve Wicks: Hi, I'm Steve Wicks, Enrollment Advisor for graduate programs at CCAPS. If you're interested in our integrated behavioral health program, you're probably asking yourself, what are the job prospects? Will I be able to find work after graduation? Let's find out what the career outlook is for mental health counselors from Director of Graduate Studies Debra Wamsley.
Debra Wamsley: For a Master of Professional Studies and Integrated Behavioral Health student, the career outlook is very good. The need for counselors, for trained clinicians is steadily growing. More employee assistance programs are offering mental health counseling; insurance companies are increasingly providing reimbursement for counseling; and military veterans, trauma survivors, and people recovering from loss continue to seek mental health services.
(Graph on screen: US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors to be 25% by 2029; all other jobs is 4%.)
Wicks: Where do mental health counselors typically find work?
Wamsley: IBH students can work in a variety of different settings: outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers, residential mental health and substance abuse facilities, individual and family agencies, hospitals, or government agencies.
IBH graduate Autumn A.: The IBH program especially is really geared towards empirically validated treatments.
IBH student Gokce B.: Really preparing us to go out there be in the field, talk to clients, be with clients.
IBH student Hadeel B.: The professor would spend a very small portion of time lecturing and then other time we would, like, split up into groups and work on skills. And I really appreciated that, and I feel like that's how I learned the most.
Gocke B.: IBH program has been so application-oriented, which will be very helpful to transition from academia to working in the field.
Wamsley: Working in the mental health field is incredibly rewarding. If you're interested in helping people, we can help you find the right path.
Wicks: If you'd like to learn more about the Integrated Behavioral Health degree, let's connect. You can email me or schedule an appointment to chat. Visit the CCAPS website for details.