MA in Counseling at EMU

Within our professional counseling program we strive to achieve the highest standards of excellence in providing psychologically and spiritually grounded training for counselors. We seek to create a community atmosphere within the program, a community bold with creative ideas and open with honesty, partnering in the inner work counselor training requires.

About Our Graduates

Upon graduation, a majority of our alumni pursue licensure and register for the 3,400 hour (including 2,000 direct hours) residency required by the Virginia Board of Counseling. Following completion of residency hours, residents must be approved by the Virginia Board of Counseling to sit for the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) licensing exam.

As reported by National Board for Certified Counselors, our students score 12-15% higher on the NCMHCE licensing exam than the national pass rate averages that range between 62% and 68%.

Expressives Room

Adult community members are welcome to visit our “Expressives” room Mondays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The room, designed for expressive and creative work that facilitate self growth and self reflection, is equipped with paints, pastels, sand tray, etc.

CACREP Accreditation

CACREP AccreditationEMU’s MA in Counseling program is accredited in Community Mental Health Counseling* by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). For more information about the counseling profession, contact the American Counseling Association.

*The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Eastern Mennonite University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation runs through October 31, 2017. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling program intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines.)


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