Forensic and Correctional Counseling
Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Students enrolled in the counseling masters program with an area of emphasis in forensics are trained to work as mental health counselors with individuals, families and systems that interface with the legal and criminal justice arena.  Our aim is to prepare clinicians who will be able to assess, treat, consult and apply a full array of counseling services in forensic and correctional settings.

There is great need for counselors trained specifically to provide mental health and substance abuse assessment and treatment services to individuals involved with the criminal justice system. 

The Forensic & Correctional Counseling area of emphasis examines the relationship between counseling and the legal system, and trains students at this intersection as it relates to applying counseling principles in legal, judicial, correctional, community, clinical, and administrative systems.

We enroll new students into our Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA program evey January and late AugustClick here to see our timing and deadlines.  

Forensic & Correctional Counseling Curriculum

The core curriculum for the Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is augmented by coursework specific to forensics and counseling within the criminal justice system.

Time to completion is two years full time or three years part time. The following links are to PDF documents that provide the course sequence. Individual course descriptions are available in our course catalog.

Full-time Course Sequence (2 years)
Part-time Course Sequence (3 years - no summers)
Part-time Course Sequence (3 years - with summers)

How does the Masters in Counseling differ from a doctoral degree in Forensic Psychology?

Our degree is a Counseling degree that qualifies graduates (after following the appropriate post-masters requirements by the state licensing board) to obtain a license as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts. You may pursue a license as a mental health counselor (LMHC) or professional counselor (LPC) in other states if you comply with their licensing requirements. Our graduates are trained to provide counseling services and to perform basic assessment services (not including psychological testing) for individuals involved with the criminal justice system. On the other hand, Forensic Psychologists have a doctoral degree and are licensed as psychologists or clinical psychologists.

Hear from a student who chose a Masters in Counseling vs a Doctoral degree in Forensic Psychology

Forensic Counseling Program Careers

Our graduates work in settings that utilize the study and practice of forensic and correctional counseling including correctional facilities, juvenile detention centers, substance abuse assessment and treatment facilities, court clinics, secured forensic units, community settings, and child advocacy centers. Additionally, our graduates are prepared to work in general counseling settings.  Over the past several years the majority of students in the forensic and correctional counseling area of emphasis secured employment prior to graduation.

For more information on our Counseling programs

Would you like to learn more about our counseling programs or the admissions process? Request information here and select the track that most interests you.

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Prefer to talk to someone who's been there, done that? Contact one of our Student Ambassadors for the counseling program to get a student's views.

Our Counseling Department faculty and staff are available to answer your questions. Prospective students are welcome to contact directly the Area of Emphasis Directors or the Department Chair with questions about the program or to discuss your career and academic goals.

Learn more about Forensic Psychology Degree Programs at William James College.