Post # 1
So I just started my first year of grad school in the Masters in Mental Health Counseling program through Oregon State. I absolutely love the program and look forward to the future, but I’m curious where others are working with this degree? Are you happy? And if it’s not too intrusive, how much money are you making?
My dream was to get my MSW originally, but there is only one MSW program in Oregon (Portland State) and its super competitive. After getting rejected 3 years in a row, I decided to go to Plan B since I wanted to do counseling with the MSW anyway.
I’d love to hear what kinds of careers and work settings you ladies are in with the MHC degree if any are willing to share!
Thank you in advance! And just for fun, here’s a picture of me and my hubby of 2 months now 🙂
Post # 3
I have a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling, which is mental health/intellectual disabilities with more specified focus of vocational counseling. I chose to do my fieldwork in mental health, however. Right now I work in an inpatient substance abuse facility for men as a vocational counselor (our program is work intensive), but I do a lot of mental health in that role as well.
I love my job, but the money sucks. You can’t go into social services expecting to make a lot. I am less than a year out of grad school, haven’t gotten my license yet (though I have my applicable certification), and only make $28,000. My student loans are twice that amount. If it weren’t for FI’s salary, no way would we be able to make it.
Post # 4
I have a Masters in Counseling and Guidance. In my area (Missouri and Kansas), social workers rule things. I should have gone with an MSW, but I don’t plan to live here much longer. I work at a community mental health center as a case manager, but I also recently started being allowed to do intakes and annual assessments, which makes me a QMHP as well. I dont like my organization much, but i dont have many choices. Jobs here are scarce and competition is high for the good organizations and positions. I make 38k, which seems about average here. I have not yet taken the NCE or started the licensure process, but I want to before this year ends. I wish I had know the limitations of this degree because as much as I love counseling, it is not an easy field to break into. I would have had more options with an MSW. But maybe Oregon is different. Good luck!
Post # 5
Thank you both for sharing! I was afraid of being limited with this degree since MSW-ers can do SO much and are paid more $$. I just got so impatient! And the rejection stunk too.. I guess Portland State gets about 1,000 apps a year and can only accept 150 people into the program.
I’m hoping I can still have a fulfilling and decently paid position somewhere with this degree…
Thanks again for your input!
Post # 6
I wish I had gone with an MSW as well. It opens many more doors.
Post # 7
Me too, I just hope that the Masters in Mental Health Counseling will become somewhat equivalent one of these days.
Post # 8
I am an LMSW working in an outpatient mental health clinic in NYC. At our clinic, we have a mix of both MHCs and LMSW/LCSWs. It is very competitive to get into the counseling field and the money is hit or miss if you work fee-for-service, but the work is a joy. Good luck!