Online Holistic Counseling Degree Programs

The field of holistic counseling is unfortunately not available through online study at this time. However, you can find on-campus programs in holistic counseling at the master's degree level, though even these programs are uncommon. Schools offering Mental Health Counseling degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Degree Do I Need to Work in Holistic Counseling?

While degree programs in holistic counseling are not available online, master's degree programs in this field are available from a few schools.

Admission requirements for a master's degree program in holistic counseling usually include a bachelor's degree from an accredited school. You will also typically need Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores from within the last five years.

Most schools also require letters of recommendation, a personal statement and, in some cases, a resume and interview. Some programs also require students to take prerequisite courses, although you may be able to complete them before or during your first year of the program.

Online Availability Online programs are not available
Common Courses Mental health, somatic psychology, transpersonal psychology, crisis intervention, counseling theory
Licensure Information All states require licensure for most types of counselors; NCC voluntary certification is available
Career Outlook 20% growth from 2014 to 2024 (for mental health counselors)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Courses Are Required?

The curriculum for a master's degree program in holistic counseling can vary depending on the specific program. Some schools offer students the opportunity to focus on certain specialties, such as somatic psychology, transpersonal psychology or mental health, among others.

These concentrations may be offered in addition to electives in different areas, such as grief counseling and crisis intervention. Along with coursework, you will need to complete a practicum and internship.

Some of the courses you can expect to find in this type of degree program include:

  • Counseling theory
  • Mindfulness in counseling
  • Mind body connection
  • Group psychology
  • Theories in holistic counseling
  • Biology of behavior

Will I Need a License?

While licensure requirements vary by state and specific profession, most states require some type of licensure to work as a counselor. All states require marriage and family counselors to have a license, which typically requires a certain number of supervised clinical hours, in addition to a master's degree, the completion of a state exam and continuing education credits. Working in substance abuse, on the other hand, may only require a high school diploma and certification.

A voluntary National Certified Counselor credential is also available through the National Board for Certified Counselors. This credential may exempt you from having to take state exams, depending on the state you're in.

What is the Expected Job Outlook for this Field?

While job growth for counselors varies by specialty, job growth for mental health counselors was expected to grow quickly at a rate of 20% between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of 2016, median salaries for mental health counselors were $39,118, according to Payscale.com.

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