therapist and childrenThe Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment program prepares students for a rewarding career providing mental health services to children and adolescents.

Diverse Roles and Settings

Graduates are qualified to work in a variety of settings, including schools, community settings and health care facilities, and to fill a variety of positions, including:

  • Mental health specialist
  • Social-emotional health specialist
  • Counselor
  • Mental health coordinator
  • Family advocate
  • Military and family life counselor
  • Youth and family therapist
  • Early learning policy manager
  • Preschool director
  • Early childhood program supervisor

Career Outlook and Salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that demand for mental health counselors will grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average growth for all occupations. Mental health counselors earned a median annual wage of $41,880 in 2015, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $68,790.