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Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

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During the COVID-19 emergency, we will not always be able to help you in-person, but we can still help you virtually!  Please use this contact list to stay in touch:

Dr. Lu Oprea, Associate Professor

Dr. Cynthia Greer, Associate Professor

Dr. Diane Reese, Assistant Professor

Dr. Samantha Knox, Director of Clinical Training; 202-884-9563

Dr. Mary Romanello; 202-884-9677

Do you want to pursue professional counselor licensure in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia or another state?

Our Master of Arts (M.A.) graduate program in clinical mental health counseling provides for comprehensive study as well as supervised field training dedicated to preparing you for entry into the counseling profession.

You will be prepared to take the examination to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.), which would authorize you to work in schools, communities and private practices. At Trinity, you will receive individual attention to your interests and goals and will encounter learning experiences that emphasize an integration of theory, research and ethical practice in counseling children, adolescents and families of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Like all of our graduates, you will be qualified to provide individual and group counseling, to implement assessment and consultation services, and to develop, direct and evaluate comprehensive counseling services.

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Featured Courses

COUN 540 Principles and Theories of Counseling COUN 550 Multicultural Counseling COUN 555 Counseling Children and Adolescents COUN 561 Principles and Practices of School Counseling COUN 570 Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling COUN 604 Expressive Arts in Counseling COUN 606 Trauma & Crisis Intervention in Counseling

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Career Paths

  • Mental Health Counselor 
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Private Practitioner
  • Child and Adolescent Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Counselor

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The Initiative on ACEs and Trauma

The Initiative on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma: Becoming Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive

The faculty in the Counseling and Mental Health programs is compiling research evidence-based information about the physical, emotional, and cognitive effects of toxic stress and trauma on children and to identify systemic and individual best practices. When children do not receive the support and appropriate interventions that are needed, the research sates that there is a likelihood of long term impacts on physical and mental health into adulthood. Therefore, the mission of this initiative is to create curriculum reform to ensure that students are graduating from a professional counseling program that is ACEs and trauma informed and responsive. The core research team of counselor educators works collaboratively with other academic programs in the institution and with community partners. A primary goal of this initiative is to focus on prevention and to be proactive while acknowledging the historic and systemic issues of collective and intergenerational trauma. The goals of this collaborative effort are to recognize and define these issues and provide strategies and interventions through an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach.

To ensure social justice, the purpose of this faculty research initiative is to ensure that best practices are identified and shared so that our Trinity community and external community partners are able to address and respond to issues of trauma that include: racism, and all other “isms,” poverty, homelessness, unstable family relationship food insecurity, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and the resulting lived experiences of children and adults.


The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the following programs in the Counseling Graduate Program at Trinity Washington University: Clinical
Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) and School Counseling (M.A.).

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, and meets state certification requirements of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia..

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