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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Program Objectives

  • The counseling programs at Arkansas State University educate, develop and train counseling professionals by utilizing the highest external standards set by state and national licensing/certifying boards. The curriculum emphasizes a common professional identity of all counselors.

  • The principle mission of the Counseling Programs is to prepare quality counselors for various settings in Arkansas and the nation. We train competent and ethical counseling practitioners that work in a wide range of counseling settings and serve a diverse population of clients representing a variety of cultural dimensions, lifestyles, and capabilities.


We also believe that it is our mission to:

  • Instill a strong sense of professional identity in students.
  • Help students gain an appreciation of the rich knowledge base in counselor education.
  • Develop student expertise in the skills of counseling.
  • Aid students to become certified and/or licensed.
  • Aid students/graduates in their initial job placement.
  • Teach and perform research applicable to the practice of counseling.
  • Aid students in understanding the diversity of views and cultures within our profession and the environment in which counselors practice.


Asher M. Pimpleton-Gray, Ph.D., LPC
Southern Illinois University
Director of Counseling Programs

Patrick L. Peck, Ed.D.
Idaho State University

Sharon Davis, Ph.D., CRC
Southern Illinois University

Lacy Overley, Ph.D., NCC, LPC, RPT
Play Therapy Certificate Coordinator
University of Mississippi

Kasie Lee, Ph.D., NCC, LPC, RPT
Play Therapy Certificate Coordinator
University of North Texas
Play Therapy Certificate Coordinator

Peter Shane Butler, Ph.D., CRC
University of Arkansas

Admission Requirements for all programs

Required Courses

Comprehensive Examinations

Annual Review

Practicum/Internship Handbook

Vital Statistics

Programs Offered:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling:

Graduates of the Clinical Mental Health program are prepared to work with diverse populations in a variety of clinical and agency settings as licensed professional counselors. Students will complete the graduate program with a clear professional identity, a diverse skill set, and a strong theoretical knowledge base. Emphasis is also placed on advocacy, ethical decision-making and cultural competence.

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Rehabilitation Counseling:

Professional rehabilitation counselors encourage and support persons with disabilities and their families to fully participate in their community by providing individual and group counseling, vocational assessment, case management, advocacy, assistive technology, and consultation services to help meet their personal, social, vocational, psychological, independent living, and quality of life goals. Therefore, the mission of the Rehabilitation Counseling program at Arkansas State University is to prepare professional rehabilitation counselors who will provide quality rehabilitation counseling services for persons with disabilities from diverse backgrounds and their families.

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School Counseling:

The purpose of the M.S.E. degree in School Counseling is to train school counseling professionals with expert skills in coordinating school counseling programs, supporting the teaching/learning process, counseling with students, and consulting with persons having significant influence on students' well-being and development.

Applications will no longer be accepted for the M.S. Degree in School Counseling. The program has been suspended indefinitely.

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