Counseling Program

Mission: The mission of the AGS counseling program is to prepare mental health professionals to provide ethical and competent counseling for the real-world needs of a diverse global community.

Adler Graduate School’s counseling program prepares students to become professional counselors that offer ethical, culturally-responsive, wellness-oriented, trauma-informed, and evidence-based preventive and therapeutic mental health services to diverse individuals, couples, and families. As a strong sense of community is central to an Adlerian orientation, students also develop the ability to engage in advocacy and promote social justice. Students in the program acquire a strong knowledge base and skill-set to provide direct services to clients and to collaborate with other mental health professionals.  Settings in which professional counselors practice include but are not limited to community agencies, inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, residential facilities, hospice care centers, or private practice. The program is offered in three specialty areas with specific requirements aimed at preparing professionals to meet specific client needs.

Areas of Emphasis

Adler Graduate School’s counseling program is offered in three areas of emphasis. Students in all areas acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to assess, conceptualize and treat individuals and families.

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    • ​The Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty (CMHC) prepares students to help children, adolescents, and adults overcome mental health challenges and achieve holistic wellness. Students in the program learn current and emerging evidence-based approaches to screening, assessment & diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders and develop prevention and intervention skills essential for practicing effective mental health counseling.
  •  Co-Occurring Disorders and Addiction Counseling
    • The Co-Occurring Disorders, and Addictions Counseling specialty (CODAC) prepares students to treat the complex and unique clinical presentation of addiction with another mental health disorder. CODAC students learn current and emerging evidence-based approaches to screening, assessment & diagnosis, and treatment of various mental health and co-occurring disorders, including individual-, group-, community-, and neuroscience-based methods.
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
    • The Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (MCFC) specialty prepares students with the knowledge and skills of systems theory to work in various clinical settings. Marriage, Couple, and Family counselors work from a system-based and holistic perspective to help children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families to overcome a spectrum of relational challenges.

Methods of Instruction

Some courses are offered exclusively online, while others are offered on campus, online or in a hybrid format. Some online courses are offered in a synchronous format and others are asynchronous, allowing for flexibility in scheduling for returning adults or the continuous learner. Students are encouraged to work with their advisors to develop a program plan that best fits their learning styles and life situation. All specialties include a field experience component, comprised of practicum and internship, where students apply their knowledge and practice their skills by working in a clinical setting.

Admission Information | Matriculation Requirements | Financial Aid

  • As part of our effort toward equity there is no GRE or MAT requirement. To see the full admission requirements please click HERE.
  • To view our academic policy on matriculation please click HERE. For minimum degree requirements please view the specialty areas below.
  • For financial Aid information please click HERE.

Meet our Core Faculty

The diverse faculty is the foundation of the Adler Graduate School learning experience. Our faculty features skilled educators with online teaching expertise and mental health professionals with an array of clinical, leadership, and research experience. AGS faculty are dedicated to supporting your success. Please click HERE to meet our faculty.

Licensure Information

Professional counseling practice requires a professional license. Licensure types and requirements vary from state to state and are subject to changes. Our program prepares students to meet the educational requirements of the LPCC, LADC, and/or LMFT in the state of MN. In order to verify whether our program meets licensure requirements in the state where you intend to practice, please contact the state licensure board. Contact information for licensure boards can be found at the American Counseling Association State Professional Counselor Licensure Boards page and at the American Association of State Counseling Boards Members page. Information about licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the different states can be found at the American Foundation for Marriage and Family Therapy webpage. For licensure in addictions visit The Association for Addiction Professionals.

Program Evaluation

Program objectives and program evaluation information, including the number of graduates for the past academic year, pass rates on credentialing examinations, completion rates, and job placement rates can be found in the assessment page and in the program annual report.