Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies announces the launch of a new Master of Arts program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Charlotte. The program is set to begin at the Charlotte campus on September 13, according to Jonathan Shores, Montreat College’s Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment.  The College started the first cohort in Asheville in June 2012.

The new master’s will be a strong addition to both undergraduate and graduate students, according to Shores. “First, it will help our current students and students who have graduated from the Psychology and Human Services programs to continue their education,” Shores says. “Secondly, this expands the graduate level degree offerings at the college which helps with our position in higher education.” In addition to this, Shores explains how the program will meet needs in the local community in two ways: by educating practitioners who will then counsel local clients.

Graduates of the program will meet the educational requirements set forth by the NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors for the Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) license, the first step towards the LPC license in NC.

Montreat College has been approved to become a National Board for Certified Counselors provider of continuing education activities. The approval puts Montreat on the list of institutions and associations that are acknowledged for their high quality of continuing education activities to National Certified Counselors.

Dr. Angela Shores, the program director, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in NC, a National Certified Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor.  Shores earned her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from NC State University where she completed the prestigious Preparing the Professoriate fellowship and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Chi Sigma Iota honor societies.  Shores has professional experience in the private practice setting as well as in academic and career counseling on the college campus, has served in leadership roles at the state and national level in professional counseling associations, and served on the NC Jurisprudence Exam Committee to help write content questions and educational briefs for the exam which is now a required component of licensure applications and renewals.  

Courses for the program are available in Asheville and Charlotte.  Email for more information.