Student Membership with CCA has many great benefits, including:

  • Our mentoring program, to be mentored by a counselor already in the field
  • Opportunities for leadership roles with our divisions, committees, and chapters—a great resume booster!
  • Access to job and internship postings specifically looking for counselors
  • Discounted rates to our workshops and conferences
  • Opportunities to present a poster at our annual conference to receive feedback and encouragement from seasoned counselors
  • Discounted student membership rate for one year post graduation


Graduate Programs

Three schools in Connecticut are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Learn more about what CACREP accreditation means for you at

CACREP Accredited Programs

Fairfield University

The Counselor Education Department at Fairfield University offers two graduate degree programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs:

The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60-credit hours)

The MA in School Counseling (minimum of 48-credit hours)

The Counselor Education Department also offers two Advanced Certificate Training Programs:

Advanced Training Certificate in Spirituality and Religion in Counseling (18-credit hours)

Advanced Training Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling (18 credit-hours)

The Southern CT State University school counseling program consists of a 52-credit Master of Science degree.

Sixth Year Professional Diploma

This program can be designed to help counselors who graduated many years ago (with 36-48 credits) to pursue the State of Connecticut Licensure (LPC) requirements. At least 30 credits beyond the master’s degree is required for the sixth year diploma. Please note that the Sixth Year Certification does not hold CACREP Accreditation.

Western CT State University

The counselor education program includes a 48-credit School Counseling option and a 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling program option, each leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree.

University of St. Joseph

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 54-60 credits

Master of Arts in School Counseling, 54-60 credits

All programs are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Connecticut Board of Higher Education.
Central CT State University

Counselor Education with Specialization in Professional and Rehabilitation Counseling

Counselor Education with Specialization in School Counseling

 Counselor Education with Specialization in Student Development in Higher Education

Marriage and Family Therapy


The State of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health regulates Counselor licensure (LPC).

Below are links to commonly asked questions regarding the licensure process. The licensure application contains all of the necessary requirements to obtain licensure. For more details click on the link below.

Professional Counselor Licensing Requirements

Reinstatement of a Lapsed License

Continuing Education

Practice Act

Malpractice Insurance

Student Malpractice Insurance is available through the American Counseling Association and the American Mental Health Counselor Association at reduced rates to members.

American Counseling Association Student Liability Insurance Program

AMHCA Student Liability Insurance Program