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Fast Facts for Mental Health Counselors in Illinois

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Chicago and Rockford
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Peoria and Champaign
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Chicago and Rockford

Salaries for Mental Health Counselors in Illinois

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Chicago and Champaign

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Programs
  • Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Certificate in Trauma
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology program helps students prepare for careers in counseling, marketing/sales, human services, ministry, and more.
  • The School of Psychology & Counseling received a 95% match rate for 4th year Psy.D. student internships in 2015.
  • Programmatic accreditation for psychology programs is provided by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Programs
  • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology
  • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Geropsychology
  • M.S. in Psychology: General Psychology
  • Work in the fascinating and rewarding field of psychology - earn your bachelor's or master's degree online with Grand Canyon University.
  • The College of Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research, creativity, ethical formation and inquiry through critical, analytical and interdisciplinary study.
  • GCU's bachelor's and master's in psychology degrees combine academic theory with practical application.
  • Gain a comprehensive study of human behavior within a Christian values-oriented environment designed to emphasize compassion and ethics.
  • Join a values-based community surrounded by compassion, ethics and research on human behavior.
Programs
  • BS in Psychology - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology
  • MS in Psychology - Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization
  • Programs include Bachelor of Science in Human Services, Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addiction, and more.
  • Approved as an education provider by the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).
  • Courses cover topics such as addiction science, assessment, prevention, and treatment.
  • Students learn how to identify, plan, and use resources to help improve client situations.
Programs
  • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • M.A. Counseling Psychology
  • Psy.D. Clinical Psychology
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year.
  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Links students to hundreds of training opportunities ( beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at their many “partner agencies” in each of their local communities. 
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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Chicago
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Programs
  • Online Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)
  • Online Master of Arts in Counseling - Professional School Counseling (PSC)
  • Ranked #4 among the 2015 Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as 2015 Military Friendly School by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Student to faculty ratio of 12:1, with an average class size of 21.
  • 85% of faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree in their field.
  • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
Programs
  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology
  • Ranked among the 2015 Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated at 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • 89% of full time factulty hold a terminal degree in their field.
  • 10:1 student to faculty ratio, and 62% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission(HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
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Elgin
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Programs
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Ranked among the 2015 Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as a Military Friendly School every year since 2012 by Victory Media.
  • Offers credit for prior learning and experience through assessment tests.
  • Provides a short term Leadership Certification program in partnership with EQUIP®.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
Programs
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis
  •  Ranked one of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  •  Offers a no-obligation, 3-week trial period where students may determine if the university is right for them before they commit to it.
  •  Strives to be a student’s partner in lifelong learning; committed to helping them achieve their goals.
  •  Serves students of all ages, from first-graders learning to read to professionals seeking postgraduate training.
  •  Provides career-oriented diploma through master’s programs in fields such as healthcare, business, legal and paralegal services, information technology, criminal justice and design.
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Davenport
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Programs
  • Counseling Psychology (EdD)
  • Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
  • Psychology (BA)
  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
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Chicago
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Programs
  • Mental Health Policy and Practice - Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
  • Psychology - BA
  • General Psychology - PhD of Psychology
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.

More Illinois Mental Health Counseling Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Chicago
Doctorate
549
Chicago
Associate
8,633
Chicago
Associate
6,140
Chicago
Associate
10,993
Glen Ellyn
Associate
25,768
Grayslake
Associate
16,010
Elgin
Associate
9,613
University Park
Doctorate
5,692
East Peoria
Associate
11,804
Fairfield
Associate
2,102
Oglesby
Associate
4,103
Palos Hills
Associate
15,859
Chicago
Doctorate
7,405
Chicago
Masters
12,814
Dekalb
Doctorate & First Professional
25,254
Des Plaines
Associate
10,805
Rockford
Associate
7,923
Chicago
Doctorate
7,163
Chicago
Bachelor
1,289
Chicago
Masters
5,675
Ullin
Associate
2,176
South Holland
Associate
6,260
Harrisburg
Associate
2,606
River Grove
Associate
15,658
Sugar Grove
Associate
8,731

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Mental Health Counselors

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Illinois. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Mental Health Counselors

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Mental Health Counselors relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Champaign N/A $20,820
Urbana N/A $20,820
Bloomington 90 $37,280
Kankakee 60 $41,790
Peoria 170 $44,340
Rockford 90 $40,980
Springfield 90 $36,430

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