Careers in Helping Professions

Interested in a job that integrates science and practice for the purpose of helping others? George Fox offers a number of professional programs designed to prepare you for a career as a counselor, therapist, psychologist or social worker.

Following is an overview of our graduate professional programs.

Licensed Social Work (MSW)

A Licensed Social Worker (LSW) works in a multitude of settings to help people take next steps toward healing and resilience. They most often work in the following settings:

  • Community agency
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Hospital or medical clinic
  • Social services office
  • Private practice or group practice 

The day-to-day work of a licensed social worker is focused on meeting human needs, seeking social justice, advocating for individuals and communities, and identifying resources that their clients can connect to for support and empowerment.

Our program puts students on the quickest path to pursue licensure as either an LMSW (Licensed Master of Social Work) or an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). Choose this program if you are interested in a career that combines a commitment to social justice and human service.

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"I chose to be a social worker because I’ve witnessed the power of listening. Being able to hear someone’s story allows us to understand them better, but it can also bring a sense of belonging to the individual where they feel heard and important."

Kim Nguyen, MSW alumna

Licensed Professional Counseling (MA)

A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) focuses on one-on-one therapy and group therapy for adults, helping them heal, grow and thrive. 

They work in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Community mental health centers
  • Human service agencies
  • Community or faith-based nonprofits or rehabilitation centers
  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • Health care organizations
  • Schools and universities
  • Veteran service centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Residential treatment homes

An LPC may provide therapy in their own private practice, or as part of a group practice. Choose this program if you're ready to explore a career working with adults as a counselor.

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"I always wanted to help people help themselves. Counseling can be this really powerful tool and a vehicle for change. People often feel like they’re stuck, like they don’t really know what to do. Counseling provides a safe environment for people to feel that there isn’t any judgment."

Jerrica Ching, Graduate School of Counseling alumna

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy (MA)

A Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) specializes in providing counseling for children, families and couples. They provide therapy to clients through work at a community agency, mental health center, nonprofit, or with county and state services. Other marriage and family therapists see clients through their own private or group practice.

Therapists work in settings that include:

  • Community agencies and nonprofits
  • Mental health clinics and centers
  • Private practice
  • Group practice
  • County and state services

Choose this program if you're interested in a career focused on providing therapy specifically to couples, families and children.

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School Counseling (MA)

School counselors provide mental health services to children at the elementary, middle and high school levels. They perform proactive work for the school community as a whole, which may include overseeing school-wide mental health initiatives and student support groups, while also working with students individually. 

School counselors hold the dual role of educational leader and mental health professional in their school. They provide shorter-term one-on-one counseling for students, helping with connections for longer-term care. 

Choose this program if you are interested in a career focused on mental health care and services for school communities.

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"School counseling is a unique field that allows you to touch the lives of tons and tons of kids at a time."

Leah Anderson, School Counseling alumna

School Psychology (EdS)

School psychologists work primarily in the area of testing and assessment, providing evaluation and recommendations in the following areas:

  • Academic skills
  • Learning aptitude
  • Social skills
  • Personality and emotional development

They work most specifically with the K-12 special needs population of a student body in an elementary, middle or high school. They are qualified to administer tests and assessments that help determine what challenges are facing a particular student and what next steps should be taken to help that child thrive academically and personally.

Often, the tests and assessments a school psychologist completes and interprets pave the way for students to receive support services and access to other resources and accomodations. They communicate frequently with teachers, administrators and parents, and may also provide counseling services.

Choose this program if you are interested in a career that enables you to problem-solve and offer mental health expertise and counseling solutions for students with special needs.

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"The most important part of being a school psychologist is that you are the gatekeeper for special education services."

Helen Leedom, School Psychology alumna

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

A licensed psychologist is equipped to work as a professional in therapy, consultation, assessment, research and higher education. Clinical psychologists practice in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Independent and group practices
  • Hospitals
  • Community and public health agencies
  • Government
  • Correctional facilities
  • University counseling centers
  • Church and parachurch organizations

Graduates also teach in a variety of settings, including colleges and seminaries.

Primary Care Psychology (Integrated Care)

Primary care psychologists collaborate with other professionals in medical settings such as hospitals to provide integrated healthcare for patients. This care model allows psychologists to serve people who wouldn’t seek traditional outpatient care because of perceived stigma, cost or limited time. 

The distinct focus of clinical health psychology (also known as behavioral medicine, medical psychology and psychosomatic medicine) is at the juncture of physical and emotional illness, understanding and treating the overlapping challenges.

Choose this program if you are ready to explore a career where you can provide outstanding professional services through the integration of science and practice.

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"When we sit across from clients who have been in pain, who have experienced so much trauma, we are the connection of hope ... the beacon of hope."

Joanna Harberts, PsyD alumna