I could use opinions on whether to pursue a masters in social work (department of health) or counseling (department of education). I've been out of the work force for awhile raising my family. I have an MA in anthropology and prior experience teaching at the university level. I know I'd like to be a therapist, and preferably one day self-employed. I also think it'd be cool to teach again at the college level. My local university offers the two above-listed programs. I met with reps from both departments and both were very friendly. The head of the counseling program recommended I go into school counseling, as doing so would allow me access to both school jobs and private practice. Both programs are 2 year and cohort-based. I like the counseling program because it's very clinical. Apparently we start counseling clients the 1st semester! I like the possibility of grade-school employment. OTOH, I prefer the SW program because it's in the health sciences department which seems like it might be respected more in terms of offering therapy. Is that right? Overall, the department seems more academic and scholarly, which I also like. The problem is, the program isn't clinical at all. Which means after two years, I'll have a degree, but no experience counseling anyone. How do I obtain that experience? How much more formal education will I require in order to offer therapy? I'd love some insight into this. Thanks!