About Us

The Mission

The department is committed to the preparation of highly qualified professionals who will seek to promote maximum growth and development of individuals (children, adolescents, and adults) with whom they work. This is accomplished through a carefully planned curricula which includes the following: interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches; theory linked to practice; a practitioner-scientist approach; self awareness and self-exploration activities; opportunities to learn and demonstrate respect for others; and socialization into the role of the profession. We value respect for the social foundations and cultural diversity of others and promote opportunities for students to learn how others construct their world.

We emphasize to our students to focus on the assets and coping abilities of the people with whom they work rather than focusing on deficits.  Additionally, we encourage the promotion of preventative services, which maximize individual functioning.  Our programs are grounded in a systematic eclectic philosophical orientation, which includes: systemic theory; social constructionism; social learning theory; and person-centered approaches. 

Read the Department's Constitution

Goals and Objectives

The primary goal of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology is to prepare highly qualified thoughtful and responsive professionals educated to serve a diverse urban population as family therapists, mental health counselors, school counselors, and school psychologists.  The following objectives are necessary to pursue the department's goal:

1. Students will become knowledgeable and skilled practitioners through training and experiences in:

2. Students will become caring, principled, and respectful professionals through training and experiences     in:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

3. Students will become committed agents of change for social justice through training and experiences in:       

4. Students will become committed reflective and critical thinkers through training and experiences in:

If you have questions about our programs or an admissions question, you can reach us at CEHDadmissions@umb.edu.