Mental Health, MS

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The Mental Health Counseling (MHC) program at the University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to the preparation of highly qualified professionals in the field of mental health counseling. Our commitment is reflected in the admission policies as well as hiring practices, to attract highly qualified students and exemplary faculty members who represent multicultural perspectives and individual diversity. The MHC program, within a public urban university, is dedicated to the training of professionals who most likely will work with, and provide counseling and related activities to individuals representing an urban and diverse population. Mental health counselors work in a variety of settings and may obtain a license to practice in other states.

The MHC program curriculum is organized to facilitate the development of its students and the individuals with whom the students work. Specifically, the curriculum emphasizes respect for the social foundations and cultural diversity of all persons. It achieves this goal by fostering each student's self awareness, compassion, and ability to think critically, and through its hiring policies of faculty and recognition of multicultural students. The program offers opportunities for its students to recognize, develop, and utilize their own resources in preparation for their future work with clients.

Essential to the implementation of the MHC program curriculum is the integration of theory presented in classrooms and its application in practicum and internship experiences. In order to integrate the curriculum content with other training experiences, the program provides information about the socio-political contexts of people's lives as well as about information related to personality, development, psychiatric taxonomy, professional orientation and ethics, methods of inquiry and the process of change. In addition, our program provides opportunities for its students to develop professional skills and competencies and to practice them in professional settings. The program prepares students to make significant practitioner-oriented contributions to counseling and prepares them for further study at the doctoral level if they desire to do so. All of our faculty are actively involved in research and contribute significantly to the profession at both national and international levels. There are opportunities to do research with our internationally known faculty if a student so desires. Click on the following link to learn more about the faculty and their research interests. 

The Mental Health Counseling program also offers a concentration in forensics services, allowing students to further develop skills to work in forensics settings. For more information, please visit here.