Academics

Objectives

The primary goal of the Mental Health Counseling Program is to prepare graduates for employment as professional mental health counselors in a variety of settings such as clinics, hospitals, etc. 

1. Students will acquire knowledge of current counseling and therapy theories and evidence-based practices.

2. Students will acquire skills in a wide variety of counseling and therapy techniques, e.g. systematic desensitization, motivational interviewing, etc.

3. Students will acquire a knowledge of the counseling process and theories of change

4. Students will acquire knowledge of issues of transference and counter transference, particularly in regards to their own issues affecting the counseling process.

5. Students will acquire knowledge of theories of abnormal behavior and normal functioning and, in addition, will develop the ability to think critically about current psychiatric taxonomy.

6. Students will learn how to avoid bias when using standard diagnostic, assessment and treatment tools      

7. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in systematically assessing client issues and needs.

8. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in group counseling and group dynamics.

9. Students will acquire knowledge of ethical principles and be able to apply principles to practice.

10. Students will acquire knowledge of human development and how theories relate to the counseling and therapy process.

11. Students will acquire knowledge and an appreciation of systems theories and how individuals are influenced by systems such as the family.

12. Students will acquire knowledge and a sensitivity to diversity issues, particularly in regards to how diversity influences the counseling process.

13. Students will acquire the knowledge and ability to evaluate the efficacy of counseling research and how results may be applied to counseling practice.

14. Students will acquire skills in treatment plan development and implementation.

15. Students will acquire skills in progress note recording.

16. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in working with urban populations.

17. Students will acquire knowledge of the foundations of mental health counseling, including professional identity and roles and functions of mental health counselor