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Counseling, M.S.

The curriculum is designed to conform to standards set by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and, for students in the School Counseling specialty, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

Upon completion of the Hood College Master of Science in Counseling program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Articulate knowledge of the counseling profession and ethical practice.
  2. Integrate social and cultural diversity competencies into counseling practice.
  3. Apply theories of human development across the lifespan to counseling practice.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of theories and strategies for addressing career development.
  5. Apply knowledge of evidence-based prevention and treatment theory and techniques to assist clients achieve their mental health goals.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in group counseling theory and practice.
  7. Integrate knowledge of test theory with the practice of assessment in counseling.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to apply scholarly and research literature to counseling practice and program evaluation.

Upon completion of the Counseling, M.S., School Counseling Specialty, graduates will be able to:

  1. Articulate foundational knowledge of the school counseling specialty, including the history of school counseling, models of school counseling programs, and models of school-based collaboration and consultation.
  2. Articulate a grasp of the contextual dimensions of school counseling, emphasizing the responsibilities of school counselors as leaders, advocates, consultants, and multidisciplinary team members across a wide variety of practice situations.
  3. Apply school counseling strategies, interventions, and techniques to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of all P-12 students.

Upon completion of the Counseling, M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty, graduates will be able to:

  1. Articulate foundational knowledge of the clinical mental health counseling specialty, including the history of clinical mental health counseling, models of clinical mental health counseling, the medical basis for mental health issues, and assessment.
  2. Articulate a grasp of the contextual dimensions of clinical mental health counseling, emphasizing the responsibilities of professional clinical mental health counselors as leaders, advocates, consultants, and multidisciplinary team members to maintain client continuity of care across a wide variety of contexts (legal, community, managed care, hospital systems, etc.).
  3. Apply clinical mental health counseling practices including prevention, intervention, and specific techniques including intake interviews, mental status examination, basic counseling skills, systems-based case conceptualization, and assessment.