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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).

Graduates earning a master's degree in counseling from Hood College:

  1. Articulates knowledge of the counseling profession and ethical practice through:
    • Counselor roles and responsibilities;
    • Awareness, evaluation, and self-care;
    • Professional organizations and credentialing;
    • Historical contexts of the counseling profession; and
    • Ethical counseling strategies.
  2. Integrates social and cultural diversity competency into counseling practice through:
    • Multicultural competencies and intervention strategies;
    • Theories of multicultural counseling and bias; and
    • Characteristics of diverse professionals and clients.
  3. Applies theories of human development across the lifespan to counseling practice through:
    • Theories of human growth and development;
    • Factors that affect human development, functioning and behavior; and
    • Differentiated strategies for interventions and wellness across the lifespan.
  4. Demonstrates knowledge of theories and strategies for addressing career development through:
    • Use of career interventions and tools;
    • Theories of career development and counseling; and
    • Client career contexts and experiences.
  5. Applies knowledge of evidence based prevention and treatment theory and techniques to assist clients achieve their mental health goals through:
    • Theories and models for counseling and consultation;
    • Ethically and contextually-informed interviewing and counseling skills; and
    • Case conceptualization and treatment models.
  6. Demonstrates knowledge and expertise in group counseling theory and practice through:
    • Theories and dynamics of group counseling;
    • Group leadership; and
    • Practicalities of group planning and facilitation.
  7. Integrates knowledge of test theory with the practice of assessment in counseling through:
    • Strategies for test use in counseling;
    • Assessing risk, trauma and abuse; and
    • Statistical and psychometric concepts.
  8. Demonstrates the ability to apply scholarly and research literature to counseling practice and program evaluation through:
    • Evidence-based counseling practices;
    • Program evaluation; and
    • Research designs and statistical methods.
  9. Articulates foundational knowledge of the school counseling specialty, including the history of school counseling, models of school counseling programs and models of schoolbag-based collaboration and consultation through:
    • School counselor collaboration and consultation;
    • School counseling leadership roles; and
    • School counseling advocacy.
  10. Articulates 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 through:
    • School counselor collaboration and consultation;
    • School counseling leadership roles; and
    • School counseling advocacy.
  11. Applies school counseling strategies, interventions and techniques to promote the academic, career and personal/social development of all P-12 students through:
    • School-based mental health and behavioral concerns;
    • College and career readiness;
    • School program development; and
    • Academic achievement.