Professional skills and knowledge
The program is intended to prepare individuals to work in community
mental health programs, hospitals, substance abuse clinics, at-risk youth
programs, social services agencies, private counseling practices and similar
settings. Instructional domains include:
foundations; counseling, prevention, and intervention; diversity and advocacy;
assessment; research and evaluation; diagnosis; collaboration and consultation;
The 60-credit program is designed to conform to the
standards set by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related
Education Programs (CACREP), and CACREP accreditation will be sought when the
program becomes eligible to apply. The
curriculum includes a 100-hour practicum and 600-hour internship.
Faculty members are subject-matter experts whose scholarly
and real-world experiences ensure that instruction is grounded in academic
knowledge and practical application. Small classes mean close interaction with
instructors, rich discussion among students and the kind of meaningful
experiences that result from a community-based learning environment.
Methods of Instruction
Late afternoon, evening and weekend classes accommodate working adults. Courses may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis; students are encouraged to consider how they will balance the requirements of coursework and practicum/internship with other commitments.
NOTE: Students should be aware that the clinical, occupational, and emotional demands of practicum and internship can make simultaneous full-time employment challenging. Few sites offer evening and weekend hours, and students are expected to be as flexible as possible. Students receive extensive support from faculty in identifying and securing a site, however placements and specific scheduling needs are not guaranteed. Applicants should speak to faculty for further information.