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Accreditation

The Department of Counseling was recently awarded national accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). As such, all of our curriculum and standards for the program are aligned with CACREP standards. 

Why CACREP Matters

  • It is the recognized training standard for counselors by the
    Institute of Medicine and the Veteran’s Administration
  • It promotes a unified identity as professional counselors and
    counselor educators.
  • Its curricula content areas are the required educational training for
    counseling licensure in most states, making CACREP-accreditation
    a pathway to portability.

The Value of an Accredited Program

Accredited Programs provide you:

  • recognition that the program has been evaluated and meets or exceeds national standards
  • knowledge that the graduate has met prerequisites for credentialing and is ready for entry into professional practice
  • understanding that the focus of the program will be on professional counseling, not psychology, education or other helping professions

Vision Statement

The Department of Counseling seeks local, state, regional, national and international prominence as a collaborative and transformative community engaged in exemplary research, education and service that benefit the profession of counseling and the public it serves.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program Objectives

The curriculum is based on objectives that provide students with a structured sequence of curricular and clinical experiences reflecting the present and projected needs of a pluralistic society for which specialized counseling and human development activities have been developed. The objectives are consistent with state licensing/certification and national certification educational requirements. The stated objectives are evidenced in course objectives and assignments embedded in Course Syllabi. These objectives reflect input from the Program faculty, Advisory Board, and former students of the Professional Counseling Program.

The CMHC Program is organized around the following set of objectives:

  1. Professional Identity: Students will demonstrate an understanding of professional functioning including history, roles, technological competence, organizations, credentialing, advocacy process, and ethical standards in professional counseling.
  2. Social and Cultural Diversity: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural and diverse society as they relate to factors such as age, ethnicity, nationality, culture, gender, sexual orientation, physical characteristics, education, family values, spiritual values, socioeconomic status, and other unique characteristics.
  3. Human Growth and Development: Students will demonstrate an understanding of individuals at all developmental levels, including theories of development across the life span, theories of learning and personality development, human behavior including environmental factors effecting both normal and abnormal behavior, ethical and legal considerations, and strategies for facilitating development over the life span.
  4. Career Development: Students will demonstrate an understanding of career development and related life factors including theories and developmental modes, career development program planning, educational and occupation information as well as computer-based career information systems, diversity issues in career development, career planning, placement and evaluation including assessment instruments, ethical and legal considerations, and career counseling techniques.
  5. Helping Relationships: Students will demonstrate an understanding of counseling and consultation processes including basic interviewing and counseling skills as well as knowledge and application of counseling theories. An understanding of family and other systems theories in family assessment and counseling is included. Other helping considerations include knowledge of self, consultation and ethical and legal considerations.
  6. Group Work: Students will demonstrate an understanding of group development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods, and skills and other group work approaches.
  7. Assessment: The program will expect the student to demonstrate an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
  8. Research and Program Evaluation: Students will demonstrate an understanding of research, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation.

Assessment Data