School of Allied Health Professions

Department of Counseling

Mission and Objectives

The mission of the program for the Master of Health Sciences degree in Counseling is to provide professional education and clinical experience to master’s level students who are committed to serving persons of all ages, including diverse backgrounds, that have challenges related to mental, physical, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities.

Program Objectives

The Master of Health Sciences degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program seeks:

  1.  To educate counselors who demonstrate sound knowledge and strong skills in:
    1. Professional counseling orientation and ethical practice
    2. Social and cultural diversity
    3. Human growth and development
    4. Career Development
    5. Counseling and helping relationships
    6. Group counseling and group work
    7. Assessment and testing
    8. Research and program evaluation

Additional areas covered in courses will include:

  1. To foster professionalism among students and faculty and facilitate their involvement in professional organizations and activities;
  2. To foster an awareness of the needs and resources within our client communities, meaningful involvement of faculty and students in addressing these needs;
  3. To offer and support opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate on research projects in the spirit of the scientist-practitioner model;
  4. To provide continuing education and consultation opportunities responsive to the needs of counseling and other mental health professionals.