What will I learn in this program?

The program will address the following outcomes and competencies.

Program Outcomes

Students graduating from the MA in Counseling degree will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to provide mental health services to individuals in a diverse multicultural society and in varied clinical settings.
  2. Demonstrate professional counselor identity in conjunction with appropriate application of counseling theories and engagement in research and professional skills enhancement.
  3. Demonstrate professional counseling practice by selecting appropriate evidence-based treatments informed by diagnoses.
  4. Demonstrate the counselor skills and sensibilities for human spirituality needed to establish and maintain rapport and facilitate the treatment process.

Professional Competencies

Through engagement with appropriate readings, faculty instruction, peer collaboration, and supervised practicums and internship experiences, graduates will develop professionalism in the following areas:

  1. Scholarship: Students will learn the knowledge and skills needed to critically evaluate and communicate requisite knowledge about professional counseling.
  2. Professional Attitude and Behavior: Students will learn the knowledge and skills needed to conduct themselves professionally as defined by the American Counseling Association (ACA) ethical standards for professional counselors.
  3. Cultural Competence: Students will learn the knowledge and skills needed to appropriately factor a client’s unique cultural characteristics into decision making related to diagnoses, treatment models, counseling methods and techniques, and expected outcomes.
  4. Professional Practice: Students will learn the knowledge and skills needed to provide “standard of care” to clients from an integrated mind, body, soul, and spirit model of therapy and model of treatment.

Formation Goals

  1. The student will value the integration of spirituality among the complex of mental, physical, and emotional components that constitute human personhood and health.
  2. The student will prepare to serve individuals and communities of varied or no religious traditions and affiliations.
  3. The student will explore and grow in awareness of his/her own religious assumptions and convictions and develop insight into how these influence his/her work as a counselor.
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