The mission of the graduate programs of the School of Psychology and Counseling is to create a context in which counseling students participate in an academically rigorous process that values the power of interpersonal relationships in creating beneficial change. For faculty, counseling students, and the community we serve, we believe this process is essential. Our school has an ongoing commitment to providing a caring and challenging environment which facilitates the acquisition of the knowledge and the development of the skills necessary for our counseling students to become effective counselors in an increasingly diverse society. We seek to empower students within a framework of mentoring relationships to promote their own development in several areas of personal growth. These areas include spiritual, ethical, mental, physical, social, and vocational development. In addition, we seek to foster a commitment to continuing education and lifelong learning.
The School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
The goal of the graduate programs in counseling is to prepare students for professional careers in counseling through courses in the 8 core areas as required by CACREP: Professional Identity, Social and Cultural Diversity, Human Growth and Development, Career Development, Helping Relationships, Group Work, Assessment, and Research and Program Evaluation. Within that framework, the objectives are to:
- Provide an environment that promotes the core value of relational work with others;
- Provide coursework that develops the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to become effective professional counselors;
- Promote an ethical sense in counseling students that demonstrates respect for diversity and honors our common humanity;
- Promote an understanding of the changing profession of counseling and the need for continuing education and lifelong learning.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Students will learn the core value of relational work with others through faculty/student interactions, class-related activities, practicum, and internship.
- Students will develop professional counseling skills.
- Students will appreciate professional ethics in counseling.
- Students will develop proficiencies in research, writing, and presentation skills.
- Students will develop an appreciation for lifelong learning through professional development opportunities.
- Students will be prepared to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor or School Counselor.
FIELDS OF STUDY
- M.A.in School Counseling (pre-K - 12)
- M.A./Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling
- M.Div/M.A./Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling
The Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs in Boiling Springs follow an annual cohort model. The Mental Health Counseling program in Statesville admits counselor trainees every three years. Students admitted to either the Mental Health or School Counseling degree programs who desire to change to the other program must reapply and meet all admission requirements for the program they wish to enter.