MA-CMHC Mission and Goals

Mission Statement 

The mission of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is to prepare students for socially-responsible careers as professional clinical counselors.  In collaborative partnership with community-based and interdisciplinary training sites, we strive to create a learning environment that is grounded in an appreciation for both psychological science and human diversity.  Training is based on a scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing evidence-based practice, ethical and cultural competence, and development across the lifespan.  Our shared goal is to graduate skilled, productive and compassionate counseling professionals who are committed to service and life-long learning.


Students who complete the Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will be competent in the following areas:

1.  Professionalism: Understand professional issues relevant to the practice of mental health counseling; and demonstrate the ability to apply and adhere to the legal and ethical guidelines of the counseling profession;

2.  Diversity: Demonstrate knowledge of and appreciation for individual differences and the diversity of social/ cultural, biological, developmental and environmental influences on human behavior, cognition, and emotions.

3.  Practice: Demonstrate knowledge, skill and multicultural competency in diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.

4.  Research: Competently interpret and evaluate professional research literature, and demonstrate both the knowledge and appropriate application of empirically-supported assessment and treatment methodologies in practice.

5.  Values: Demonstrate self-awareness, social and environmental responsibility, and a commitment to service and life-long learning.

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