Counselors facilitate the promotion of relational well being and problem-solving through a consideration of how behavior develops within the context of families, communities and larger systems by providing counseling, consultation, mental health education and related services with individuals, families, and groups. The program provides the required academic credits towards licensure in the state of Maryland, and is designed to meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds who have a wide range of professional goals. Undergraduate degrees from a variety of disciplines (e.g. communication, sociology, anthropology, foreign languages, religion, philosophy, education, psychology) are considered for program admissions.
The program's content includes the following areas: professional orientation and ethical practice, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, assessment, and research/program evaluation. Students will be instructed via didactic experiences, small group experiences, and applied learning at community- based sites.
The practice of counseling at the master’s level is regulated through licensure that is monitored by the Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene (MDHMH). Areas of practice include non-profit, educational and health care organizations, and private practice. Licensed Counselors with additional training and experience may also provide clinical supervision, mental health consultation, agency administration, and training. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
View an online information session to learn more about the program. The session can be accessed here.