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Mental Health Counseling: Mission


MHC Program
Mission Statement and Objectives

The mission of the Mental Health Counseling program of Central Washington University is to select, educate, and supervise competent mental health counselors.  Our Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited counselor-training program balances rigorous academic course work with a 3-4 part personalized clinical experience in our on-site training clinic.  Through individualized supervision, we provide support and feedback to facilitate students’ development of knowledge, skills, practice, and personal growth.  Our goal is to prepare counselors, with a strong sense of professional identity to meet and advocate for the diverse needs of clients. 

Curricular Objectives:

  1. Students will be knowledgeable about the profession of mental health counseling including the history of the profession, roles and functions of counselors, community outreach, advocacy processes, professional organizations and credentialing, ethical standards, the role of technology, and the importance of self-care.
  2. Students will have an understanding of the social and cultural foundations of diversity.  They will also develop an awareness of the ongoing nature of multicultural competence in order to increase their effectiveness in a multicultural and diverse society.  Students and will provide services responsive to the unique needs of individual clients. 
  3. Students will develop a broad overview of human growth and development across the life span by understanding essential concepts related to each developmental stage and the major developmental theories.  Students’ understanding of human developmental theory is infused with intersectionality, which is intended to deepen the students’ knowledge of the in-depth nature of human development and competent counseling practice with diverse populations. 
  4. Students will understand and integrate career development theories and skills into their counseling practice. 
  5. Students will develop an academic, professional, and personal knowledge of counseling and consultation models, theories, and processes.  This knowledge will be applied to real-life treatment modalities and aid students in developing their counselor identity.
  6. Students will be knowledgeable about the theoretical foundations of group formation, dynamics, therapeutic factors, and ethical and culturally appropriate leadership across a range of types of groups.
  7. Students will understand and be knowledgeable about individual approaches to assessment and evaluation, and utilize appropriate assessment tools for diagnosis, and treatment planning.
  8. Students will be knowledgeable about various needs assessments and program evaluations through methodological inquiry and statistical analysis.  Students will also understand how to critically evaluate research to inform their clinical practice. 

Professional Objective:

  1. Students will obtain appropriate state licensure as professional counselors.

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