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Counseling Program ​at Central Michigan University
Welcome to the Counseling Program website! The Counseling Program combines personal education with exciting experiential learning. There are opportunities to explore all areas of Professional counseling, including clinical mental health, addictions, and school counseling. You will find that faculty are friendly and attentive to your needs, and here to help you meet your career goals in an atmosphere that is personable and accommodates your lifestyle. In addition, our Counseling programs are designed so that students can attend either part- or full-time. Finally, the Counseling Program can meet your professional training needs by offering a terminal degree program at the masters level. ​​

Mission, Vision, & Program Objectives

 1. Mission: The mission of the Counseling Program at Central Michigan University is to provide high quality training that inspires emerging counselors to develop a strong professional identity and a lifelong passion for knowledge, wisdom and creativity.  Through the implementation of our core program and specialized tracks, we encourage our students to be advocates for wellness and social justice and we help them develop the clinical skill necessary to meet the mental health, educational and career needs of an increasingly diverse society. 

 2. Vision: The CMU Counseling Program will become the pre-eminent training program in Mid-Michigan and surrounding areas for training, professional leadership, counseling skill development, knowledge, and research in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling, and will continue to expand its national reputation and prominence. 

3. Program Objectives: 
  • Students will acquire knowledge and skills that demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and ability to apply the ethical and legal considerations in Addiction, Clinical Mental Health and Professional School Counseling.
  • Students will acquire knowledge and skills that demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and ability to implement the roles and function of counselors across all specialties and specifically the Addiction Counseling Profession, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Profession and the School Counseling Profession; and identify strategies for self care, personal and professional self evaluation.
  • Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to explore the impact of multiculturalism and cultural pluralism on client and counselor and utilize social justice practices in models, competencies, and identity development in order to identify  and understand power and oppression as obstacles in a diverse society.
  • Students will acquire the knowledge and skills that demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of human development theories across the lifespan and demonstrate the ability to use these skills to promote resilience and wellness.
  • Students will acquire the knowledge and skills that demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of culturally competent career development and assessment; and the ability to apply these skills to assessment and counseling
  • Students will acquire the knowledge and skills that demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the counseling and consulting process
  • Students will acquire skills that demonstrate the ability to conduct culturally competent counseling.
  • Students will acquire the knowledge and skills that demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the theories and experiential skills of conducting culturally competent group counseling.
  • Students will acquire the knowledge and skills that demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of culturally competent individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
  • Students will acquire the knowledge that demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment and program evaluation.
  • Addiction concentration students will acquire knowledge and skills that demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of a culturally competent continuum of Addiction treatment; including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, relapse prevention and referral; and the role of wellness, spirituality, support networks in Addiction treatment.
  • Addiction concentration students will acquire skills that demonstrate a comprehensive ability to engage in the Addiction counseling process.
  • Clinical Mental Health Concentration students will acquire knowledge and skills that demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of a culturally competent continuum of clinical mental health treatment; including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and referral; and the biological and neurological mechanisms as well as the impact of crisis and trauma on the continuum of care.
  • Clinical Mental Health Concentration students will acquire skills that demonstrate a comprehensive ability to engage in the clinical mental health counseling process.
  • School Counseling Concentration students will acquire knowledge and skills that demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of all the roles and responsibilities of school counselors; and will acquire skills that demonstrate a comprehensive ability to provide a continuum of culturally competent professional school counseling services across the educational curriculum.
  • School Counseling Concentration students will acquire knowledge and skills that demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of all the roles and responsibilities of school counselors; and will acquire skills that demonstrate a comprehensive ability to provide a continuum of culturally competent professional school counseling services across the educational curriculum.
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