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:
- Understand and apply ethical and legal considerations specific to the practice of clinical mental health, school, and addiction counseling and professional consultation.
- Explore the impact of multiculturalism and cultural pluralism on client and counselor in a diverse society. 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.
- Identify the major human growth theories and developmental models that best support the client's goals for counseling and that are appropriate for the client's culture and relevant to the client's stage of development.
- Identify various forms of needs assessments for academic, career, and social/emotional development.
- Demonstrate culturally appropriate use of diagnostic tools, including the current edition of the DSM and ICD, to describe the symptoms and clinical presentation of clients with mental and emotional disorders through the treatment planning and documentation process.
- Demonstrate an understanding of group process, theories and techniques and the ability to develop, facilitate, and evaluate a variety of ethically and culturally relevant groups.
- Select appropriate comprehensive assessment interventions to assist in diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, with an awareness of cultural bias in the implementation and interpretation of assessment protocols.
- Apply relevant research findings to inform the practice of professional counseling. Students should be able discriminate between the various types of research, as well as what constitutes effective research.
- Know the roles, functions, settings, and professional identity of addictions counselors, and responsibilities of addiction counselors in the various treatment settings represented on the "continuum of care" scaffold.
- Know the roles, functions, settings, and professional identity of clinical mental health counselors, and the importance of relationships between counselors and other professionals, including interdisciplinary treatment teams.
- Understand the role and function of the school counselor and be able to create a data-driven comprehensive school counseling program that addresses the needs of all students from a social justice and culturally relevant perspective.