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Student Learning Outcomes

"This program has helped me with my career goals. It helped me get an internship and the job I have now." - Lindsay Thompson G'18 Clinician, Behavioral Health Network

Graduates of the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are expected to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major theories of counseling and psychotherapy as they relate to treatment and prevention modalities;
  • Articulate an understanding of development and how these experiences impact mental health;
  • Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking skills necessary for effectively analyzing personality differences and the reasons for such differences as related to abnormal, deviant or psychopathological behavior;
  • Appreciate issues related to culture, gender, sexual identity, the environment, and family, as they pertain to physical and psychological development;
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the field of psychology as it relates to helping clients recognize their unique potential;
  • Synthesize an understanding of group interactive processes and dynamics that will enhance good behavioral health and wellbeing for the group participants;
  • Analyze the challenges and stressors many families experience in balancing the demands of work and family life and mental illness;
  • Understand the impact that substance abuse has on the mental health of members of society;
  • Investigate the impact that bullying and coercive behavior has on mental health development;
  • Interpret assessment results for application and intervention purposes;
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of ethical and professional behavior within the psychology profession;
  • Illustrate an understanding of scientific and statistical principles that underlie psychological research, including the ability to measure the quality of such research;
  • Successfully complete a minimum of an approved 100 hour supervised practicum within an academic or clinical placement;
  • Successful completion of a minimum of an approved 600 hour supervised internship within an academic or clinical placement; and
  • Display a mastery of oral and written communication and presentation skills in accordance with established professional guidelines, utilizing APA format

Please visit the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program page to learn about the curriculum, faculty, program options, and more!