The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program has the following objectives:
To help suitable and committed individuals develop:
- An understanding of human nature based on a Christian philosophical perspective, thus reflecting a holistic, developmental, relational and valuing perspective on the person, as well as a respect for self-determination and human limitation.
- Professional identity as a clinical mental health counselor, including a comprehension of counselor roles in mental health, professional ethics and legal issues, self-care, models of treatment and supervision, and relationship to the profession, as well as understanding the impact of crisis, trauma, and substance abuse on mental health.
- Understanding of and ability to apply: educational, advocacy, consultative, preventive and interventive strategies to fostering mental health and wellness at individual, family and larger- system levels as appropriate.
- Integration of diversity awareness into response to client needs at individual, family and larger-system levels.
- Understanding of and ability to apply appropriate, culturally–informed individual and systemic assessment strategies to all relevant dimensions of the initial evaluation process, case conceptualization, treatment planning, and re-evaluation, including risk assessment and assessment for co-occurring disorders.
- Understanding of and ability to apply relevant research findings and strategies to program- evaluation as well as selection, evaluation and enhancement of treatment strategies.
- Understanding of and ability to apply current diagnostic principles, informed by comprehension of the impact of multicultural variables, co-occurring disorders, and crisis/trauma on the diagnostic process.
And to offer:
- A program of studies that covers the common core curriculum outlined by CACREP and that prepares students for licensure in Ohio and most states.
- A concentration in Christian counseling for students desiring to learn more about applying professional skills in a Christian counseling setting.