The CMHC Program is a two year, 60 credit hour program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. It is designed to give students a foundation to provide mental health services in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation agencies, and pastoral settings. Professors who respect and integrate Christian values teach students how to combine the best therapeutic methods with a Christian understanding of the human person. The Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). In addition, the curriculum is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Graduates of the program, therefore, meet the educational requirements for counselor licensure in Ohio. The Program also allows students to customize their program of study to meet licensure requirements in most other states.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program aligns itself with the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville by training students to embody Franciscan values and charisms as helping professionals. In particular, the CMHC Program’s mission is to educate professional counselors who can be instruments of healing for those in need of mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual renewal. The Program is grounded in a philosophical anthropology informed by a Catholic understanding of the human person. With a commitment to Christian and human values, the most important of which is a value on the dignity and worth of the person, and with a dedication to training professional counselors in contemporary practices informed by research, the program aims to:
Graduates from this program will receive the academic and experiential foundations that will enable them to specialize in a variety of counselor roles, such as community mental health counselors, pastoral counselors, drug and alcohol counselors, college counselors, and relationship counselors. The program has the goal of providing educational foundations that enable its graduates to enter professionally satisfying careers, serve others to the best of their abilities, and develop a capacity for intellectual, professional, and personal growth.
Students in the CMHC Program can expect to:
The CMHC Program distinguishes itself from other programs through some of the following characteristics:
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