The basic belief of the USM Counselor Education program is that people often need assistance in addressing typical developmental transitions as well as difficult life situations. Mental health, rehabilitation, and school counselors are trained to help people with these challenges.
The master of science in counseling degree provides its graduates with the counseling knowledge and skills used in school, clinical mental health, and rehabilitation settings. Students study human development and behavior, individual counseling theory, group theory and dynamics, research methodology, and psychological measurement and evaluation, in addition to courses in individual specialties—school counseling, clinical mental health counseling, and rehabilitation counseling. The Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) post-bachelor's certificate program may be taken independently of the master’s degree. The certificate of advanced study in counseling is a post-master’s program for current counselors who are interested in pursuing advanced coursework. The primary mission of the Counselor Education Program is to prepare counselors for ethical practice.
The Counselor Education Program prepares its graduates to act as facilitators of change in the lives of individuals at all developmental levels. By modeling high standards of professionalism and offering a foundation of knowledge, skills, self-awareness, and practice, the program aspires to prepare counselors of the highest quality to work in schools, mental health agencies, businesses, hospitals, rehabilitation organizations, private practice and other settings.
To provide an integrated and conceptually sound framework of knowledge, skills, and dispositions as a foundation for ethical practice with diverse populations in the fields of counseling and rehabilitation. To provide leadership for the counseling profession at the state, regional, and national levels.
Students in the Counselor Education Program will be able to competently:
- demonstrate knowledge of the core curriculum.
- demonstrate an integration and application of their knowledge and skills in the specialty areas in counseling (school, clinical mental health, and rehabilitation).
- demonstrate knowledge and skills in addressing issues of diversity.
- apply individual and group counseling skills and techniques.
- reflect on their personal and professional strengths, weaknesses, abilities and challenges to identify professional development needs.
- analyze and apply relevant technologies for the growth and practice of counseling and rehabilitation.
- apply ethical decision-making in counseling situations.
- articulate how their professional identity is grounded in their personal identification with the standards and ethical practices of the counseling profession.