Mission and Goals
The mission of the MHS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is:
- to provide a curriculum that allows students to acquire competencies, skills, and techniques in clinical mental health counseling;
- to develop a rich culture of research and scholarship to promote the application of evidence-based practices;
- to equip students with the ability to utilize critical thinking and decision making to address clinical needs;
- to prepare students to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to interact with a diverse, multicultural, and global society.
Aligning with the CACREP standards, the following specific learning outcomes are identified:
- Students will identify and experience opportunities while participating in the program that instill the four core tenets of Catawba, including scholarship, character, culture, and service.
- Students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary for client assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment planning for diverse client populations.
- Students will develop an eclectic range of therapeutic skills and techniques to implement with a diverse client population
- Students will experience growth and development as counselors and receive evaluation of their progress through self-evaluative means, as well as feedback from program faculty, peers, and site supervisors.
- Students will acquire the knowledge and understanding to implement counseling services within an ethical scope of practice.