2017-2018 Graduate Studies Catalog

44 Clinical Counseling and Marriage & Family Dr. Sherry Rosenblad, Program Director This program is designed to prepare counselors for job opportunities in clinical settings including in-patient, out-patient, church counseling centers, university counseling centers, community mental health agencies and social services organizations and private practice. Students receive education and training to provide mental health services to individuals (children, adolescent, and adults), couples, and families. Diverse educational perspectives, distinctive pedagogy, and significant clinical experiences enable our graduates to develop a wide array of clinical skills which can be utilized with diverse client populations in a variety of settings. Since the ability to assess, monitor and modify one’s strengths and weaknesses is a valued component to becoming a competent and effective counselor, our program includes various classroom opportunities that encourage our graduate students to enhance their self-awareness and growth. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the following program in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Hardin-Simmons University: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.). CCMF MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family graduate program is for faculty and students to collaborate in the pursuit of knowledge, clinical skills, and personal growth in an environment enlightened by faith, so that students will be prepared to provide the highest standard of professional counseling services to diverse populations. CCMF GOALS • Prepare students in understanding diverse views and cultures and promote ethical counseling with clients in a variety of work settings. • Provide students with knowledge and skills in counseling theory, developmental issues, assessment, empirically-based research (including interventions), helping relationships and basic skills, and a holistic model in providing mental health services for individuals, couples, families, and groups. • Promote and model a strong sense of professional identity, ethical clinical practice, and lifelong learning. • Model and encourage integration of self, theory and practice. CCMF Overarching Program Objectives • Students will demonstrate knowledge of theoretical foundations of counseling, systematically articulating one’s own professional counseling philosophy and theory, and integrating this into practice. • Students will articulate how personal faith informs individual professional identity and practice as a therapist. • Students will demonstrate ethical decision-making grounded in awareness of personal values, ethical standards of practice, and Texas legal statutes. Multiple Mental Health Credentials Course work and clinical experience requirements are designed to allow the student to pursue the following mental health credentials: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Texas. The Clinical Counseling and Marriage & Family