College of Health and Human Development

MS Counseling

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to: demonstrate writing that is professional, ethical, and respectful with regards to clients; demonstrate writing that is grammatically and structurally correct; and demonstrate writing that adheres to the spirit and mechanics of APA style.
  • Students will be able to: demonstrate the ability to take multiple sources of information and form clinical hypotheses, as well as critically analyze biases inherent in current models of assessment, diagnosis, and theory; and demonstrate the ability to critically analyze research methodology and the professional literature regarding a counseling topic, as well as apply their knowledge to an original research project.
  • Students will be able to: demonstrate knowledge of the historical and philosophical underpinnings of the counseling profession; demonstrate knowledge of the ethical and legal guidelines of the profession; and demonstrate an emerging identity as a clinical mental health counselor.
  • Students will be able to: demonstrate awareness of the social and cultural influences on human behavior; demonstrate effective counseling skills; evaluate clients’ progress; recognize and mitigate countertransference; and conduct counseling with appropriate awareness of ethical and legal issues.
  • Students will be able to: demonstrate awareness of the major cultural influences on human behavior, how those intersect with the mental health of their clients, and how they influence their own perceptions and biases regarding clients.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of counseling theories and apply them to case conceptualization. They will demonstrate the ability to appropriately use the DSM-5 (diagnostic manual of mental disorders), and to construct relevant treatment plans, including those for people with severe or co-occurring mental illness.
*Retrieved from Compliance Assist January 19, 2017. For the most up-to-date information, please contact the program.