Mission and Objectives
CMHC Mission Statement
"The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program at Molloy College provides our graduates with academically rigorous courses, incorporating clinical skills training with evidence-based counseling principles. Our friendly campus atmosphere and individual attention fosters the best personal and professional growth for our students.
In our CMHC program, we incorporate Molloy College's vibrant tradition of "study, spirituality, service, and community" to prepare expertly trained counselors to be highly effective in today's ever-changing human service field. Through "transformative education" Molloy College's mission is to promote a "lifelong search for truth and the development of ethical leadership." The goal of our CMHC program is to embrace the College's mission and graduate students who have the professional identity, core knowledge, necessary state-of-the-art practical skills, and multi-cultural sensitivity to excel as Mental Health Counselors in a variety of professional mental health employment settings. Our 60-credit-program fulfills the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor established by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions."
Our CMHC program embraces the Molloy College Mission
As a College, Molloy places heavy emphasis on service to the community, especially to those in need. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program captures the essence of this mission, and it is our intention and hope that the students we prepare for the counseling profession will dedicate much of their energies and activities to helping those in need and serving their communities.In our CMHC program, we incorporate Molloy College's vibrant tradition of "study, spirituality, service and community" to prepare expertly trained counselors to be highly effective in today's ever-changing human service field. Through "transformative education" Molloy College's mission is to promote a "lifelong search for truth and the development of ethical leadership." The goal of our CMHC program is to embrace the College's mission and graduate students who have the professional identity, core knowledge, necessary state-of-the-art practical skills, and multi-cultural sensitivity to excel as Mental Health Counselors in a variety of professional mental health employment settings.
Counseling Program Learning Objectives
As a result of successfully completing the graduate program in counseling, students can expect to have gained didactic knowledge and supervised experience in skills, functions, beliefs, and characteristics of effective counseling. The following broad learning objectives have been developed to assist students in gaining an overview of expected accomplishments and are in line with CACREP (2016) Standards:
|1. Professional Orientation and Ethics - Demonstrate an understanding of the counseling profession, develop an identity as a counselor and demonstrate a willingness to provide counseling services within the ethical guidelines of the counseling profession.||MHC 5100|
|2. Counseling Theory - Gain significant knowledge of major counseling theories in the context of individual and group counseling and apply this knowledge to the counseling process.||MHC 5120|
|3. Helping Relationships - Demonstrate effective individual and group counseling techniques which facilitate client growth and demonstrate the ability to evaluate progress toward treatment goals.||MHC 5120, MHC 5140, MHC 5180, MHC 5240, MHC 5280, MHC 5340|
|4. Social and Cultural Diversity - Develop an awareness of, and an appreciation for, social and cultural influences on human behavior and recognize the impact of individual differences on the counseling process.||MHC 5220|
|5. Human Growth and Development - Develop an understanding of the aspects of human growth and developmental levels, as well as an appreciation for the nature of human development and its integration within the counseling process.||MHC 5160|
|6. Career Development - Develop the knowledge and application of career development and vocational counseling theories and its effects on an individual.||MHC 5320|
|7. Group Counseling - Develop both theoretical and experiential understandings of group process, development, dynamics, group counseling theories, methods, skills, and other group approaches.||MHC 5300|
|8. Assessment - Gain knowledge and skills in assessment techniques, including psychometric properties, standardized instruments, interviewing, and applying these concepts to individual and group.||MHC 5260|
|9. Research and Program Evaluation - Develop the ability to read, critique, evaluate, and contribute to professional research literature.||MHC 5200|
|10. Crisis Intervention - Demonstrate sufficient knowledge and skills associated with counseling in crisis settings, addressing trauma in clients, and risk and suicide assessment.||MHC 5340|
|11. Psychodiagnosis and Treatment - Develop a working knowledge of psychodiagnosis, as defined by the DSM, the ethical application, and its effect on treatment and counseling practice.||MHC 5240, MHC 5250|
|12. Mental Health Systems - Demonstrate sufficient knowledge and skills associated with working in multi-disciplinary Mental Health care setting and have practical knowledge in the areas of service, prevention, treatment, referral, program management, and interdisciplinary collaboration.||MHC 5140, MHC 5280|
|13. Experiential Learning - Develop, through supervised practicum and internship experiences, an integration of the knowledge and skills needed to be successful as practicing counselors.||MHC 5500, MHC 5540, MHC 5560|
|14. Personal Growth and Understanding - Develop, through self-reflection and insight, an understanding and integration of oneself and the use of self in the counseling process. Develop a personal theoretical approach to counseling and client advocacy with a clear understanding counselor scope of practice.||MHC 5500, MHC 5540, MHC 5560|
Mental Health Counseling By the Numbers
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