Hood’s Master of Science in counseling program, with specialties in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling, began in the fall 2015.
The program offers tailored and relevant course work for those pursuing a career in the caring professions. It is designed to meet Maryland licensure requirements and Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation standards.
Faculty members in the counseling program are subject-matter experts whose scholarly and real-world experiences ensure that instruction is grounded in academic knowledge and practical application. Small classes mean close communication with instructors, rich discussion among students and the kind of meaningful experiences that result from a community-based learning environment. Instructional domains include foundations; counseling, prevention and intervention; diversity and advocacy; assessment; research and evaluation; diagnosis; collaboration and consultation; and leadership.
The clinical mental health counseling specialty provides a clear path to licensure required to practice counseling professionally in Maryland and neighboring states. The program is intended to prepare individuals to work in community mental health programs, hospitals, substance abuse clinics, at-risk youth programs, social services agencies, private counseling practices and similar settings.
The school counseling specialty offers a path to certification as a pre-K through 12th-grade school counselor. In addition, courses can be planned to fulfill requirements for professional counseling licensure. The program prepares individuals to provide meaningful student counseling services and contribute significantly to education teams in elementary, middle and secondary schools.
The 60-credit curriculum for both specialties includes nine core courses and four specialty courses. The program requires a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship in chosen specialization.
Further training specialties are possible with the 12-credit gerontology and thanatology certificates. The gerontology certificate is for individuals who want to work in the field of aging and health care, and in areas such as human resources, ministry, grant writing and public policy involving aging adults.
The thanatology certificate is for individuals who want to work with the terminally ill and bereaved in settings such as hospice, hospitals, nursing homes, other health care environments and the funeral industry; to provide death education to other mental health service providers; and to provide student crisis response and grief or bereavement counseling. The program conforms to Association for Death Education and Counseling certification benchmarks.
For admission requirements and additional information, visit www.hood.edu/Counseling.