The Master of Arts is appropriate for those who wish to become counselors in K-12 schools or community agencies, such as addiction treatment clinics, mental health centers, rehabilitation agencies, and family service organizations. A commitment to social justice and appreciation of diversity are integrated throughout the curriculum. The Department of Counseling Psychology and Community Services is also committed to seeking and valuing diversity in students and staff. This includes the variety of cultures, backgrounds, values, and experiences found among faculty and students; it also includes the diversity of our professional ways of practice, our ways of learning, and our personal and professional goals. We are committed to training multi-culturally competent counselors. On-campus students are admitted to one of three program emphases: Addiction Counseling, Community Mental Health Counseling, or Rehabilitation Counseling. An emphasis in School Counseling is available only through our synchronous distance program. Each program emphasis has separate requirements.
Program Goals Students are expected to: (a) demonstrate critical thinking skills through written assignments and oral presentations; (b) articulate anawareness of the needs of diverse populations and develop sensitivity and skills to meet these needs, (c) demonstrate counseling skills such as empathic listening, clarification, cognitive reframing, confrontation, and crisis intervention; (d) demonstrate the ability to reflect upon one’s values, beliefs, skills, and interventions, particularly in the context of a clinical supervisory relationship in which accepting and responding positively to feedback are expected; (e) conduct an independent research project, analyze the findings, and report the results in a scholarly manner; (f) develop ethical decision-making skills demonstrated across a broad spectrum of professional functioning areas, and g) acquire knowledge in eight areas of competency. The eight competencies are: (a) Human Growth and Development; (b) Social and Cultural Foundations; (c) Helping Relationships; (d) Group Work; (e) Career and Lifestyle Development; (f) Appraisal; (g) Research and Program Evaluation; and (h) Professional Orientation & Ethics.
UND is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UND also holds many special accreditation's at the college, department, or program level.
International Student Requirements:
All graduate applicants must demonstrate academic-level proficiency with the English language before they will be considered for admission. This requirement must be met by all applicants, regardless of citizenship, residency, or nation of birth. No applicants will be considered for admission until the English Language Proficiency is met. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for ways in which this requirement can be met.