The MS in Mental Health Counseling prepares competent and ethical counselors. It teaches the principles and theories of counseling and psychotherapy, group dynamics, family systems theories, human and career development and psychological assessment. It provides the student the background necessary to understand and remediate the causes of mental illness and dysfunctional behavior. Graduates are prepared to conduct individual, group and family counseling to restore mental health and to promote human development and growth. Respect and consideration of human diversity is infused throughout the program curriculum. Formal optional concentrations are offered in: Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counseling, Career Counseling, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Eating Disorders, Gerontological Counseling.
Individuals who have previous undergraduate preparation in social work, sociology, psychology, vocational rehabilitation, child development and family life, addictions, or human services are especially well-qualified to enter the program. The Mental Health Counseling Program is an approved professional counseling program for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in the state of Wisconsin.