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Counseling

The Department of Counseling is committed to providing education, training, and leadership to its students to assist them in developing into the most highly skilled, knowledgeable, and competent professionals and practitioners. The department offers a variety of competitive graduate programs in (a)Counseling Psychology, (b) Mental Health Counseling, (c) School Counseling, and (d) School Psychology. The department also offers certificate programs both in Addictions Counseling and Psychotherapy and a specialization in Adlerian Psychology. The thrust of the department is to prepare its students to become certified and/ or licensed in their fields of study.

In February 2019, the Council for Accreditation in Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) awarded our Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs with full accreditation through March 2025. As the only two programs (i.e., MHCO and COUN) within the University System of Maryland (USM) with this distinction, the department is proudly recognized as one of the top in the region. For more than a decade, our School Psychology program has been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation [(CAEP) formerly NCATE].

The department’s Counseling Psychology program is designed to assist students in furthering their educational goals as future doctoral students or master’s level professionals. In 2017, faculty in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology were awarded a $1.1 million grant to study the current opioid crisis, which is the only known opioid training program in the nation to employ a culturally-responsive Peer Recovery approach. The Department of Counseling is unique; in that, despite each of the programs’ strong professional identities, there is a common mission to successfully train students in serving culturally-diverse populations within a changing world.