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Southern Oregon University

The mission of the SOU Mental Health Counseling Program is to train competent, culturally aware, ethical counselors who will provide exceptional mental health services in both public and private settings to meet the needs of increasingly diverse communities.

Objectives of the Master in Mental Health Counseling

  • The MHC program provides an academic environment with small classes where faculty members support students’ personal and professional growth.
  • Students develop a deep understanding of the personhood of the counselor as an important foundation for the counseling relationship.
  • Students attain a broad theoretical understanding of counseling approaches. Students become well-versed in the empirical nature of the counseling profession.
  • Students grow in counseling skills throughout their studies, beginning experiential training in the first term with close supervision and guidance.
  • Students learn to think and act ethically, demonstrating professional accountability and acumen for the welfare of clients, agencies, communities, and the mental health counseling profession.
  • Students grow in multicultural competence and express understanding of and support for the increasing diversity of our communities.
  • Students develop strong professional identities as mental health counselors.
  • Graduates provide exceptional mental health services within public and private agencies and effectively work with individuals, groups, families, and social systems.
  • Graduates qualify to become licensed professional counselors throughout the United States.
  • Graduates are recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors as Nationally Certified Counselors.
  • The MHC program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and
    Therapists.
  • The MHC program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, to provide employment mobility for graduates.