Walsh University Graduate Catalog 2012-2013
The mission and philosophy statement for the CHD program extends to professional counselor education the following overall mission of Walsh University: "The University provides its students a higher education that fosters critical thinking, effective communication, spiritual growth, and personal, professional, and cultural development. Walsh University encourages individuals to act in accordance with reason guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ." The CHD program mission is centered around training professional counselors according to the core values of leadership, service, justice and educational excellence; it describes the priorities, expectations and goals of CHD education.
The CHD program mission and philosophy statement is as follows: The Master’s program in Counseling and Human Development (CHD) is committed to developing conscientious, professionally skilled counselors who are responsive to the needs and individual differences of all people. We seek to cultivate within each student a greater self-awareness, a respect for the uniqueness, human dignity, and cultural background of each person, and the moral commitment to work, first and foremost, in the best interests of clients.
To accomplish this end, the CHD program provides students with a professional foundation in both theory and research about human behavior, and in counseling practice skills. We focus on how the understanding of human behavior and diversity is integrated into counseling practice. Consequently, our students are involved in both the practice of professional helping and the science of professional understanding.
We seek students with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will join in promoting the mission, values and goals of the CHD program.
The Walsh M.A. Program in Counseling and Human Development includes the two specialty areas of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the School Counseling specialty programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) under the 2001 Standards.