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Mental Health & School Counseling

The Mental Health and School Counseling Program at Bowling Green State University is committed to the mission of providing state-of-the-art training in order to prepare highly qualified, ethical, and culturally competent professional counselors who advocate for social justice. The program values an inclusive and diverse learning environment. To this end, the graduate program offers opportunities that integrate learning discovery, scholarship and engagement that challenge traditional and non-traditional students to reach their academic and professional potential. Applicants may apply for fall, spring, or summer admission.

The MH&SC program establishes high standards of academic and professional competence consistent with state and national standards for licensure to practice in educational and mental health environments. The MH&SC program demonstrates its commitment to its mission statement by its continued accreditations.  Currently, the MH&SC program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  The Mental Health program is an approved program of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board, which means that graduates of this program will be accepted as having met the academic requirements for professional licensure in Ohio.  The School Counseling Program is approved by the Ohio Department of Education, which indicates that graduates of this program have met the academic requirements for school counselor licensure in Ohio. The program is dedicated to engaging in continuous program development related to the latest research in the field as well as the changing licensure requirements our graduates must meet.  The faculty is involved in scholarship, service and professional activities, which are used to enhance the teaching mission of the program and play a role in meeting the educational needs of practitioners in the community.

Approximately 70 full-time and part-time graduate students are enrolled in the MH&SC program. While most students prepare in either mental health or school counseling, some students take additional coursework in order to be licensed in both specialties. Last year, 10 mental heath counseling students and 13 school counseling students graduated. The completion rate has been 100%. The licensure passage rate for mental health counseling was 87% while the rate for school counseling was 100%. The job placement rate for mental health counseling was 100% and 95% for school counseling.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Mental Health and School Counseling Program have been designed to provide a comprehensive professional preparation of graduate students that includes:

  • Self-discovery and exploration
  • Knowledge and building of counseling theories and practices
  • Learning, examining, and understanding of multicultural, diversity, and social justice principles, practices, issues, and trends.
  • Fostering a professional identity as a qualified and involved counselor