Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs at Bowling Green State University are 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 programs value an inclusive and diverse learning environment. To this end, the graduate programs offer 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 or spring admission.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs establish high standards of academic and professional competence consistent with state and national standards for licensure to practice in educational and mental health environments. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs demonstrate commitment to their mission statement through continued accreditations. Currently, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Clinical Mental Health Counseling 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 programa are 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 74 full-time and part-time graduate students are enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs. While most students prepare in either clinical mental health or school counseling, some students take additional coursework in order to be licensed in both specialties. Last year, 14 clinical mental heath counseling students and 14 school counseling students graduated. The completion rate for this program is 96%. The licensure passage rate for clinical mental health counseling was 98% while the rate for school counseling was 100%. The job placement rate for clinical mental health counseling was 95% and 95% for school counseling.
The educational objectives of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs have been designed to provide a comprehensive professional preparation of graduate students that includes:
- Students will distinguish between counseling theories.
- Students will integrate theory and practice for individual and group counseling settings.
- Student will examine practices surrounding multiculturalism, diversity, inclusion, and equity.
- Students will develop a professional counselor identity with a foundation in the integration of evidenced based practice and applicable ethical codes.
- Students will evaluate their self-awareness and self-development through reflective practice of counseling skills