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Master of Science in Counseling
Listen. Influence. Encourage. A counselor can make a profound difference in someone's life. OSU-Cascades nationally accredited graduate counseling program provides the theory and practice to enable you to deliver professional counseling services in a clinical mental health or school setting.
The counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accrediting Counseling and Related Educational Programs, (CACREP),the gold standard in graduate counseling programs. This accreditation allows the student to take exams needed to meet initial eligibility requirements for licensure as an Oregon Licensed Professional Counselor. The program is recognized by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and the National Board of Certified Counselors as meeting the coursework requirements for state licensing and national certification.
Students elect to concentrate in one of two areas:
- School Counseling
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Both concentrations emphasize academic excellence, competence in counseling skills and personal growth. Advanced coursework and the collaborative cohort teaching model integrate academic knowledge and theory, with practical experience through closely supervised practicum and internships.
(Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling program intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines.)
Our state-of-the-art counseling clinic provides students with the opportunity to counsel clients while being supervised by faculty.
Developed at OSU-Cascades, Lab Schools are school counseling practicums where a small group of students learn together at one school.
Graduate student Katy Schroeder worked with OSU-Cascades faculty to create an equine-assisted therapy program.