Caldwell’s graduate programs in Counseling prepare students to work effectively in a variety of settings as mental health counselors, school counselors, and art therapists. The three areas share a number of core courses and provide specialized education in their unique focused areas as well. A central component of Caldwell University’s programs is the integration of spirituality, enabling students to incorporate this important dimension in concert with conventional practices.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2008-2009:
- Job opportunities for counselors should be very good because job openings are expected to exceed the number of graduates from counseling programs
- Overall employment of counselors is expected to increase by 21 percent by 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations
- The health care and social assistance industry employs about 47 percent of counselors, and state and local government employ about 11 percent.
According to the American School Counselor Association:
Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success.
According to the American Art Therapy Association:
Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. At Caldwell, art therapy is practiced within the counseling model.