Graduate Department of Psychology and Counseling

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.

MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIZATION
Coordinator: Sr. Catherine Waters

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.

Professional Organizations:

  • NJCA
  • ACA
  • NJMHCA

SCHOOL COUNSELING SPECIALIZATION
Coordinator: Dr. Stacey Solomon

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.

Professional Organizations:

  • NJSCA
  • ASCA

ART THERAPY SPECIALIZATION
Coordinator: Dr. Marie Wilson

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.

Professional Organizations:

  • NJATA
  • AATA

All three of Caldwell University’s Graduate Programs in Counseling have received accreditation from The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).


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