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:
- Employment of mental health counselors is projected to grow 20 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
- Job prospects are expected to be good for mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists, particularly in rural areas or other communities that are under served by mental health practitioners.
- In addition, the number of military veterans needing and seeking mental health treatment is expected to increase over the next decade. The federal government, community clinics, and local hospitals will need to expand their mental health counseling staff to provide timely and effective treatment for veterans and active duty personnel.
- The federal health care reform requires insurance plans to cover treatment for mental health issues in the same way as other chronic diseases. This will give more people access to mental health care as a result.
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.
This is the first CACREP accredited program of this type in the nation.