The Counseling program at Chadron State College offers a Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and in School Counseling. The MAE in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides the academic coursework required for eligibility for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) in Nebraska; Likewise, the MAE in School Counseling provides the academic coursework required for eligibility for endorsement as a School Counselor in Nebraska. Additionally, we offer graduate and undergraduate coursework leading to licensure as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) in Nebraska. The programs and academic courses will prepare you to work professionally in a variety of public and private counseling agencies or within elementary and secondary school settings.
We hope our program will meet your academic and professional goals as you embark on your chosen career as a professional counselor. Our website and Counseling Student Handbook will provide you with information regarding program curricula, faculty, performance outcomes, program and college policies, professional associations, and student services.
According to the American Counseling Association (ACA), "Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Counselors work with clients on strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges that they are facing." (https://www.counseling.org/aca-community/learn-about-counseling/what-is-counseling/overview).
According to the American School Counselor Association, “Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. Learn more about the school counselor's role.” (https://www.schoolcounselor.org/administrators/role-of-the-school-counselor).
The CSC Counseling Program is currently seeking accreditation with CACREP for our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.
The first step to begin your journey is to apply for admission to CSC Graduate Studies.
Upon Conditional Acceptance into CSC Graduate Studies, you are invited to interview for acceptance into the Counseling Program. Please contact Dr. Kathleen Woods to schedule a prospective student interview.
Once you've completed your interview and received acceptance into the Counseling Program, you will attend a New Student Orientation prior to, or during, your first semester of classes. For more detailed information, contact Dr. Kathleen Woods, Counseling Program Director.
The Chadron State College Graduate Counseling Program MAE degrees are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) to confer the residential and online Master of Education degree and the Master of Arts in Education degree.
The Chadron State College Graduate Counseling Program MAE degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is currently working toward CACREP accreditation. We hope to become accredited by the year 2023. CACREP accredits master’s and doctoral degree programs in counseling and its specialties that are offered by colleges and universities in the United States and throughout the world.
The CSC Counseling Program’s Mission is to prepare quality professional counselors for careers with state, regional, or national public and private mental health agencies, mental health institutions, and educational systems.
We are committed to producing ethically and culturally competent counselors who demonstrate professional leadership with a purposeful commitment to client advocacy, and social justice, for the western High Plains States and the broader pluralistic nation.
The Counseling Program actively recruits students from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and cultural influences. Faculty value diversity among its student population and in society at large. This commitment to and appreciation of individual differences can be found in all aspects of our program, including student selection and admissions, faculty hiring, classroom instruction, texts and teaching materials, clinical practice and supervision, departmental administration, day-to-day operations, and policy formation.
The Counseling Program views recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students from the western High Plains as a major focus. We define the term diverse group broadly, including ethnic, racial, and cultural identities as well as in personal world views, gender identity, sexual preference, age differences, and the challenges associated with disabilities of various kinds. To attract and support a diverse student population, we have taken several initiatives including but not limited to the following:
Upon successful completion of the CSC Counseling Program, graduates will be able to: