Graduate & Adult Studies

GSC Mission, Goals and Objectives



The mission of Carson-Newman Graduate Studies in Counseling program is to provide high quality training and curricular experiences to graduate students who have a passion for service, leading to eligibility for licensure as a professional counselor in mental health and PK-12 school settings.

We are honored to produce ethically and culturally competent counselors who demonstrate professional leadership, dedication to social justice, and commitment to client advocacy for the people of the Appalachian region and the broader pluralistic nation and world.


To fulfill our mission, the GSC faculty established the following program goals to guide training of our students. The GSC program will provide counselors-in-training with:
• Knowledge and understandings of human development, helping processes, and evidence-based counseling approaches that build on client strengths.
• Skill to deliver prevention, intervention, and advocacy services to individuals, groups, and families.
• Preparation to be reflective practitioners whose professional dispositions reflect a high commitment to continual development of self and professional competencies.
• Capability to deliver the standard of care that is consistent with the ethical guidelines approved by professional counseling associations and Carson-Newman University.
• Ability to develop holistic, multicultural competencies and strategies to work effectively with diverse client populations.


As a result of successfully completing a specific Graduate Studies in Counseling program, graduates will be able to:
1. Professional Orientation & Ethics: Demonstrate an understanding of the counseling profession, develop an identity as a counselor, and demonstrate a willingness to provide counseling services within the ethical guidelines of the counseling profession.
2. Counseling Theories & Techniques: Gain significant knowledge of major counseling theories in the context of individual and group counseling, and to apply this understanding to the counseling process.
3. Helping Relationships: Demonstrate effective individual counseling techniques that facilitate client growth and demonstrate the ability to evaluate progress toward treatment goals.
4. Social and Cultural Diversity: Develop an understanding of the social and cultural influences on human behavior and to recognize the impact of individual differences on the counseling process.
5. Group Counseling: Develop both theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group approaches.
6. Human Growth and Development: Develop an understanding of developmental aspects of human growth and appreciation for the nature of human development and its integration within the counseling process.
7. Career Development: Develop an understanding of career development and related life factors and the effects on an individual’s mental health and lifestyle and its application within counseling.
8. Counseling Children & Adolescents: Gain significant knowledge of counseling models applicable to children and adolescents and demonstrate use of those models with youth.
9. Counseling Research & Program Evaluation: Develop the ability to read, critique, evaluate, and contribute to professional research literature.
10. Assessment: Gain knowledge and skills in assessment techniques and apply basic concepts to individuals and group appraisal.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Objectives
CMHC 1. Gain knowledge of holistic mental health counseling models and to apply this understanding to prevention and intervention approaches with individuals from a variety of etiological, familial, personal and environmental contexts.
CMHC 2. Gain knowledge of family systems in a multicultural society and apply this understanding to the helping process.

Professional School Counseling Objectives
PSC 1. Develop and demonstrate an understanding of how to design, implement and evaluate comprehensive school developmental school counseling programs.
PSC 2. Gain significant knowledge in directing school counseling services to close gaps in achievement, opportunity, and aspiration so all students meet school success.

Practical Application Objectives
PA 1. Experiential Learning: To develop an integration of knowledge and skills needed for effective counselor practice through supervised practicum and internship experiences.
PS 2. Reflective Practice: To develop ability of reflection for personal growth and professional development to improve delivery of service as a career long practice.

For more information, contact:
Carolyn Cole Brewer, EdD, NCC
Director, Graduate Studies in Counseling
Carson-Newman University 

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