Mission Statement

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.

Program Objectives

As a result of successfully completing a specific GSC program, graduates will be able to: 

  • 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.
  • Gain significant knowledge of major counseling theories in the context of individual and group counseling, and to apply this understanding to the counseling process. 
  • Demonstrate effective individual counseling techniques that facilitate client growth and demonstrate the ability to evaluate progress toward treatment goals. 
  • Develop an understanding of the social and cultural influences on human behavior and to recognize the impact of individual differences on the counseling process. 
  • Develop both theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group approaches. 
  • Develop an understanding of developmental aspects of human growth and appreciation for the nature of human development and its integration within the counseling process. 
  • 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. 
  • Gain significant knowledge of counseling models applicable to children and adolescents and demonstrate use of those models with youth. 
  • Develop the ability to read, critique, evaluate, and contribute to professional research literature. 
  • Gain knowledge and skills in assessment techniques and apply basic concepts to individuals and group appraisal. 
  • Develop an integration of knowledge and skills needed for effective counselor practice through supervised practicum and internship experiences. 
  • Develop professional and personal reflection as an integral practice of effective counseling and demonstrate ability to use it to strengthen counseling competencies.  


Clinical Mental Health Counseling Objectives 

In addition to the core objectives, clinical mental health counseling program graduates will be able to:

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


Professional School Counseling Objectives 

In addition to the core objectives, professional school counseling program graduates will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive developmental school counseling programs. 
  • Gain significant knowledge in directing school counseling services to close gaps in achievement, opportunity, and aspiration to enable all students to meet school success.