Professional Mental Health Counseling
The Professional Mental Health Counseling program at Lewis & Clark has a long-standing reputation in the community for educating professional counselors who are well-grounded in theory and skillful in providing sound clinical interventions. We train empathic and compassionate practitioners who through their creative leadership and advocacy contribute to the advancement of the counseling profession.
Our core mission is your development as professional counselors who can provide effective individual and group counseling/therapy in diverse community settings. Your professional preparation includes knowledge, skills and supervised clinical experiences, as well as your identity development as a professional counselor who understands and addresses social justice as a key factor in improving the well-being of clients, individually and relationally.
We currently offer two programs in Professional Mental Health Counseling:
Graduates of our programs understand that the following aspects of a person’s life are essential when reflecting upon how power, privilege and oppression impact the well-being of individuals and the relationships in their lives: physical ability, culture, race/ethnicity, social and political processes, socioeconomic status, exile/migration status, religious and spiritual beliefs, language, education, gender, sexual orientation and age.
Graduates go on to become mental health counselors who work in a variety of settings. Read more about our program outcomes here.
During my graduate study journey, I was welcomed, encouraged, and challenged by Lewis & Clark’s faculty, as well as my fellow students. From the building blocks of theory to the scaffolding of practical application, I was supported by my mentors and peers to keep asking tough questions, keep up with or ahead of best practices research, and to give back to the counseling community.Erin Parker, M.S. ’09
Our programs are designed to meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds who have a wide range of professional goals. Undergraduate degrees from a variety of disciplines in addition to psychology (e.g. communication, sociology, anthropology, foreign languages, religion, philosophy, education) can serve as the foundation for your new identity as a professional counselor. As you learn professional skills and enhance your own personal qualities, you gain the ability to make a real difference in the world, helping to change lives for the better.
This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). (Note: The program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs, and create separate accreditation for Addictions programs. The program intends to seek accreditation under the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Addictions program standards when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines.)