The Master's degree in Counseling and Human Services (CHS) is designed to prepare professional counselors in a competency-based graduate program for broadly defined practice in community family and work settings. The CHS program at Lehigh University provides students with an understanding of the counselor's role in contemporary American Society as well as fundamental counseling and intervention skills for use in community, work, and family settings. The CHS program is developmental/contextual in nature and presumes that counselors must work in an increasingly diverse cultural and economic environment. Human services counselors must understand and be prepared to adapt to changing societal conditions and the demands placed upon individuals and families in home, work, educational and healthcare settings. Social justice provides an overarching perspective for the role of the professional counselor.
The faculty seeks to produce counselors who can conceptualize and intervene in competent preventative, developmental, and therapeutic ways to assist a broad cultural cross-section of individuals to improve their understanding, adjustment, and daily functioning across the life span. Students are sought who will both appreciate and embrace the scientific and empirical underpinnings of the counseling field and work to apply them in culturally appropriate ways. The following competency areas adapted from the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC; 2011) are the guiding policy for our CHS training program and serve as the basis for evaluation of student professional progress and readiness for practicum, internship, and professional practice:
- Professional counselor identity, ethical behavior, and social justice practices;
- Human development and wellness across the lifespan;
- Neuroscientific, physical, and biological foundations of human development and wellness;
- Ecological, contextual, multicultural, social justice foundations of human development;
- Counseling, consultation, and social justice advocacy theories and skills;
- Group theory, practice and social justice advocacy,
- Career and life development,
- Assessment of human behavior and organizational/community/institutional systems,
- Tests and measurements.
- Traditional and social justice-oriented research and evaluations,
- Practicum/internship experiences.
A successful graduate may be employed in a variety of settings such as mental health agencies, social service agencies, community counseling centers, and healthcare settings.
The M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Services Program is accredited by the Master's in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of August, 2014 through August, 2024.
Curriculum can be found in the course catalog.