Counseling and Human Development (MA)

Dr. Charity Kurz, CHD, Program Chair

Comprehensive Mission Statement

The CHD program mission and philosophy statement for the CHD program extends to professional counselor education the following mission of Walsh University: "The University provides its students a higher education that fosters critical thinking, effective communication, spiritual growth, and personal, professional, and cultural development. Walsh University encourages the individuals to act in accordance with reason guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ." The CHD program mission is centered around the core values of leadership, service, justice and educational excellence; it describes the priorities, expectations and goals of CHD education.

Program Philosophy

The CHD program mission and philosophy statement is as follows: The Master’s program in Counseling and Human Development (CHD) is committed to developing conscientious, professionally skilled counselors who are responsive to the needs and individual differences of all people. We seek to cultivate within each student a greater self-awareness, a respect for the uniqueness, human dignity, and cultural background of each person, and the moral commitment to work, first and foremost, in the best interests of clients and students.

To accomplish this end, the CHD program provides students with a professional foundation in both theory and research about human behavior and in counseling practice skills. We focus on how the understanding of human behavior and diversity is integrated into counseling practice. Consequently, our students are involved in both the practice of professional helping and the science of professional understanding.

We seek students with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will join in promoting the mission, values and goals of the CHD program.

Program Goals

  1. Develop students’ core knowledge and competencies necessary to function as professional counselors in school and clinical mental health counseling
  2. Prepare students for specialized professional roles as clinical mental health counselors and school counselors
  3. Assist students to develop a sense of their identity as counselors and the professional orientation needed to work for the welfare of diverse clients and students

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will demonstrate core knowledge competencies in counseling (8 core CACREP areas).
  • Graduates will combine core counseling skills in practice and in practicum/field experiences.
  • Graduates will integrate the core and the specialty knowledge and competencies required to practice as Mental Health Counselors and/or School Counselors.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the specialized counseling skills competencies required to practice as Mental Health Counselors and/or School Counselors.
  • Graduates will comply with their ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities in their roles as Mental Health Counselors and/or School Counselors.
  • Graduates will select the knowledge competencies, attitudes and skills necessary to work effectively with diverse populations in their respective settings (clinical mental health and/or school).


Walsh's M.A. in Counseling and Human Development includes two license-eligible specialty areas: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) under the 2009 Standards until the next accrediting cycle, when CHD will seek reaccreditation under the 2016 Standards.