Welcome to the Department of Counseling in the College of Professional Advancement.
We appreciate your interest in our programs. The Department of Counseling continues its development of leaders in the profession as counselors, educators, supervisors, and educational researchers. The purpose of a counseling education is not only to provide students with a strong educational foundation but also to prepare counseling clinicians to effectively meet mental health needs in the 21st century.
Our faculty come from a variety of backgrounds with diverse research interests and provide students with the best education possible. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects and internships and to thrive in rich research-based courses. Students can customize their educational environment to optimize success within and beyond the classroom.
The Department of Counseling offers flexible degree options to meet the needs of our graduate students. We offer master of science degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling. Students can consider combined degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Master of Divinity and Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Master of Theological Studies. We also offer a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can provide additional information about our department.
Karen D. Rowland, Ph.D. LPC, NCC
Chair, Department of Counseling
Professor of Counseling
Mission and goals
The Department of Counseling offers masters and doctoral degrees to prepare students to become highly skilled, ethical, and compassionate mental health professionals. The curriculum reflects many theoretical perspectives with guidance to students as they develop their framework for community and clinical practice. Grounded in a commitment to social justice, the programs emphasize the client-counselor relationship and creative and experiential modalities in counseling. Students develop a thorough understanding of mental health issues through our Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Master of Science in School Counseling, Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, and Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision.
The Department of Counseling fulfills its mission and goals by helping students to develop:
- Knowledge in the eight common core curricular experiences identified in CACREP standards: professional orientation and ethical practice, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, group work, assessment, helping relationships, research and program evaluation, and career development
- Skills in therapeutic communications and counseling, emphasizing the client-counselor relationship, and facilitating and managing the counseling process with individuals, families, and groups
- An understanding of the practice of ethics, and professional identity in counseling
- Understanding and skills in the use of research, assessment, and program evaluation to inform clinical practice
- Knowledge of the role of supervision in counselor practice
Mercer University offers graduate counseling programs that are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) until October 31, 2024, under the 2009 standards. Benefits of this accreditation include increased program recognition and enhanced program value. Students who enroll in these courses gain knowledge in the eight common core curricular experiences identified in CACREP standards:
CACREP is an organization that accredits master’s and doctoral degree counseling programs offered by colleges and universities both in the United States and around the world.
Mercer University’s CACREP-Accredited Counseling Programs
- Counselor Education and Supervision, Ph.D.
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S.
- Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, M.S.
- School Counseling, M.S.
In 2019, Mercer University counseling graduates achieved a 95% pass rate on their first attempt at the national Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Mercer students have also consistently averaged scores on these exams that are above the national average scores for other counseling programs. Learn more about program-specific outcomes: