About Us

Mission Statement

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Dayton seeks to develop scholar-practitioners to become methodical and reflective in facilitating therapeutic processes that foster growth and improvement in the mental health and well-being of children, youth, and adults in the community.

Program Objectives

Successful participation in the CMHC program enables students to:

  1. Demonstrate a professional counselor identity through participation in professional organizations, acquisition of ethical and legal knowledge and recognition of a professional developmental process characterized by the integration of personal and professional experiences.
  2. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to enable an appreciation of cultural differences and their influence on counseling practice, and a developing openness toward “others.”
  3. Demonstrates the ability to apply an understanding of the process of human development as holistic - involving mind, body and spirit, spanning a lifetime, and resulting in varying outcomes due to the interactions between individual and environmental factors.
  4. Demonstrate the characteristics effective helpers as they grow in acquiring theoretical knowledge, therapeutic relational skills and self-awareness through critical reflection.
  5. Demonstrate abilities to successfully practice clinical mental health counseling in public and private behavioral health care systems by acquiring the knowledge, skills and dispositions to think and speak in the vernacular of the medical model (i.e. the current DSM) within a broader contextual understanding of the holistic (mind, body, spirit) nature of the human experience.