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Wilmington University's CMHC program seeks to prepare students to be effective counselors in a dynamic world and profession. The program is structured to ensure that students will develop a professional identity and master the knowledge and counseling skills needed to practice effectively. Students will be trained for careers in community mental health and human service agencies, educational institutions, private practices, as well as government, business and industrial settings. The CMHC program has been formulated consistent with the philosophy articulated in our Mission Statement and on the standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP; http://www.cacrep.org/).
The CMHC program is usually completed over a three-year time period, with the first two years dedicated to academic work and the third year focused on obtaining clinical experience in Practicum and Internship sites. During the first two years our students meet on a regular schedule with their Academic Advisor, who is drawn from among our permanent Faculty members. In the student's clinical year he/she is appointed a Faculty Clinical Supervisor who also serves the role of Academic Advisor.
Our permanent Faculty members are highly knowledgeable mental health professionals with a wealth of experience in counselor education. Each of them has worked in community mental health agencies serving a wide range of clients, including children and adolescents, adult and geriatric populations, severely and chronically mentally ill clients, addicted populations, indigent and disabled groups, and private practices serving clients with third party coverage. Our Adjunct Faculty members are drawn from the local community of working mental health professionals serving in facilities across the spectrum of mental health services that have earned terminal degrees in counseling and related fields and wish to bring the fullness and richness of their own community agency experience into the classroom. The CMHC program is committed to an ongoing dynamic relationship with all facets of our local community, including the agencies with which we work, the populations they serve, and the professionals who provide those services.
Please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.