“The faculty promoted an open environment in which students were able to engage in
the learning process. The faculty placed a strong emphasis on counseling skills,
ethics, multiculturalism, and developing a strong professional identity in counseling.
The class sizes were small, which enabled the faculty to build working professional
relationships with the students. Each required course was in alignment with the accreditation
standards. This was essential to meet the requirements to take the National Counselor
Examination (NCE) in order to obtain certification and licensure in professional
counseling. I was eligible to take the NCE during my final semester and passed on
the first try.”
-Patrice Bounds, Community Counseling
Since I earned my degree from the Counseling Graduate Program, I feel that I have
developed the skill set to handle mental health issues that arise within community.
The instructors encouraged critical thinking and created a supportive learning environment
where I was free to take risk and challenge my personal beliefs, values and perspectives.
Being CACREP accredited gives me the reassurance that I met the highest training
and academic standards recognized by the field.
- Tracy Bibbs, 2004 graduate of the Community Counseling
My journey at Chicago State University was very rewarding. I had the opportunity
to earn more than a Master’s Degree in Counseling. The faculty members in the counseling
program provided me with mentorship that helped in my personal, academic, and professional
development. Many of my professors infused their expertise in counseling with lectures
that made learning the subject matter applicable. I felt extremely prepared for
my career as a professional counselor in the urban community upon graduating. The
course work was challenging and prepared me to further my education. I am currently
a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision. If you are considering
Chicago State University as a choice for your education in counseling, I invite you
to take a closer look. The faculty in the Counseling Program will exceed your expectations.
Shalon McCray, M.A., 2011 graduate of Clinical Mental Health Counselor