The mission of the Graduate Counseling Program is to prepare counselors to be competent practitioners and agents for positive personal and social change.
Our program is designed for people who wish to work in schools, colleges, family service agencies, private practice, or a variety of other counseling settings. The Graduate Counseling Program will provide you with a foundation in theory, values, history, research and hands-on skills, offered within a holistic, humanistic framework. You'll become familiar with the evolving nature of the counseling profession and the needs of individuals, families, schools and communities. Our students do more than learn theory and technique, however — you will learn professional ethics, social responsibility, and how to understand and address the needs of an increasingly complex society.
"My experience was rewarding and provided the best possible preparation for the licensing board exams. The programs are professionally constructed. The classes are tailored to working with real-life clients, not just theoretical people in dry vignettes. The faculty is first-rate; each professor is an expert on his or her subject and is very accessible outside of class hours to provide additional support and guidance. [The staff] were very good at helping direct us to the appropriate field placement for our varied career goals. The graduates of SMC are all exceptionally suited to work with a variety of clients and are all well-equipped to hit the ground running. The training is superior, both from a theoretical and practical perspective."
- Tonya Lemmon, MFT, Graduate Counseling Program graduate