Weaving together embodied counselor presence...
sound professional character...
an ethic of communal care...
and valuing the spiritual in counselor and client.
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Cassandra Kennell, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Shenandoah Psychological Services
Counselor, Minnick School/Lutheran Family Services of VA, Harrisonburg, VA
School Counselor, Fishersville, Virginia
Regional Coordinator, Region II, Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, Front Royal, Virginia
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Become a Professional Counselor
Within our professional counseling program we strive to achieve the highest standards of excellence in providing psychologically and spiritually grounded training for counselors. We seek to create a community atmosphere within the program, a community bold with creative ideas and open with honesty, partnering in the inner work counselor training requires.
MA in Counseling Distinctives
EMU’s master of arts in counseling is a 60 semester hour CACREP-accredited Clinical Community Mental Health Counseling program designed for men and women with busy lives. Our students are working individuals who need to balance work or family while returning to school. Some commute from Roanoke, Charlottesville and Washington D.C., to participate in our program’s psychologically and spiritually grounded experiential training.
The two-day back-to-back course schedule (usually Tuesday/Wednesday or Wednesday/Thursday) during the academic year was designed to accommodate even the busiest schedule. Program highlights include:
- Practical skills and training
- Emotionally focused therapy (EFT)
- Psychoanalytic perspectives
- Contemplative practice and mindfulness
- Expressive Arts
- CACREP accreditation
- Continuing education (CE) each year for regional clinicians and practitioners
Two degree tracks
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling: a 60-credit, CACREP-accredited track that prepares students for clinical practice and meets educational requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia.
- Dual seminary and counseling degree: a dual degree program that helps students earn both the MDiv and an MA in counseling in approximately one year less and at less cost than if the degrees were pursued separately.
The program is accredited in Community Mental Health Counseling* by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). For more information about the counseling profession, contact the American Counseling Association. Why is this accreditation important to students?
- CACREP graduates perform better on the National Counselor Examination for licensure and certification (NCE).
- CACREP programs have been reviewed against the highest professionally approved standards.
- Attending a CACREP program streamlines the licensure application process since most states recognize what a CACREP degree contains.
*The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Eastern Mennonite University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation runs through October 31, 2017. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling program intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines.)