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CHDS Mission and Objectives

Building on a long tradition of academic excellence, the mission of the Counseling and Human Development Services (CHDS) program at Kent State University is to prepare research-informed and ethically sound counselor educators who conduct research, supervise, teach, and provide leadership. The CHDS program also facilitates their advancement as clinicians.

Two key objectives of our Counseling and Human Development Services doctoral program are delivering the high quality doctoral education required by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and providing students with a sound knowledge base in counselor supervision. Our CHDS program also strives to assist in developing the professional identity of students and to help them become leaders in and advocates for the counseling profession while also providing students with a sound knowledge base of teaching and pedagogy in counselor education. Providing students with a sound knowledge base of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, instrument design, along with the skills needed to contribute to the body of scholarly literature in the counseling profession is essential to the success of our program and university.

The program also aims to have students gain knowledge and skill in developing, implementing, and analyzing a unique research project via their dissertation, and to provide students with an advanced theoretical basis for counseling practice. Our program provides students with an extensive practicum experience in an on-site, state-of-the-art facility and serving clients from a multicultural and pluralistic society, which will prepare them for life upon graduation. In the best interest of our students, our program will prepare students who have not already met the requirements of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CSW&MFTB) to become licensed as Professional Counselors.

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