The mission of the Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine (MHCBM) Master’s Degree Program at Boston University School of Medicine is to provide exceptional academic and clinical field work experience that emphasizes the core competencies of clinical mental health counseling recognized by several professional and accrediting organizations (eg, CACREP, AMHCA, & ACA),with a complementary background in behavioral medicine and neuroscience. The Program places great value on excellence, diversity, integrity, social justice, advocacy, collegiality, equality of opportunity, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Our Program offers theoretical, experiential, clinical, and research-supported activities related to clinical mental health counseling with adults, adolescents, and children on the medical campus as well as in community settings. We accept and educate a broad range of outstanding students who seek careers as clinical mental health counselors. Graduates of the MHCBM Program generally become independently licensed and are trained to work in settings where traditional mental health interventions can be informed by evidence-based practice, an understanding of neuroscience, and the promotion of health behavior change.
At the completion of the MHCBM Program, students are able to:
- Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that uniquely embody clinical mental health counseling
- Apply theories and methods derived from the mental health counseling field to the prevention and treatment of health and mental health conditions
- Integrate multicultural and diversity competence into their counseling practice
- Articulate how a behavioral medicine framework and neuroscience evidence can inform mental health counseling interventions
- Establish that they possess the requisite knowledge to become licensed mental health counselors within the behavioral healthcare workforce