Mission Statement

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The mission of the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine (MHCBM) Master’s Degree Program at Boston University School of Medicine is to provide exceptional academic and clinical fieldwork experience that emphasizes the core competencies of clinical mental health counseling with complementary training in behavioral medicine and neuroscience. Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the MHCBM 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 strategies to address physical illness and health promotion.

Program Objectives

At the completion of the MHCBM Program, students are able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that uniquely embody clinical mental health counselors
  • Apply theories and methods derived from the mental health counseling field to the assessment, 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 counselors
  • Establish that they possess the requisite knowledge to become licensed to practice as mental health counselors within the behavioral healthcare workforce

Vision Statement

The MHCBM Program strives to be a national leader in counselor education by preparing future generations of clinical mental health counselors to use evidence-based practices in their work with diverse client and patient populations with health and mental health disorders.