Counseling and Human Services
Welcome to the Department of Counseling and Human Services!
The Department of Counseling and Human Services of East Tennessee State University prepares culturally responsive, competent, ethical, self-reflective, and caring counseling and human services professionals committed to improving the human condition and affirm the unique intersectional identities of the individuals they serve through supportive wellness, counseling, advocacy, leadership, and educational services. In addition, we seek improvement in accessibility, accountability, and coordination of services for all. Each of our degree and service programs provides students with the skills, knowledge, and awareness to succeed in their chosen field.
The Department of Counseling and Human Services, and the program within, do not condone or engage in discrimination based on age, color, culture, disability, ethnic group, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual/affectional identity, marital status, veteran status, or socioeconomic status. See our Mission, Purpose, and Goals statements.
Specific opportunities and curricular/extracurricular requirements are listed under the respective programs. Each of our programs incorporates clinical or service opportunities, such as practicums, internships, or other field placements congruent with program standards and the professional goals of students.
This is an exciting time for us. We continue to have new initiatives as well as review current offerings to assure we are offering quality programs and services to our students, the Clemmer College, ETSU, and our community. Our continued educational goals include a trauma-informed and anti-racist approach to education for counseling, human services, and leadership professions. We hope you find what you are looking for on our site. Please contact us for more information!
The undergraduate program in Human Services leads to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and is designed to provide a human, social, and behavioral science background for persons to work in a variety of settings for a broad range of organizations dedicated to helping others transition through their developmental and contextual issues and processes.
We offer three minors that are complementary to a variety of majors: Human Development and Learning, Family Studies, and Trauma and Resilience The HDAL minor is designed to provide students with a solid knowledge base in human development through the life span. The Family Studies minor offers students a theoretical and practical understanding of the family as a social institution and a vital social system.
The M.S. degree in Human Services enhances the capability of human service professionals to implement key services competently while addressing a variety of client needs throughout their life stages. Graduate preparation maximizes the academic and professional growth of students seeking additional qualifications to advance in their careers.
The Counseling Program prepares highly skilled practitioners to work in a wide range of professional settings. Our Master's of Arts degree in Counseling has two CACREP accredited concentrations:
Ed.S. in Counselor Leadership
We offer the Ed. S. in Counselor Leadership concentration of the Educational Leadership major in collaboration with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The program is a unique 31 credit hour, post-masters degree program that leads to an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Counselor Leadership.
The Graduate Certificate in Community Leadership provides key leadership skills and credentials for those working in any field including
government, civic, healthcare, nonprofit, education, financial,
small business. The certificate is especially
designed for those who are in or seeking to become a director, team leader, or community organizer.
The Graduate Certificate in Nature-based Therapy critically examines a wide array of nature-based therapeutic contexts and perspectives. In addition, the certificate develops skills relevant to individual and community healing, development, and wellness, including practical skills for programming logistics, implementation, administration, and risk management. Additional topics covered throughout the certificate include ecopsychology, ecotherapy, Leave No Trace (LNT) philosophy, land stewardship practices, common US nature-based program models, multicultural perspectives in nature-based therapeutics, and outdoor behavioral healthcare.
The ETSU graduate program in counseling was the awarded the 2019 Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award by the Association for Counseling Education and Supervision (ACES).