Dec 05, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin

Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling

Amy Milsom, Chair

Graduate Program Director for Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)
Dominque Hammonds

Mark Schwarze, Graduate Program Director for Addiction Counseling (Graduate Certificate)

Karen Caldwell, Graduate Program Director for Expressive Arts Therapy (Graduate Certificate)
Kristen Benson, Graduate Degree Program Director for Marriage and Family Therapy (MA) and Systemic Multicultural Counseling (Graduate Certificate)

Jill Van Horne, Graduate Program Director for Professional School Counseling (MA)

Sonja Ardoin, Graduate Program Director for Student Affairs Administration (MA)


The Department of Human Development & Psychological Counseling is responsible for organizing and providing instructional programs that prepare students for human services positions in K-12 schools, colleges/universities, and mental health agencies.

The department offers courses of instruction leading to a Master of Arts degree with these majors:

  • The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare counselors and other helping professionals to work in a wide variety of human service agencies (including mental health centers, social service agencies, employment and rehabilitation centers, business and industry employee assistance programs, etc.). Various specialized course emphases are available. 
  • The Marriage and Family Therapy program is designed to meet the need for advanced preparation of marriage and family therapists who work with families in a wide variety of work settings.
  • The Professional School Counseling program (K-12) is designed to meet state licensure requirements and to prepare counselors for elementary, middle, and secondary schools. 
  • The Student Affairs Administration program is designed to prepare college student development (student personnel/student affairs) specialists to work in a post-secondary educational setting (universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, two-year private colleges, and technical institutes/colleges).


The programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) and Professional School Counseling (M.A.), are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body. Graduates are eligible to take the examination of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. with successful completion qualifying the individual to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC). The Professional School Counseling program is also accredited/ approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)  and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3061.


    Master of ArtsMaster of Arts/Master of Music Therapy (Dual)Graduate Certificate


      Human Development & Psychological Counseling