The Counseling program was named the 2022 PCA Outstanding Counselor Education Program
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) has received special recognition from the Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA). During this year’s PCA Conference, the Counseling program was named the 2022 PCA Outstanding Counselor Education Program. Eric Meyer, professor and director of the program, along with several other faculty members, were on hand to receive the award on behalf of the counseling faculty and staff. “This award validates that our program’s values, priorities and approach to training are contributing to accomplishing our mission,” states Meyer. “I am particularly heartened that this award required input from our external stakeholders, which shows that our approach is appreciated not just within the walls of the university but by our community partners.”
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is a two-year master’s program that prepares students to address the complex challenges faced by clients of diverse backgrounds, including individuals across cultures, across the lifespan, and those with disabilities and mental and behavioral health challenges. The program emphasizes experiential training in evidence-based practices while advancing the field through clinical research.
“Our students and prospective students should feel confident that our program outcomes are exemplary, including our certification exam pass rate (100% pass rate in 2021 compared to the national average of 63%) and our employment rate (over 90% 6 months post-graduation).” Meyer continues, “Beyond the numbers, several strengths make the Pitt Counseling program a standout, including our exceptional clinical training, focus on community engagement and advocacy, emphasis on evidence-based interventions, prioritizing mentorship and student wellness, our historical and ongoing focus on the integration of rehabilitation and disability with mental health, engagement of our faculty and students in clinical research, and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
The Counseling program is currently accepting applications for its fall 2023 cohort. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023.
Published October 31, 2022