The ultimate goal of Department of Psychological Counseling Guidance is to help our students succeed and those they serve thrive. In psychology and counseling, both theory and practice are equally important. Our department stresses research, practice, service, and teaching.
Our academic offerings include master’s programs that provide helping professionals with therapeutic skills that are critical in schools and many other settings. We train school counselors, clinical mental health counselors, and rehabilitation counselors—three different tracks, each blending in-depth theoretical knowledge with the intensive hands-on experiences for which Ball State is known. Our master’s-level social psychology programs focus strongly on understanding how people interact with one another, building knowledge that’s useful across many disciplines, from education to human resources to criminal investigation. At the doctoral level, we also educate counseling psychologists, who use their skills in a broad array of academic and clinical settings.
Our dedication to experiential learning and community service is embodied by the Counseling Practicum, which allows our graduate students to offer counseling services to area residents, under the supervision of licensed psychologists.