The School of Education’s Department of Counseling and Human Services:  Excellence in Training, Scholarship, and Local Impacts

Department Chair: Rod Goodyear

School of Education faculty and students are energized by the direction the School is taking and the possibilities that these are presenting for us. These are evident, for example, in our goal to transition to a true graduate and professional school, with all that this identity connotes: improved scholarship and training with excellence that is recognized both regionally and nationally. The new Department of Counseling and Human Services is both a manifestation of this commitment and an important vehicle for advancing these goals.

Although the department is being announced now as a new entity, its faculty have been functioning over the past year as if the department already existed. Across a number of meetings and two retreats we have collaborated to make important changes. These changes include curriculum, admission standards, and the development of mechanisms to monitor student progress that will allow us to provide more effective support to better ensure student success.

The Counseling and Human Services faculty share a strong commitment to training excellent practitioners who have the necessary attitudes and competence to serve diverse clients and students.

We also share a commitment to social justice.  This is reflected, not only in our curriculum, but in the extent to which our students are engaged in the community. This engagement includes our clinical mental health counseling students’ biweekly participation in the Riverside Free Clinic; http://www.riversidefreeclinic.com/. It also includes the tens of thousands of hours our counseling students annually donate to local schools and community agencies through their fieldwork and practicum experiences.

These core values and commitments define our department and our programs. Individual faculty members also contribute to what is unique about us as a team and therefore to the depth we bring to our collective work. We are trained and credentialed in several helping disciplines (marriage and family therapy, licensed professional counselor, school counseling, and psychology). The perspectives and strengths we bring are shown in the leadership roles we have held. For example, three faculty members were presidents of a national or state organizations during 2015:  Hideko Sera, National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (http://www.thencspp.com/); Janee Both Gragg,  California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (http://www.calpcc.org/calpcc-leadership); and me, Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (http://societyforpsychotherapy.org/). Ron Morgan demonstrates leadership in school counseling and is representing our faculty in monthly phone meetings of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision School Counseling Interest Network. Conroy Reynolds brings his commitment to studying and teaching about spirituality in mental health in an annual conference sponsored by our department (http://sites.redlands.edu/university-communications/newsroom/news-releases/september-2016/wellness-symposium/).

The department houses both the school counseling (MA and PPS credential) and the clinical mental health counseling (MA) programs. The “human services” part of our departmental title honors the online masters program we are developing to serve people in leadership roles in human service agencies. Conroy Reynolds is leading those efforts. We are likely to admit our first students to that program in 2018.