Counseling & Addiction Studies

Celebrating 50 years of counseling

The Counseling program began in 1964 when the University of Detroit launched a Master's program in Pastoral Counseling.  The Counseling program has since grown and responded to the changing needs in society, and today offers three Master's degrees in: Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling.  In addition, the Counseling program offers post-graduate certification in School Counseling.  The tradition begun long ago reflects UDM's rich history as one of the first counselor education programs in the state and among the first in the country.       

2014 Counseling Student Celebration

The Department of Counseling and Addiction Studies prepares individuals interested in pursuing careers in the helping professions by offering the following programs:

A Bachelor's degree program is available in Addiction Studies whereas Master's degree programs are available in Counseling and non-degree endorsement/certification programs are available in School Counseling and Addiction Studies.

Counseling Program Wins Grant for New School Counseling Course Development  

The University of Detroit Mercy Counseling program was awarded funding by the Michigan College Access Network in summer, 2014 for new course development in school counseling.  Dr. Jocelyn Bennett-Garraway will lead the project.

Introduction to the Counseling Profession

The counseling profession is designed to assist individuals in effectively managing the many challenges of living through self-exploration and increased self-awareness. The counseling profession is one that begins at the graduate level with many counseling students possessing undergraduate degrees in related social sciences (i.e., psychology, social work).

Rooted in counseling theory and research, professional counselors are trained in the development of counseling skills while engaging in personal growth experiences. While the classroom serves as one form of training ground, the University of Detroit Mercy's counseling clinic and internship experience sufficiently augment the counselor-in-training with adequate preparation to enter the field. It is as a result of this rigorous training that graduates of the University of Detroit Mercy's Counseling program are equipped most effectively to work with individuals to effect positive change in every aspect of living.