Key Skills for Success
The Counseling@Northwestern curriculum is rigorous and challenging, preparing you for the complex cases you will encounter as a clinical mental health counselor.
To succeed as a Counseling@Northwestern student, you will need to demonstrate the following key skills throughout your enrollment.
Counseling@Northwestern is a writing-intensive program, requiring you to clearly present your thoughts, perspectives, and research in written form. In addition to writing for academia, you should be proficient at writing for the arts and sciences, health sciences, and legal audiences. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with American Psychological Association (APA) Style because you will be required to adhere to this style for all writing assignments. If you would like additional writing practice, you may take a writing seminar at any time while you are enrolled.
Listening and Self-Reflection
You will spend much of your time in the program listening to others, whether you’re attending face-to-face classes or working with clients at your placement sites. When others are speaking, we expect you to demonstrate active listening, in which you hear what is being said and then respond meaningfully. In addition to listening, the program requires you to be in constant self-reflection. You will take part in various self-reflective experiences that challenge you to confront your perspectives so you can work effectively with diverse people in need.
The core of the counseling profession is positive social interaction, and we expect you to demonstrate strong social skills from your interview through graduation. You should act respectfully toward your professors, classmates, clients and site supervisors at all times. As part of the program, you will take a group dynamics course and participate in a group dynamics immersion that will give you a firsthand look at the complexities of counseling multiple clients at once.
To learn more about what is required to succeed as a Counseling@Northwestern student, contact the admissions team at 1-844-684-6221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.