COE: Minor: Counseling and Human Services Minor
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Thank you for your interest in the Counseling and Human Services minor. Students completing this minor will understand careers in counseling and other human service-related fields and assess their fit for those careers, gain awareness of communication and listening skills required of helping professionals, and appreciate important systemic considerations in mental health work. This minor will help students conceptualize the strengths and needs of diverse individuals and communities, the impact of their own intersecting identities on their interactions with other people, and how to communicate with others using skills in empathy, active listening, and conflict resolution.

The minor in counseling is open to any undergraduate student at UMSL. It is especially relevant for students majoring in the social sciences or any other field requiring strong communication skills and awareness of cultural diversity and advocacy. Additionally, students can take any of the undergraduate CNS ED classes in the minor without being enrolled in the minor.

The focus of the program is on academic preparation, not clinical practice. Students in this minor will be trained and positioned to work in bachelor’s-level mental health service positions. This minor would offer strong preparation to help students be successful in counseling master’s programs or to work or study in other helping professions such as psychology or social work.


Contact Advisor:

Ellen Duncan

201 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5932

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Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D.

Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D., received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the UMSL faculty in 2001, she taught psychology at Drake University (89-93) and Texas Tech University (93-01). She is...
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So Rin Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. So Rin Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. She holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Kim is a national certified counselor and has worked as a clinical mental health counselor and career counselor both...
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Yuima Mizutani, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor

Dr. Yuima Mizutani(She/Her/Hers) is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from J.F. Oberlin University in Japan and her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Missouri, St. Louis  After finishing h...
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Phillip Waalkes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Phillip Waalkes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. He received his bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from Hope College and his Master's in School Counseling from Western Carolina University. After working for about 5 years as a school counselor in a rural K-12 school, he ob...