We are practicing social distancing measures for the Spring 2021 semester.  The HPC Office will be staffed from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, while classes are in session. If the office is closed during these times, please email hdpc@appstate.edu; leave a voicemail at 828-262-2055; or use the contact information listed below. 

Amy Milsom, Department Chair:  milsomas@appstate.edu
Margaret Hardin, Student Support Services:  hardinmp@appstate.edu
Meredith Kitson, Faculty Support Services:  kitsonmc@appstate.edu
Mark Schwarze, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Director:  schwarzem@appstate.edu
Kristen Benson, Marriage and Family Therapy Program Director:  bensonke@appstate.edu
Jill Van Horne, Professional School Counseling Program Director:  vanhornejw@appstate.edu
Diane Waryold, Student Affairs Administration Program Director:  waryolddm@appstate.edu

A full departmental contact list can be found here.

Welcome to Human Development & Psychological Counseling

The Department of Human Development & Psychological Counseling is responsible for organizing and providing instructional programs that prepare students for human services positions in K-12 schools, colleges/universities, and mental health agencies.

The department offers courses of instruction leading to a Master of Arts degree with these majors:

  1. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare counselors and other helping professionals to work in a wide variety of human service agencies (including mental health centers, social service agencies, employment and rehabilitation centers, business and industry employee assistance programs, etc.). Various specialized course emphases are available. 
  2. The Professional School Counseling program (K-12) is designed to meet state licensure requirements and to prepare counselors for elementary, middle, and secondary schools. 
  3. The Student Affairs Administration program is designed to prepare college student development (student personnel/student affairs) specialists to work in a post-secondary educational setting (universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, two-year private colleges, and technical institutes/colleges). Approved concentrations are College Outdoor Program Administration and Student Affairs Practice. 
  4. The Marriage and Family Therapy program is designed to meet the need for advanced preparation of marriage and family therapists who work with families in a wide variety of work settings.

Undergraduate Minor in Leadership Studies

In collaboration with the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling offers an undergraduate minor in Leadership Studies. Information about the minor in Leadership Studies may be found at http://leadershipstudies.appstate.edu/pagesmith/5


The programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) and Professional School Counseling (M.A.), are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination offered by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC) with successful completion qualifying the individual to become a National Certified Counselor. The Professional School Counseling program also is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Approved to Continuing Education Provider NBCCContinuing Education

Each year the HPC Department will sponsor various professional development workshops for graduate students as well as professional counselors and therapists. Continuing education credit will be made available for some of these workshops.

Appalachian State University-Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 3301. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Appalachian State University-Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.