Mission & Goals
The Department of Counseling prepares Master’s and Doctoral level professional mental health counselors, school counselors, rehabilitation counselors, and counselor educators and supervisors to become highly skilled, ethical, and compassionate mental health professionals grounded in a commitment to social justice. Emphasis is placed on the client-counselor relationship, creative and experiential modalities, and a thorough understanding of mental health issues across the lifespan. The curriculum reflects multiple theoretical perspectives with guidance to support students in developing their own framework for community and clinical practice.
The four Counseling programs; Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Master’s of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, Master’s of Science in School Counseling, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision emphasize the client-counselor relationship, creative and experiential modalities in counseling practice, a thorough understanding of mental health issues across the lifespan, and a curriculum that reflects multiple theoretical perspectives with guidance to support students in developing their own theoretical framework for community and clinical practice and supervision.
The Department’s Outcomes
Students will develop:
- Knowledge in the eight common core curricular experiences identified in CACREP standards. These include: professional orientation and ethical practice, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, group work, assessment, helping relationships, research and program evaluation, and career development.
- Skills in therapeutic communications and counseling, emphasize the client-counselor relationship, and facilitate and manage the counseling process with individuals, families, and groups.
- Understanding of the practice of ethics, and professional identity in counseling.
- Understanding and skills in the use of research, assessment and program evaluation to inform clinical practice.
- Knowledge of the role of supervision in counselor practice.