The mission of the program is to support the professional and personal development of mental health counselors within a scientist-practitioner model.
Our vision is to teach and research from a sound knowledge base; affirm diversity of ideas, values and persons; uphold the highest of ethical principles in professional conduct; and maintain partnerships with institutions and communities within the region. We strongly advocate participation in state and national counseling organizations. We support the professional development of students through the program's adherence to the standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Program Objectives. Classes and experiences in the program provide knowledge, skills, and competencies which will allow graduates to:
- Solidify their professional identity as a mental health counselor.
- Appreciate that advances in knowledge, skills and technology within the profession require life-long continuing education.
- View human behavior, problems, and concerns from a perspective of human growth and development.
- Utilize career assessment techniques and theoretically-based approaches to career counseling and guidance.
- Develop Mental Health Counseling expertise through supervised practica training in a clinical setting and a 600-hour full-time internship.
- Utilize principles of group dynamics and group facilitation skills through coursework, practica, and opportunities to participate in group experiences as a group member.
- Affirm the significance, value, and uniqueness of all clients, especially those from marginalized ethnic, religious, gender, physical ability, sexuality, and economic groups.
- Use measurement and evaluation procedures appropriate to the counseling profession.
- Use research and program evaluation to guide and evaluate their counseling practice.
- Work in a full range of Mental Health Counseling services that involve counseling, human development, learning theory, and group dynamics to help individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children in a variety of settings.
- Be knowledgeable, ethical, and skilled in their selected fields; flexible and comprehensive in their approach; adaptable to the needs of the people they serve; and effective in meeting those needs.