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Program Purposes, Philosophy, and Objectives


This program seeks to prepare excellent counselors who choose an emphasis for special preparation in college, mental health or school settings. Such counselors possess knowledge of human behavior and social systems, counseling and communication skills, self-awareness, and respect for human dignity and diversity. As a result, they are able to integrate this knowledge, skill and attitude with their personhood. This combined emphasis on skill development, theory and utilization of self produces counselors who function effectively in a variety of helping settings and who have a positive impact on the individuals, agencies, institutions and/or communities in which they work.

The philosophy of the program emphasizes the personhood of the counselor and utilization of self as the most important instruments in effecting therapeutic and systemic change. Thus, classroom instruction combines experiential (self) and didactic learning to create  opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and understanding and utilization of self necessary to be effective counselors. Further, the program exposes students to multiple theoretical orientations. Finally, students are expected to learn how to learn, by acquiring the skills necessary to continue personal growth and professional development while in the program and after the completion of their formal education.


Students realize the above statement of purposes and philosophical beliefs through successful
achievement of the following objectives. At the completion of the MSEd in Counseling and the MS in Mental Health Counseling programs, students will be able to: 

Goal I:

Develop Self Awareness and Understanding

Goal II:

Develop a Scholar/Practitioner Identity

Goal III:

Become a Competent Professional Counselor

Understand and demonstrate the relationship between self-awareness and counselor effectiveness in the practice of professional counseling.

Understand and apply measurement and evaluation concepts within the counseling process.

Provide effective individual counseling.

Engage in an ongoing practice of self-care and life-balance skills

Conduct   needs   assessment,   research,   and program evaluation in the field of counseling.

Provide effective group counseling.

Recognize boundaries of competence.

Understand the counseling community, the roles and functions of the professional counselor in a variety of settings, significant professional organizations, and the importance of professional standards and credentialing.

Demonstrate competence in professional counselor functions identified for appropriate employment settings.

Be non-judgmental and respectful of diversity.

Contribute to the counseling profession (e. g., development of innovative programs and practices, deliver professional presentations, and represent the counseling perspective in collaborative environments).

Address effectively issues and concerns related to a diverse society that arise while functioning as a counselor.

Apply critical thinking skills as related to assumptions about self and others.

Develop a professional counselor identity.

Apply legal and ethical principles in the practice of counseling.


Develop an identity as a scholar practitioner.

Consult effectively with appropriate personnel and clients.

Develop competence in action research.

Address issues of career development and work life issues in the practice of counseling.

Develop a sense of responsibility to solve real problems through research.

Apply an understanding of human growth and development from childhood through adulthood to the practice of counseling.

Apply critical thinking skills as related to the practice of counseling research.

Be an effective team member.

Develop the ability to articulate what it means to be a counselor.

Demonstrate advocacy as a skill for clients and the profession.


Exhibit knowledge of and appropriate application of ACA Code of Ethics and appropriate federal and state laws.

Provide culturally Competent Individual Counseling.

Provide culturally competent group counseling.

Demonstrate non-verbal, oral, and written communication skills.

Demonstrate assessment, evaluation, and treatment skills.

Understand and apply diagnostic processes.

Demonstrate an ability to develop effective relationships.

Apply critical thinking skills in the practice of counseling.

Apply consultation theory and practice.

Develop knowledge of supervision practice.

Balance systemic expectations with professional expectations.


Last Updated 1/8/14