Community Counseling mission
Students who successfully complete programs in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology will be responsive, reflective, and collaborative decision makers and who have the requisite knowledge, skills, and technological expertise to practice ethically and successfully. They will embrace the principles of democracy, diversity and equity.
Graduates will become competent Professional School Counselors.
The school counselor will be competent to:
- interpret and apply an understanding of the theory and application of developmental guidance and counseling programs.
- consult and coordinate with students, parents, and staff in utilizing school and community resources and other referrals as appropriate.
- counsel individuals, groups, and special populations in areas of physical, social, emotional, academic and personal development.
- describe and apply the societal changes and trends in providing counseling for culturally diverse populations.
- conduct counseling using various theories and techniques appropriate to the relationship between counselor and the student.
- use group dynamics and techniques to conduct classroom instruction and small group counseling sessions.
- integrate an understanding of the relationship among personal qualities, education and training, and the world of work in career development.
- administer and interpret appropriate assessment instruments.
- identify and apply best standards of practice in research and evaluation of counseling programs.
- describe and apply principles, practices, ethical and legal issues involved in school counseling.