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Comprehensive Assessment Report 2013

The Department of Professional Counseling

Since its inception in 1962, the Department of Professional Counseling program has educated counselors for school, community, and higher education settings. In the mid 1970s, three distinct emphases were developed, each sharing a common core of courses in addition to specialized courses.


The Master of Science in Education-Counseling degree is designed to be the strong foundation upon which graduates enter a lifetime career in the helping professions. This program prepares counselors to respond to the multitude of changes in society, client needs, and to the ever-expanding counseling profession. In addition to knowledge and experience in the following common, core areas, graduates also have specialized knowledge and skills as identified in the objectives of the Clinical Mental Health, School, and Student Affairs and College Counseling majors.

VISION STATEMENT

To promote intellectually and clinically rigorous graduate studies dedicated to the development of highly skilled counseling professionals whose advocacy, leadership, and professional practice influence education and mental health services in a global society.


MISSION STATEMENT
Our purpose is to develop highly knowledgeable, skilled, and competent professional counselors within a climate and curriculum that aligns with the CACREP standards of practice, with emphasis on advocacy, social justice, and service throughout the education and training of clinical mental health, school, and student affairs and college counselors.


PROGRAM GOALS
Graduate studies in the Department of Professional Counseling exposes graduate students to:

  1. professional orientation and ethics within the development of a professional identity and professional functioning;
  2. the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society, with emphasis on privilege, social justice and the role of advocacy in a multicultural and diverse society;
  3. human growth and development theory, and the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts;
  4. career development theory, and the role of career within the context of human development and related life factors within a multicultural society;
  5. the counseling and consultation process in a multicultural society, with emphasis on prevention, wellness, systems, and developing effective counselor characteristics;
  6. both theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society;
  7. individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society; and
  8. research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, program evaluation, and evidence-based, data-driven practices.
 

OBJECTIVES
Students in the Professional Counseling Program will demonstrate: 
an applied understanding of professional orientation and ethics within the development of a professional identity and professional functioning;

  1. an applied understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society, with emphasis on privilege, social justice and the role of advocacy in a multicultural and diverse society;
  2. an applied understanding of human growth and development theory, and the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts;
  3. an applied understanding of career development theory, and the role of career within the context of human development and related life factors within a multicultural society;
  4. an applied understanding of the counseling and consultation process in a multicultural society, with emphasis on prevention, wellness, systems, and developing effective counselor characteristics;
  5. an applied understanding of both theoretical and experiential purposes of group work, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society;
  6. an applied understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society; and
  7. an applied understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, program evaluation, and evidence-based, data-driven practices.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to demonstrate through:

  1. course assignments, professional dispositions, and clinical experiences, an integrated understanding of professional orientation and ethics within the development of a professional identity and professional functioning;
  2. course assignments, professional dispositions, and clinical experiences, an integrated understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society, with emphasis on privilege, social justice and the role of advocacy in a multicultural and diverse society;
  3. course assignments, professional dispositions, and skill and clinical experiences, an integrated understanding of human growth and development theory, and the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts;
  4. course assignments, professional dispositions, and skill and clinical experiences, an integrated understanding of career development theory, and the role of career within the context of human development and related life factors within a multicultural society;
  5. course assignments, professional dispositions, and skill and clinical experiences, an integrated understanding of the counseling and consultation process in a multicultural society, with emphasis on prevention, wellness, systems, and developing effective counselor characteristics;
  6. course assignments, professional dispositions, and skill and clinical experiences, an integrated understanding of both theoretical and experiential purposes of group work, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society;
  7. course assignments, professional dispositions, and skill and clinical experiences, an integrated understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society; and
  8. course assignments, professional dispositions, and skill and clinical experiences, an integrated understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, program evaluation, and evidence-based, data-driven practices.
 

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