The program objectives are consistent with the mission and guiding philosophy of the program. The program objectives are designed to be measurable. Core program objectives are tied to the CACREP 8 curriculum areas as well as program key performance indicators (KPIs). Specialty area objectives are tied to CACREP competencies and KPIs in the areas of school counseling and addiction counseling.
- Students will develop a strong identity as professional counselors who embrace ethical practice, advocacy, and reflection within the context of a multicultural and pluralistic society.
- Students engage in self-reflection while learning theories and models that facilitate effectively working with a diversity of clients. Students consider elements of power and privilege as they adapt their counseling practice to meet the needs of their clients.
- Students will learn how biopsychosocial factors influence development and functioning across the lifespan and integrate a developmental perspective in their counseling practice.
- Students learn the significance of career development across the lifespan. Students will learn strategies (e.g., assessment, resource identification, and advocacy) to help individuals develop a career plan and address career-related challenges.
- Students will learn theories and skills that promote a personalized approach grounded in evidence-based practice for working with clients. Students will learn common factors underlying ethical and effective counseling practice.
- Students will learn theories and processes related to group formation and facilitation in a variety of settings.
- Students will gain the knowledge needed to administer, interpret, and/or utilize assessment tools in an ethical and culturally appropriate manner to guide clinical and educational decisions.
- Students will acquire knowledge and skills related to research methodology, statistical methods, and the use of qualitative and quantitative findings to guide data-informed decision making and evaluation of counseling practice. Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice
School Cognate Objectives: Students will acquire knowledge and skills for competent practice in their counseling specialty area.
Addiction Cognate Objectives: Students will acquire knowledge and skills for competent practice in their counseling specialty area.