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Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The mission of the Counselor Education Department is to provide high quality training and curricular experiences to masters-level graduate students in counseling, leading to eligibility for certification and licensure as professional counselors. We train academically-grounded and clinically-skilled generalist counselors who are competent to work with diverse clients and in a variety of settings, with special emphasis on issues that emerge in a diverse metropolitan environment. Along with a common curriculum that supports generalist counselor preparation, the Counselor Education Department honors and supports learning associated with four programs: (a) Clinical Mental Health Counseling, (b) Marital, Couple and Family Counseling, (c) Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, and (d) School Counseling. We are also committed to providing initial and ongoing training in the form of specialty certificates and continuing education, including graduate certifications in (a) Addictions Counseling and (b) Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling. We support our students as they become critical thinkers, innovative practitioners, and leaders in the counseling profession and in their particular specializations. The Counselor Education mission statement reflects the following Guiding Principles of the Graduate School of Education.


Guiding Principles

  1. We create and sustain educational environments that serve all students and address diverse needs.
  2. We encourage and model exemplary programs and practices across the life span.
  3. We build our programs on the human and cultural richness of the University’s urban setting.
  4. We develop collaborative efforts that foster our mission.
  5. We challenge assumptions about our practice and accept the risks inherent in following our convictions.
  6. We develop our programs to promote social justice, especially for groups that have been historically disenfranchised.
  7. We strive to understand the relationships among culture, curriculum, and practice, and the long-term implications for ecological sustainability.
  8. We model thoughtful inquiry as a basis for sound decision-making.