The mission of the Counselor Education Program is to train prospective school and mental health counselors for the new century as agents of change, who have the ability to assess, develop, implement, and sustain up-to-date counseling initiatives that are representative of a multicultural and pluralistic society. We support our students as they become critical thinkers, innovative practitioners, and leaders in the counseling profession and in their particular specializations. We promote the following ideas:
· Excellence in ethical practice in teaching, clinical practice and service.
· Free exchange of human and cultural richness for a global society.
· Contributions to the greater understanding of values to promote the well-being of all people.
· Promote a climate of social justice through self-awareness of self and others.
· Ensure our identity as professional counselors maintained by CACREP 2016 accreditation standards.
PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Criteria for awarding the degree require that candidates demonstrate the following program goals (applicable and other program objectives are found on each course syllabus). The learner will be able to:
· Define and give examples of the philosophical, sociological, career and political implications of cultural features in personal social relationships.
· Recognize the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels.
· Articulate concepts underlying the dynamics of contemporary social issues especially as they affect personal development.
· Effectively utilize evidenced based practices to establish and maintain rapport, and developing treatment plans for clients in the counseling setting.
· Demonstrate ability to explain and critique research including problem identification, objectives, hypotheses, method and design, implications and conclusions.
· Select and apply a range of appraisal techniques appropriate for varied clientele.
· Utilize group dynamics in a variety of settings with diverse groups to promote cognitive/ emotional growth.
· Provide information and resources to individuals and groups during the decision-making processes regarding career development and educational/occupational choices.
· Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of program development including rationale, needs assessment, objectives, implementation strategies and program evaluation procedures.
· Apply ethical standards and legal mandates in personal and professional relationships and practices.
· Confer knowledgeably with candidates, parents, teachers, administrators.
· Meet all requirements for Florida Certification in School Counseling and licensure eligibility as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
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