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Department of Counseling and Student Affairs
The mission of the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs is to provide graduate education, conduct research, and offer service in the fields of Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Affairs. Faculty members are committed to social action and advocacy, preparing graduates to provide highly competent and culturally aware services, providing clinical and educational experiences that meet or exceed national accreditation standards, ensuring that graduates have credentials necessary to qualify for certification and licensure, and promoting the continued education of counselors and student affairs personnel. The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs faculty are committed to educating students to apply theory, knowledge, skills, and research in culturally diverse environments and work settings locally and globally.
The Department’s goals are:
Counseling and Student Affairs Programs will provide relevant, practice-oriented programs designed to build an applied, theoretical knowledge base while assisting students in the development of professional/clinical competence in a culturally diverse society.
As part of their programs of study, students will obtain academic course work and supervised clinical experiences necessary to seek appropriate state or national credentialing in their chosen profession.
Academic and clinical education will prepare graduates with the skills desired by prospective employers.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling; and School Counseling Programs will obtain and maintain national accreditation from CACREP.
The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs will operate the Talley Family Counseling Center. Students enrolled in the Department’s Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs participating in their clinical placements at the Talley Family Counseling Center will provide counseling services to the community under faculty supervision.
The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs offers the following programs of study:
Counseling with concentrations in the following areas:
- Rank I Standard Guidance
- Certification Only (Extending the Counseling Certificate)
- Individual Intellectual Analysis (IIA) Program
- Specialist in Education Counselor Education (Ed.S.) Program