Mission and Objectives
The mission of the Department of Counselor Education is to educate counseling students including those from diverse academic, geographic, religious/spiritual, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, preparing them to accept and demonstrate their professional counseling responsibilities with distinction. Students learn to behave ethically, become aware of their personal strengths and resiliency, as well as their professional counseling responsibilities in an effort to apply these skills and self-knowledge to a culturally diverse clientele.
Based on the mission of the department, the following goals were developed:
- To provide students with the most comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge and skills in the field of counseling.
- To prepare students by exposing them to practical experiences in counseling settings.
- To expose students to a variety of different developmental, ethnic, and cultural groups and to prepare them to work with culturally diverse populations.
- To develop an awareness of ethical, legal and spiritual factors in counseling.
- To provide opportunities which impress students with the needs for continuing personal and professional growth.
The objectives of the department are accessed through the following experiences:
- Ethically informed professional identity
- Awareness of personal strengths and resiliency
- Appreciation of diverse cultures
- Critical thinking and creative expression
- Efficacious commitment to professional and community service
CACREP Core Curricula
The following list identifies the eight CACREP "core curricula" areas and the courses in the department which serve to fulfill those respective standards:
- Professional Identity
- Social and Cultural Diversity
- Human Growth and Development
- Career Development
- Helping Relationships
- Group Dynamics
- Research and Program Evaluation
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Program: Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
This program is designed to train therapists for positions as a mental health counselor in community, state, federal and private social service agencies and for employee assistance program positions in business and industry. Graduates are prepared to provide such services as child, youth, couple, family, employment, health, multicultural, gerontological, substance abuse and/or well new counseling. Students who complete the program are eligible to take the examination of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and to become members of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA). After completing two years of postgraduate supervised experience, students may be eligible for clinical membership in the NBCC's Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors and for licensure in Florida as mental health counselors.
Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling
Program: Master of Science in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling
This program prepares students for careers as counselors in marriage, couple and family counseling in public and private social service agencies, hospitals, churches, businesses and independent practice settings. Students who complete the program are eligible to take the examination of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and to become members of the International Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (I.A.M.F.C.). After completing two years of post-graduate supervised professional experience, students may be eligible for clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage Family Therapy (AAMFT) and for licensure in Florida as marriage and family therapists.
Program: Master of Science in School Counseling
This program prepares school counselors for positions in public or private elementary, middle or secondary schools. The program is systemically-oriented and designed to promote a family strength-focused approach and collaborative assessment and intervention model between parents, children and the school system. This program is intended to enable graduates to obtain Florida Department of Education certification in school counseling. Students who complete the program are eligible to take the examination of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and to become members of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).
The school counseling program supports the principle of circular causality which maintains that problems are not the result of a cause-and-effect process; rather that problematic behavior results from mistaken interaction patterns among parents, children and teachers. Brief intervention models provided by school counselors can assist a systematic-based diagnosis and offer interventions designed to promote positive parent, child and teacher child interactions in a non-blaming and supportive manner.