Students experience a transformational learning environment that honors the power of relationships and the importance of self-reflection and intentional personal growth promoting well-being contributing to effective counseling in service to and for others.
Students understand, identify, and develop strategies for working with clients at different developmental stages, including understanding how addiction, trauma, and developmental concerns impact the client and process of human growth and development.
Students understand career development dynamics and incorporate this knowledge into work with clients across all cultures, stages of development, and levels of care.
Students understand the impact of culture, including their own, on the counseling process and are able to act within the expectations of Multicultural and Social Justice Competencies.
With respect for and healthy collaboration with other professionals, students adopt the professional identity of a counselor and practice as such, including following and knowing the ACA Code of Ethics, state legal codes, reporting and referral processes, and the roles and functions of a professional counselor.
Students understand group counseling dynamics and are able to facilitate various types of groups using appropriate and relevant group facilitation skills to create transformational experiences in serving clients.
Students intentionally, creatively, and effectively use essential counseling and interviewing skills in working with clients from various cultures and backgrounds.
Students are able to incorporate theoretical understanding into work with clients, including using techniques and interventions, conceptualization, and developing a personal understanding of their own theoretical approach.
Students understand assessment process in counseling and intentionally and effectively utilize appropriate assessments for a variety of reasons across a variety of settings.
Students are effective consumers of research and understand how to intentionally apply research to the counseling process.