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Counseling Programs

Consistent with the purpose of the University, the department seeks to provide maximum opportunity for the advancement of knowledge in Behavioral Studies and Educational Leadership. Consistent with the College's conceptual framework, the department is committed to teaching, research and service, and feels a responsibility to further humanize and liberalize students with whom it has contact, with a view toward advancing best practices in mental health, critical thinking skills, diversity consciousness, and a global perspective. Our primary purpose is to serve the educational needs of a clientele that is ethnically sensitive to the social and economic woes affecting all people, but especially the African-American population. Curricula are developed, continuously evaluated and redesigned to foster concepts and ideas that produce professional counselors who can:

  1. Apply knowledge from the study of educational philosophy, ethnic groups, sexism, urban and rural societies, cultural mores, and guidance principles to the practice of counseling; 
  2. Demonstrate skills in selection and administration of instrument and observational procedures for assisting intelligence, vocational interest and aptitude, achievement, personality, social and personal skills individual and group behavior, study skills, attitudes and values, and interpretation of the results with a view toward making clinical diagnoses consistent with the most current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual;
  3. Apply skills in the therapeutic counseling of individuals from diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial groups with varied personal, educational, and vocational needs;
  4. Demonstrate skills in facilitating group interaction and communication via group counseling and therapy activities for goal-directed personal, interpersonal educational career development;
  5. Demonstrate skills in developing programs of personal, social, and academic growth that are in keeping with theories of human growth and development;
  6. Apply skills in developing and maintaining a career educational information center and provide vocational counseling based on vocational and career development theories;
  7. Apply skills in conducting and using research;
  8. Apply skills utilizing the results of research in developing a comprehensive counseling program; and 
  9. Explain the goals and objectives of professional organizations, describe codes of ethics, and develop refinement in the role identity of the counselor.