Mission Statement and Program Objectives
In keeping with the Lasallian tradition, the master’s degree in Professional Clinical Counseling strives to prepare its students as professionals with the abilities and competencies requisite for the practice of professional clinical counseling. The curriculum emphasizes a conceptualization on becoming a counselor, and offers intensive studies that stress skill training and clinical preparation for licensure as a professional counselor. The training emphasizes an approach of providing mental health and human development principles to address wellness, personal growth, career development, and mental or emotional health issues. Education and training is oriented toward the adoption of a client-centered, rather than an illness-centered, approach.
- Graduates will be prepared to pass an examination acceptable for licensing by demonstrating foundational knowledge in the field of counseling including in ethics, cultural competency, systems theory, and research.
- Graduates will demonstrate clinical competency in counseling skills and delivering counseling interventions and services.
- Graduates will be prepared for employment as a counseling professional by demonstrating a commitment to their own professional development.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Counseling students will use an ethical approach with developmental and cultural sensitivity.
- Counseling students will use counseling theory to guide case conceptualization, treatment planning and clinical practice.
- Counseling students will utilize appropriate counseling techniques and interventions to maintain collaborative relationships with clients.
- Counseling students will demonstrate the ability to assess and diagnose in their clinical practice.
- Counseling students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate research relevant to their clinical practice.
- Counseling students will develop professional identities as counselors.
- Counseling students will demonstrate an understanding of oneself and professional maturity in their approach to responsibilities.
- Faculty will demonstrate sensitivity for diversity within the coursework.
- Faculty will incorporate clinical experience, counseling literature and research in their teaching.
- Faculty will incorporate CACREP Core Curricular and Clinical Mental Health Standards, and ethical practice in their teaching.
- PCC Faculty will participate in professional development in the counseling field or field related to counseling.
- PCC Faculty will participate in scholarly activities within the counseling program, department, university and community.