The mission of the Counseling Program is to educate students to help them develop into counselors and related professionals who are sensitive to the impacts of human development, culture, and context upon students and consumers of counseling services; who are caring and compassionate counselors and people; who are self-reflective; who promote opportunity and social justice for the impoverished urban and rural populations mainly within northeast Ohio; and, who are committed to empowering consumers of counseling services to thrive, and to achieve their fullest potential.
The Counseling Program advocates equality of opportunity for all persons. The curriculum and all educational experiences are designed to educate counselors in understanding and applying various counseling methods and techniques to aid a multicultural and diverse population with psychological, educational, vocational, and personal concerns. The Counseling Program fosters a learning environment that is challenging for both personal and professional development, humane in its emphasis upon respect for the dignity and worth of the individual, and realistic through its emphasis upon integration of academic, clinical, and field-based learning.
Program faculty are involved in scholarship, and university, professional, and community service, and to use those involvements to mentor students, to enhance students’ learning experiences, to serve the community, the counseling profession, and consumers of counseling services who reside in northeast Ohio.