Students will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and personal awareness in the following core areas: human growth and development, foundations of faith-based counseling, group work, social and cultural foundations, the helping relationship, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research and program evaluation, and professional orientation and ethics.
Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith and an ability to analyze and evaluate counseling issues from that perspective.
Students will demonstrate mastery of counseling knowledge, skills, and personal awareness in practicum and internship experiences and in a counseling specialization (Marriage, Couple and Family counseling, Mental Health Counseling, or School Counseling). a. Students in the Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Program will demonstrate skills and knowledge so as to assess couple and family function and dysfunction; and join the respective relational system using interventions to create therapeutic change for the purpose of creating greater relational satisfaction within a framework of theoretical and ethical guidelines while being aware of social, cultural, sexual, and religious factors which impact the relational system in internship experiences. b. Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program will demonstrate basic mental health counseling skills and mastery of essential mental health knowledge in internship endeavors. c. Students in the School Counseling Program will demonstrate the knowledge and performance competencies to facilitate the academic, career, and social/emotional development of students through effective ethical application of counseling, consulting, coordinating, and appraising skills.
Given the array of different personal skills and abilities possessed by diverse individuals, students will select and develop a personal style of practice, supervised experiences, and professional development.