Mission Statement

Counseling and Counselor Education Programs

The Counseling and Counselor Education Program at the University of New Orleans has been recognized by the University as a Program of Distinction. The program prepares exemplary graduates to serve in a variety of positions in community mental health and school settings (master’s level) and as counselor educators, supervisors, administrators, and researchers (doctoral level).

We establish expectations for a rigorous intellectual climate and provide a supportive environment for a diverse student body to grow and develop personally, interpersonally, clinically, and professionally. We prepare graduates who

  • Possess a clear and consistent awareness of themselves and their impact on others
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to practice effectively and ethically
  • Excel as practitioners and practice life-long learning
  • Provide leadership to the community and advocate on behalf of clients and their communities
  • Value professional integrity and diligence
  • Commit to compassionate service to humanity and foster the growth, development, and wellness of individuals and communities at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Goals and Objectives

We establish expectations for a rigorous intellectual climate and provide a supportive environment for a diverse student body to grow and develop personally, interpersonally, clinically, and professionally. We prepare graduates who

Possess a clear and consistent awareness of themselves and their impact on others

  1. Function as a community of learners in an environment that promotes collegial relationships among faculty and students
  2. Enable students to develop to their fullest potential through a teaching/learning process that challenges students personally, interpersonally, intellectually, and professionally
  3. Promote personal and professional growth by providing experiences that encourage self-examination, self-reflection, and openness to the perspectives of others
  4. Emphasize the appreciation of similarities and differences of others 

Acquire knowledge and skills to practice effectively and ethically

  1. Educate students to be skilled and competent practitioners, educators, and supervisors who espouse a strong professional identity as counselors
  2. Ensure excellence in curricular experiences in all eight common core areas of professional identity, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, assessment, and research and program evaluation
  3. Present current and diverse theories so that students are able to develop personal models of counseling and consultation
  4. Teach the use of technology to obtain, evaluate, and utilize data to enhance and inform the practice of professional counseling
  5. Encourage habits of mind that are open to new ideas, accept feedback from others, evaluate evidence, appreciate the perspectives of others, accept complexity, and pursue truth
  6. Instill an understanding of ethical, legal, and professional issues in counseling and a commitment to aspiring to best practice
  7. Prepare students to work effectively with diverse populations

Excel as practitioners and practice life-long learning

  1. Provide a carefully planned sequence of clinical experiences to help students develop and master counseling skills
  2. Provide field experiences that include experiences in supervised practice of counseling individuals, groups, and families
  3. Offer formative and summative evaluations of development of professional skills that provide a balance of challenge and support
  4. Encourage the integration of personal and interpersonal awareness, knowledge, and skills
  5. Encourage lifelong learning and professional development and offer workshops and seminars that provide such opportunities

Provide leadership to the community and advocate on behalf of their clients and their communities

  1. Encourage students to become actively involved in professional organizations such as the American Counseling Association and its divisions and the Louisiana Counseling Association and its divisions
  2. Promote the value of joining and participating in Chi Sigma Iota
  3. Encourage students to attend professional conferences and provide opportunities for students to conduct research and to co-present with faculty at professional conferences
  4. Teach the principles of social justice and advocacy and provide opportunities for students to practice advocacy in the community
  5. Illustrate by faculty example the value and importance of advocacy and leadership in professional organizations and in school and community settings

Value professional integrity and diligence

  1. Model ethical practice and continuous pursuit of knowedge
  2. Emphasize the necessity of ethical practice, constantly seeking new information and keeping up-to-date with developments in the field, and using an evidence based conceptual framework to guide work with clients

Commit to the compassionate service of humanity and foster the growth, development, and wellness of individuals and communities at the local, state, national, and international levels

  1. Produce counselors who believe in the potential and worth of all human beings and who are committed to removing barriers that impede these potentials
  2. Teach and reinforce the importance of advocacy and social justice