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The mission of the counseling program is to create a supportive and collaborative learning environment for students from diverse cultures and academic backgrounds, and help them acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills essential in the practice of counseling whether it be in a clinical, school, or addiction-related setting. Our hope is to work with students from all over the United States and contribute to the growing need of mental health and school services in their area.


Goals and Objectives

The Counseling faculty prepare skilled practitioners with a Professional Counseling identity through a program of planned, sequenced, and educational experiences. Through this process, graduate students learn to assess, diagnose, and treat mental, emotional, developmental, and substance use disorders using individual, group, and couples/families approaches that are ethical and inclusive. In addition, the Counseling faculty work to instill in their students a self-reflective mindset that embraces maturity, openness, respect, and acceptance for their clients, colleagues, and members of their community for the betterment of society.   


Program Review

Every year program faculty members assess and evaluate the statement of purpose and objectives for their respective programs. Statements of purpose and objectives guide the application of the curriculum.

In the program assessment and evaluation process, faculty members consider feedback from advisory groups, recent graduates of the programs, current students, and internship site supervisors. Acquired information is considered along with accreditation standards by regional and professional accrediting bodies, public policy changes that occur in the state of Louisiana or at the federal level that impact the profession, shifts in the field of practice as we know it, and new research findings pertinent to the profession. Information thus acquired is integrated into the curricula as appropriate.