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The mission of the counseling program is:

Goals and Objectives of the Counseling Program

To prepare skilled practitioners with a Professional Counseling disposition through a program of planned, sequenced, educational experiences, develop in each graduate, the following:

  1. A self-concept that includes:
    • Maturity in self-understanding and self-development
    • Ability to examine personal values, their origins, and appropriateness for the counseling profession
    • Ability to develop and demonstrate a process of on-going self-examination
    • An understanding of educational and counseling processes
    • Ability to effectively communicate feelings and factual information
    • Ability to attain and maintain openness to diverse populations
  1. An attitude toward others that is characterized by the following:
    • Respect for the dignity and worth of the individual
    • Commitment to that fulfillment of the human potential
    • A high degree of sensitivity and acceptance of others’ behaviors, values, and life styles
    • Commitment to community and environmental well-being
    • Acceptance of persons with diverse cultural backgrounds, values, and lifestyles
  1. An attitude toward the profession of counseling and therapy that includes:

Knowledge, comprehension, and practice consistent with the ethical guidelines and legal aspects related to the counseling professions

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.