SMU Master of Science in Counseling Mission Statement
The mission of the SMU Program in Counseling is to prepare students with culturally sensitive knowledge and skills to practice effectively and ethically in counseling related positions in schools, agencies, private practices and mental health facilities.
The Program in Counseling provides the educational elements necessary for certification, licensure, and counseling practice. Students acquire knowledge in the disciplines underlying counseling – including education, psychology, human development, sociology, learning theory, and social change. They develop basic skills in therapy and assessment and become familiar with legal and clinical considerations confronting practitioners. Repeated practice and role-playing with feedback and strategic modification are critical to mastery of the skills and are, consequently, an essential part of the program. Successful graduates are able to pursue state licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), or Certification as School Counselors. Additional coursework, meeting the requirements to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), is also available.
Student Learning and Program Objectives
The Student Learning Objectives of the SMU M.S. in Counseling Program are to produce counselors who…
- Knowledgeably apply professional ethical and legal standards in practice, and who exercise ethical and responsible conduct in their profession.
- Integrate multicultural competence in counseling practice.
- Promote resilience, optimal development, and wellness for their clients across the lifespan.
- Recognize and skillfully navigate the intersections between mental well-being, work, relationships, and other life roles and factors.
- Possess a broad knowledge of counseling theories, and capably apply theory to practice.
- Achieve competence in clinical skills, including interviewing, counseling, and case conceptualization, in a variety of individual and group modalities.
- Demonstrate the ability to conduct assessments for diagnosis and intervention planning purposes.
- Comprehend research findings and their implications for practice.
- Achieve and maintain a strong counselor identity through affiliation and engagement with professional organizations and professional service.
The Program Objectives of the SMU Counseling Program are to…
- Prepare and equip graduates with the knowledge base and skill set necessary to pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE).
- Maintain or increase the number of prospective student applications each year, with the aim of recruiting and enrolling well-qualified applicants.
- Cultivate a cohesive, programmatic counselor identity among faculty through professional organization involvement, professional service, publications, presentations, and outreach.
As responsible feedback to SMU Program in Counseling stakeholders, students, the professional community, and CACREP, the following statistical summaries are offered for review. Review and feedback, both formative and summative, is essential to inform program direction and to aid in continuing policies or formulating new strategies for continuous improvement. SMU Program in Counseling is grateful for the support of the university at large, the Simmons School of Education and Human Development, students and their families, and the community clients who have honored us with their trust for the past years. Data is reported in tables, graphics, and narrative and is obtained from official reports, program data, and student self-report. We welcome comments and inquiries about these statistics which may be addressed to Dr. Edita Ruzgyte at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Maggie Keeling at email@example.com.