The Mission of the CSU Counselor Education Programs
The Nationally Accredited Counselor Education Programs at Columbus State University are preparing professional mental health counselors and school counselors who are committed to providing culturally competent counseling services that enhance the mental health and well-being of children, adolescents, families, groups and couples across the lifespan and to advocate on behalf of our clients and our profession. The program is committed to academic and clinical excellence through educating counselors to be leader-practitioners.
Counselor Education Program Objectives
1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the role and functions of the professional mental health counselor and the school counselor by proficiency in counseling, interpersonal relationships, development, prevention and intervention including proficiency in issues of diversity, advocacy and counseling theories and change strategies.
2. Demonstrate a professional counselor identity that values a developmental, ethical, strengths-based, wellness approach to helping clients enhance their quality of life and demonstrate an understanding of theory and practice across the lifespan with a proficiency in multicultural competence and social justice through increasing self-awareness and respect for human dignity and diversity.
3. Demonstrate as a clinical mental health counselor the role and functions of the professional mental health counselor regarding the provision of mental health treatment services in interpersonal relationships, development, and prevention and in assessment, research, evaluation group therapy, program and clinical evaluation, clinical diagnosis, crisis response and treatment outcomes.
4. Demonstrate as a school counselor the role and functions of the school counselor regarding the mastery and application of the content knowledge in social/emotional development and career preparedness, advocacy for equitable and responsive classroom guidance for the promotion of academic success for P-12 students and implementation of a comprehensive school counseling plan that promotes wellness and support student needs.
Masters in School Counseling: The department also offers the Master of Education in School Counseling degree. This degree program has received national accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).