Counseling Program Objectives

"I feel that the faculty cohesiveness at Marywood is very strong and this helps provide the students with a sense of unified support. This also modeled for the students how to work together as a team in an effective manner."

-2014 graduate

  1. To exhibit ethical professional behavior, skills, and attitudes consistent with the ACA and its affiliate standards in order to assume the role of professional counselors in school and mental health counseling settings.
  2. To acquire sufficient knowledge and skills to effectively provide individual, group, and family counseling to meet the various concerns of multiculturally diverse populations in mental health and school settings.
  3. To exhibit professional leadership and advocacy skills necessary to serve as effective agents of change and advance the cause of diverse and underrepresented groups. Likewise, to develop a mastery of consultation skills and the ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary collaborations.
  4. To acquire a comprehensive knowledge base of research principles in order to be consumers and producers of quality research. Further, to integrate current empirical information to reform and refine all aspects of the professional counselor.
  5. To demonstrate the willingness and capacity for introspection, self-reflection, self-evaluation, and to form effective helping relationships with diverse individuals and groups.

CAEP Diversity Standards

  1. Understand diversity and why it is important
  2. Reflect on how counselor actions contribute to student behavior
  3. View differences as positive and constructive
  4. Develop authentic relationships with students
  5. Encourage positive interactions among all students
  6. Understand the diversity of the classroom environment and how it affects students
  7. Display tangible evidence of caring and trust
  8. Hold high expectations for all students
  9. Utilize non-judgmental and respectful communication with students
  10. Integrate literature and resources from students’ cultures into lessons
  11. Highlight differences in a positive way
  12. Provide opportunities for parents to participate in classroom instructional activities
  13. Encourage peer interactions
  14. Vary activities and instruction to address students learning styles
  15. Understand how situations related to health, poverty, dress, and so forth may influence behavior