“Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.”
–April 2010, ACA 20/20 Delegate Assembly
The philosophical bases from which the instruction, mentorship, and applied learning within the Program in Counselor Education are derived reflects a combination of Pragmatism, Social Constructivism, and Phenomenology. The philosophical framework of the program embraces preventive, developmental, and remedial efforts as meaningful responses by counselors to the human conditions of their clients. A variety of applied approaches to the process of change is examined and encouraged within a framework of practical and realistic expectations for the process of change. However, the basic commitment to facilitating optimum development of individuals, families, and communities throughout their life-spans permeates the efforts of students and faculty alike.