Mission & Values
The mission of the Master's Program in Counselor Education is to prepare interpersonally skilled and culturally competent professional counselors who facilitate the personal-social, academic, and career growth of those they serve as well as assist their student clientele address complex, interpersonal, vocational and emotional adjustment problems.
School Counseling Program Objectives
The USF Counselor Education program is not presently accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) but is currently in the process of seeking accreditation.
The objectives of the School Counseling program at The University of South Florida are:
- To prepare students with the knowledge and skills associated with the eight-core areas
identified by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). These eight core areas are:
- Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice
- Social and Cultural Diversity
- Human Growth and Development
- Career Development
- Counseling and Helping Relationships
- Group Counseling and Group Work
- Research and Program Evaluation
- To prepare students with the knowledge and skills to effectively implement and develop
comprehensive school counseling programs within k-12 schools, including direct and
indirect services to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development
- To prepare students to identify and serve as professional school counselors, advocates, and leaders who display an appropriate level of self-awareness, sensitivity to others, and the ability to relate to and counsel a diverse group of students
Values of the Program
The values of the Counselor Education Program are consistent with the values promoted by the University of South Florida. These values are:
- Excellence in teaching, research, service, and support activities.
- Free exchange of ideas in the spirit of academic freedom and professional responsibility.
- Contributions to the greater understanding and resolution of societal problems.
- An open and trusting environment where individuals can expect ethical treatment and civility in all interactions.
- Human diversity, pluralism, and community.
- Shared governance, teamwork, and collaboration in decision-making.
- Personal commitment and contribution to the university's greater good.
- Individual growth and development.
The School Counseling program at The University of South Florida will evaluate program success in achieving its objectives by measuring the following key performance indicators:
|Program Objectives||Key Performance Indicators|
1. Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice
2. Social and Cultural Diversity
|3. Human Growth and Development||
|4. Career Development||
|5. Counseling and Helping Relationships||
|6. Group Counseling and Group Work||
|7. Assessment and Testing||
|8. Research and Program Evaluation||
|9. Comprehensive School Counseling||