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The mission of the University of Texas at San Antonio's Counseling Program is to prepare multiculturally competent professional counselors and counselor educators for south Texas and beyond who demonstrate the necessary counseling knowledge, skills, identity and scholarship, and for those seeking advanced studies, supervision and teaching competencies to enrich the quality of all peoples' lives. The program emphasizes creativity and diversity, as well as developmental and relational processes.


OBJECTIVES

Objectives:

Department Mission Based Student Learning Objectives (MBO):

At completion of the counseling program, students will be able to:

1) Articulate a conceptualization of client/student presenting concerns from a strength-based perspective founded on contextual factors (e.g., developmental, relational, and multicultural).

2) Describe how relational and diverse contextual factors may contribute to presenting problems.

3) Discuss how relational competencies (i.e. authenticity, mutuality, honesty, empathy) affect counselor/client/student development.

4) Describe how to creatively and effectively integrate contextual resources and client/student strengths during the counseling process.

5) Demonstrate inclusive communication when describing clients/students (e.g., using people/person first language, avoiding labeling clients/students).

6) Demonstrate the ability to convey to the client/student their counseling progress.

7) Demonstrate multicultural competencies (i.e., cross cultural knowledge, skills and attitudes) in the counseling process.


Community Counseling Objectives. In addition to the basic objectives listed above, those completing the program with an emphasis is community counseling will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of Community counseling including: roles, functions, credentialing, licensure and professional identity of community counselors;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of policies, laws, legislation, reimbursement, right-to-practice and other issues relevant to community counselors in a culturally diverse society;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the roles of the counselor in various community settings; organizational and legal dimensions of those settings; and general principles of community intervention, consultation, education and outreach;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles for diagnosis and the use of current diagnostic tools;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles and models of biopsychosocial assessment and case conceptualization in a culturally diverse society;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of program development and delivery to diverse populations, including prevention, support groups, parent education, career/occupational information and counseling, and self-help;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective strategies for promoting client understanding of and access to community resources; modalities for initiating, maintaining, and terminating counseling services with diverse populations.