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COUNSELING PROGRAM MISSION

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.


School Counseling Objectives. In addition to the basic objectives previously listed, those completing the program with an emphasis in school counseling will:

  • Students will demonstrate the competencies required to work with all students K-12 individually or in groups to address their personal, social, academic, and career concerns.
  • Students will demonstrate consultative and coordinating competencies required to work with parents, educators, other professionals, and community stakeholders collaboratively to address the developmental needs of all students.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the role and function of the professional school counselor, including professional standards and behaviors as described in Texas Education Agency’s Comprehensive and Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program and the American School Counselor Association’s National Standards for School Counselors.
  • Students will demonstrate the competencies necessary to conduct research and use assessment data in order to develop, implement, and maintain a data-driven comprehensive and developmental guidance program.