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Psychology

Mission

General Mission Statement

The Counseling Graduate Program at SUNY New Paltz trains highly skilled mental health and school counselors knowledgeable in both the practice and science of counseling. The program’s climate combines rigorous academic standards along with a collegial and supportive mentoring environment that conceptualizes students as emerging professionals. The program is committed to academic and personal development of counseling trainees within an atmosphere that values cultural and intellectual diversity. The program’s goal is to prepare mental health and school counselors who:

  • Possess the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as highly competent counselors
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and a commitment to continually expanding their counseling knowledge and proficiency
  • Understand and model the professional standards and ethics of their profession
  • Attend to their own personal growth, as well as that of their clients, through utilizing supervision, valuing interpersonal feedback, and engaging in ongoing self-evaluation
  • Show mastery of the research process and understand its central role in counseling practice and conducting program evaluation
  • Are open-minded and respectful of multicultural and intellectual diversity
  • Use their counseling knowledge to function as compassionate and caring practitioners, advocates, and leaders within their profession and within the communities they serve

Mental Health Counseling Mission Statement

In addition to the criteria outlined in the general mission statement, the mission of the Mental Health Counseling program is to produce graduates who:

  • Function as highly skilled and ethical counselors in individual, couples, and group settings
  • Demonstrate mastery of major counseling theories and skills and show the ability to utilize them therapeutically in clinical settings
  • Have strong foundational knowledge in the area of human growth and development and are able to use this knowledge to inform their therapeutic work with individuals, couples, and groups
  • Value and respect diversity and demonstrate multicultural competency working with therapy clients from diverse backgrounds
  • Show mastery of skills necessary to work therapeutically with clients who have experienced crises, disasters, and trauma
  • Possess an adjustment-oriented approach that emphasizes not only diagnosis and remediation of pathology, but also prevention, wellness, early intervention, and advocacy.

School Counseling Mission Statement

In addition to the criteria outlined in the general mission statement, the mission of the School Counseling program is to produce graduates who:

  • Function as highly skilled and ethical counselors able to work effectively in a variety of school settings with students of different ages
  • Demonstrate mastery of major counseling theories and skills and show the ability to utilize them appropriately and effectively within schools
  • Have strong foundational knowledge in the area of human growth and development and are able to use this knowledge to inform their understanding of the students with whom they work
  • Value and respect diversity and demonstrate multicultural competency working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Attend to and understand the system of teachers, parents, administrators, and community members that makes up a school setting and are able to work with these various constituencies effectively
  • Are able to utilize data to effectively assess and evaluate student academic achievement, career, and personal/social development as well as the school counseling program as it relates to their school’s broader mission
  • Possess an adjustment-oriented approach that emphasizes not only addressing administrative responsibilities of school counselors, but also their role as counselors providing intervention and advocacy in both preventative and remedial forms for the students they serve.