M.S. in Psychological Science

CACREP Professional Identity Standard

SUNY New Paltz Counselor Education Program Objectives

Professional Orientation and Identity
To prepare counselors who are knowledgeable about the philosophy, history, and current and future trends in the counseling profession.
Social and Cultural Diversity
To train counselors who can recognize, understand, and respond to social and cultural differences and change in society.
Human Growth and Development
To train counselors who have a foundation for understanding of human behavior and development.
To prepare counselors who are able to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate counseling interventions and programs.
Career Development
To prepare counselors who are knowledgeable and skilled in helping clients make life and career decisions.
Helping Relationships
To train counselors who are knowledgeable and skilled in the helping/counseling process.
To prepare counselors who are able to apply knowledge, theory, and skills to work effectively with clients in a variety of modalities (individual, group, family) and to use crisis intervention, brief counseling, and long-term approaches.
Group Work
To train counselors who are knowledgeable and skilled in providing group counseling.
Assessment
To prepare counselors who are knowledgeable and skilled in gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data about individuals.
To prepare counselors who are knowledgeable and skilled in the use of assessment techniques, including diagnosis, with individuals and groups.
Research and Program Evaluation
To prepare counselors who are knowledgeable about research and program evaluation.
To prepare counselors who are able to read, critique, utilize and contribute to professional research literature and who are able to engage in program evaluation.
Program Area Standards
To prepare counselors who meet additional curricular objectives for their specialization area in the areas of service, prevention, treatment, referral, and program management.
Professional Practice Standards
Develop, through supervised practicum and internship experiences, and integration of the knowledge and skills needed to be successful as practicing counselors.
Personal Growth and Understanding
Develop, through self-reflection and insight, an understanding of oneself and the use of self in the counseling process.  Develop a personal approach to counseling and client advocacy with a clear understanding of counselor functions.