• Mission and Objectives

    Mission

    The mission statement for the counseling programs in education at Monmouth University is as follows:

    Our master's degree programs in school counseling and student affairs and college counseling at Monmouth University focus on a comprehensive, integrative approach designed to prepare students with the practical counseling skills used in a school or college environment.

    Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds, solidifying the commitment to a diverse student population. Courses are specifically designed to enhance multicultural competency, clinical knowledge, and research orientation. We are dedicated to providing individualized programs of study that can influence the development of our students in becoming effective with client populations representing all cultural, racial, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds.

    Counseling faculty members review the mission statement each year at our specially designated meeting at the start of the academic year. The statement is guided and implemented by all core faculty members and adjunct faculty and supported by the School of Education administration.

    Statement of Objectives

    1. To ensure comprehensive implementation and sustenance of accreditation of CACREP, NCATE, and the New Jersey Department of Education.
    2. To develop counselor competencies and skill development in students to develop programming at the elementary, intermediate, secondary, and college level.
    3. To teach students to demonstrate the ability to use ethical and legal judgment as professional counselors in an educational setting.
    4. To incorporate and develop counseling plans and goals that incorporate the life span development of individuals in a multicultural society.
    5. To facilitate the knowledge of at-risk populations and application of resiliency utilizing a developmental perspective.
    6. To implement counseling theory into personal counseling style supported by the current research trends in professional counseling.
    7. To implement group counseling facilitation skills, psycho-educational comprehension, group activities, and techniques of group counseling.
    8. To help students understand the influence of family systems, consultation, and prevention programs for parents and families.
    9. To impart knowledge of self with exploration into culture, diversity, and multiculturalism.
    10. To develop an understanding of test interpretation, assessment procedures, and standardized tests in schools.
    11. To teach the implementation of core and advanced skills in practicum and internship courses, including the design of peer and supervisor feedback, as well as supervision.
    12. To develop a sense of openness and positive regard for students as a model for the therapeutic relationship.
    13. To assist students with self-awareness, professional counseling disposition, and receptiveness to constructive criticism.