The CSC Graduate Counseling Program Mission is to prepare quality professional counselors for careers with state, regional, or national public and private mental health agencies, mental health institutions, and educational systems.
We are committed to producing ethically and culturally competent counselors who demonstrate professional leadership with a purposeful commitment to client advocacy, and social justice, for the western High Plains States and the broader pluralistic nation.
The CSC Counseling program actively recruits students from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and cultural influences. Faculty value diversity among its student population and in society at large. This commitment to and appreciation of individual differences can be found in all aspects of our program, including student selection and admissions, faculty hiring, classroom instruction, texts and teaching materials, clinical practice and supervision, departmental administration, day-to-day operations, and policy formation.
The CSC Graduate Counseling Program views recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students from the western High Plains States as a major focus. We define the term diverse group broadly, including ethnic, racial, and cultural identities as well as in personal world views, gender identity, sexual preference, age differences, and the challenges associated with disabilities of various kinds. To attract and support a diverse student population, we have taken several initiatives including but not limited to the following:
Flexibility - Our courses are scheduled to meet the needs of a diverse non-traditional student population. Most of our courses are delivered in an online format, while others are blended and scheduled in the evenings. This varied instructional delivery format provides better options for those students who may need to complete their program in stages or on a part-time basis.
Affordability - Our graduate tuition is highly competitive with other institutions in Nebraska and is significantly less than many online programs offered by private and for-profit institutions.
Financial Support – Our University offers a financial assistance program (FAFSA), which is open to all students without discrimination. Our Counseling program provides three graduate assistantships, which cover tuition and provide a stipend. Assistantships are available for students enrolled in a graduate degree program and designed to provide opportunities for supervised educational experiences at the graduate level.
Advertising – actively advertising that our program has a strong emphasis on diversity. The program website and mission statement highlight diversity.
Graduate Counseling Program Objectives
As a result of successfully completing the Graduate Counseling Program, graduates will be able to:
Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice: Develop a professional identity as a counselor, demonstrate an understanding of the counseling profession, and demonstrate a willingness to provide counseling services within the ethical guidelines of the counseling profession.
Social and Cultural Diversity: Demonstrate an understanding of the social and cultural influences, the effects of power and privilege, and the impact of acculturative experience on the counseling process.
Human Growth and Development: Develop an understanding of developmental aspects of human growth and appreciation for the nature of human development and its integration within the counseling process.
Career Development: Develop an understanding of career development and approaches for conceptualizing the interrelationships between work, mental wellbeing, and other life roles within counseling.
Counseling and Helping Relationships: Gain significant knowledge and application of major counseling theories in the context of individual, family, group, and crisis counseling. Demonstrate effective individual counseling techniques that facilitate client growth and the ability to evaluate progress toward treatment goals.
Group Counseling and Group Work: Develop both experiential and theoretical understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group approaches.
Assessment and Testing: Gain knowledge and skills in assessment techniques and apply basic concepts to individuals and group appraisal.
Counseling Research and Program Evaluation: Develop the ability to read, critique, evaluate, and contribute to professional research literature.