Mission and Goals

VISION

Improve the capacity of the counseling profession to maximize effective service delivery through a nationally competitive, learning-centered, program of excellence serving Arkansas, the nation, and the world.

PROGRAM MISSION

Conduct teaching, research, and service activities that:

  1. Prepare students at the master's level in clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, and student affairs and college counseling to work as scholar-practitioners in a variety of service delivery settings;
  2. Prepare students at the doctoral level in counselor education and supervision to work as counselor educators, supervisors, researchers, and advanced practitioners in academic, research, and clinical settings; and
  3. Enhance the professional development and continuing education of counseling professionals in the field.

GOALS

Goal One: Excellence
Strengthen the academic quality and reputation of the Counselor Education Program by developing and enhancing excellence in teaching, research and service.

Goal Two: Access, Quality, and Diversity
Enhance access to our program while improving the quality and diversity of our students and faculty.

Goal Three: Resource Development
Generate increased support and resources for our teaching, research, and service initiatives.

PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT

The guiding philosophy, goals, policies, and practices of the Counselor Education Program are shaped by its central commitment: To provide learning experiences allowing each graduate to become a fully functioning helping professional in an evolving and diverse world.

Inherent in the concept of a fully functioning individual is the notation that emotional and intellectual growth and the worth of each person are emphasized, in addition to academic and professional activities. Students admitted to the Counselor Education Program are engaged in a professional preparation curriculum, are accepted as professionals-in-training, and are expected to conduct themselves in accord with professional standards. In this context, a professional is a person engaged in an endeavor which requires advanced training in a body of knowledge that is based on theoretical and applied research, on a set of appropriate skills and on ethical standards adhered to by members of the profession.

PROGRAMMATIC RESEARCH AGENDA

The Counselor Education Program faculty propose a programmatic research agenda designed to facilitate our achievement of strategic plan goal one related to conducting programs of excellence in research. Comprehensive and integrated programs of research, dissemination, education and technical assistance will be implemented in the following priority focus areas:

I. Counselor Development
II. Measurement and Evaluation
III. The Development and Demonstration of Mental Health and Career Development Interventions
IV. The Development and Demonstration of Strategies that Promote Career Long Learning (transfer, generalization and maintenance)

Click on this link for a copy of the CNED Programmatic Research Agenda.