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Mission Statement

The counseling faculty views potential candidates as unique, with strengths and assets to be identified, encouraged, and developed during their graduate education. The knowledge of human relations skills necessary to help individuals recognize their own and other persons’ unique promise and discover opportunities for its expression form the core of preparation for students in professional counseling.  Such knowledge and skills are learned in part from research and study in the behavioral and social sciences, various skill development activities, and supervised practica.  Opportunities for a broad understanding of human behavior and human relationships in a diverse society are included in the education of the student in counseling.

The Professional Counseling faculty is committed to the development of broadly based competent professional counselors skilled in helping people with personal, academic, interpersonal, and career concerns in educational settings and community agencies.  The requirements of the program are conceptualized within the framework and standards set forth by the counseling profession, Colorado state law, the UNC Graduate School and job requirements.

About the Professional Counseling Program

At UNC you will make the most of your future by expanding your mind and advancing your career. You’ll gain an education for life through relevant courses that help you reach your career goals.

Our graduate programs in School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling/Therapy are fully accredited. We prioritize excellence and ensure that our graduates are fully prepared to work as professional counselors. Our alumni have become leaders in agencies, schools, and private practices.

Professional Counseling Programs are operated by the Department of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education

The Professional Counseling Programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Students see clients under live supervision in our state-of-the-art clinic.

The faculty has been recognized with the UNC Academic Excellence Award

Faculty members have been recognized for excellence in teaching and advising at the College and University levels.

Faculty members are scholars as well as teachers.

Instructional Delivery Systems

Instructional Methods: In each course a variety of instructional methods are employed, including live didactic instruction and instruction supported by online, interactive technology. No required course in the Professional Counseling Master’s Programs (either on- or off-campus) is offered completely online with the exception of Introduction to Graduate Research (SRM) 600 course. The Applied Statistics and Research Methods department offers SRM 600 in both face-to-face and online formats.

Instructors employ a variety of teaching techniques and interventions including facilitated group discussion, lecture, demonstrations, facilitated personal reflection, and simulated activities.

 Students demonstrate knowledge and skill attainment through a variety of formats including individual projects, student presentations, role-play, case discussions and problem solving exercises, group work, group discussion, computer laboratory projects, discussion of empirical and internet research, and field work.