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Program Objectives

The Department of Counseling at Nova Southeastern University's College of Psychology prepares counselors:

  1. for the ethical practice of counseling aligned with a professional counseling orientation in accordance with the standards and credentials of the counseling profession;
  2. to understand multicultural and pluralistic characteristics within and among diverse groups nationally and internationally while developing strategies for identifying and eliminating barriers, prejudices, and processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination;
  3. who understand factors associated with human growth and development across the lifespan;
  4. who understand career development theories and strategies for personal growth and employment opportunities in a global economy;
  5. to utilize essential interviewing, counseling, and case conceptualization skills to promote client understanding of and access to a variety of community-based resources;
  6. who utilize theoretical foundations of group counseling and group work to plan ethical and culturally relevant strategies for designing and facilitating groups;
  7. who utilize methods of effective assessment relevant to academic/educational, career, personal, and social development;
  8. who understand the importance of research in advancing the counseling profession, including how to critique research to inform counseling practice.
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