The primary purpose of the UTC Counselor Education Program is to train knowledgeable, competent, and skillful professional counselors to provide services in both clinical mental health and school settings.
This program is based on a developmental process of personal and professional wellness, emphasizing skill acquisition at early stages, progressing toward a strong theoretical and ethical foundation, and increasing cultural competence in order to work both independently and collaboratively with a variety of individuals and groups. (Revised October 12, 2020)
The UTC Counselor Education programs are designed to prepare beginning counselors to work in either clinical mental health and/or school settings. Successful completion of these programs result in a master’s degree.
Upon completion of the sixty hour master’s degree, students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program have obtained the educational requirements needed to pursue a License as a Professional Counselor in Tennessee.
Upon graduation, students enrolled in the School Counseling program have fulfilled the education requirements for Tennessee licensure as a school counselor.
The objectives listed below represent the major program objectives for all students in the counseling program. The more specific objectives related to each one of these provide the skeletal framework for the coursework offered to students and thus will be found in each course syllabus.
Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to understand the counseling profession and apply ethical standards (CACREP 2.F.1).
Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to work with diverse populations in accordance with the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (CACREP 2.F.2).
Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to support client/student development across the lifespan (CACREP 2.F.3).
Students with demonstrate knowledge and skills of career development, counseling, and decision making (CACREP 2.F.4).
Student will demonstrate knowledge and skills of counseling theories, techniques, and models of intervention/prevention (CACREP 2.F.5).
Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills for designing and facilitating ethically and culturally relevant groups (CACREP 2.F.6).
Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills for selecting, administering, and interpreting assessment and test results in an ethical and culturally relevant manner (CACREP 2.F.6).
Student will demonstrate knowledge and skills in evaluating and implementing research and evidence-based practice (CACREP 2.F.8).
Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to prevent and treat a broad range of mental health issues across the lifespan in variety of settings (CACREP 5.C).
Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to becoming leaders, systemic change agents, and advocates in P-12 schools (CACREP 5.G).
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