Counselor Education Mission, Objectives, and Outcomes

The Mission of the Department of Counselor Education at Northeastern Illinois University is to provide a quality graduate education in Clinical Mental Health, Family, Rehabilitation, and School Counseling. Through a reflective, collaborative pedagogical approach, graduate students acquire transformative as well as culturally-sensitive knowledge and skills that promote personal, interpersonal, and professional development. The program trains graduate students to become skilled counselors in a diverse and changing world.

 mission Objectives

  1. The Department of Counselor Education will recruit qualified applicants from culturally diverse backgrounds and will train counselors-in-training to be self-reflective, effective, and competent providers of services.
  2. Program faculty will endeavor to include the most current evidence-based and outcome-based research in their coursework.
  3. Syllabi will include current CACREP standards, as well as information from other sources to maintain an open and engaging curriculum that equips students to work in a variety of counseling settings.
  4. The Department will conduct program evaluations, including recommendations and feedback from advisory board meetings, employers, program faculty, and current and former students. The information obtained will be reviewed annually for program evaluation purposes and incorporated into the program as appropriate.

The Department will conduct program evaluations, including recommendations and feedback from advisory board meetings, employers, program faculty, and current and former students. The information obtained will be reviewed annually for program evaluation purposes and incorporated into the program as appropriate.

Learning Outcomes

At completion of their training program, Counselor Education students will:

  1. possess a professional counselor identity that is self-aware, reflective, ethical, and competent in clinical knowledge, case conceptualization, and demonstration of clinical skills and techniques.
  2. utilize technology appropriately within the counseling profession to benefit clients and other professionals.
  3. practice communication skills to form and maintain a therapeutic relationship in the realms of individual, couple, group, and family counseling.
  4. communicate effectively through written documentation that meets professional standards.
  5. demonstrate professional and ethical competencies, including the fundamentals of collaboration and consultation with people from diverse ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, physical ability, and socioeconomic status.
  6. apply empirically supported clinical interventions, i.e., supported by outcome-based research, within a theoretical context.
  7. institute a commitment to ongoing professional development through continuing education, clinical supervision, reflection, collaboration, and consultation with peers.
  8. engage in advocacy activities that promote social justice and overall well-being of the greater community.

Mapping Counselor Education (CE) learning outcomes to college of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) Goals

  1. CGSR Goal:  Knowledge.  Graduate students will pursue and master advanced, specialized knowledge within their discipline. 

    ​CE  Learning Outcome #1:  Possess a professional counselor identity that is self-aware, reflective, ethical, and competent in clinical knowledge, case conceptualization, and demonstration of clinical skills and techniques.

    CE Learning Outcome #5:  Demonstrate professional and ethical competencies, including the fundamentals of collaboration and consultation with people from diverse ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, physical ability, and socioeconomic status.

    CE Learning Outcome #6:  Apply empirically supported clinical interventions, i.e., supported by outcome-based research, within a theoretical context.

  2. CGSR Goal:  Tools of Inquiry.  Graduate students will develop academic curiosity and expertise in using tools of inquiry reflecting the norms and standards of their discipline.  This expertise includes research ethics and methodologies, modes of critical thinking and problem-solving, and appropriate uses of technology.

    CE Learning Outcome #1:  Possess a professional counselor identity that is self-aware, reflective, ethical, and competent in clinical knowledge, case conceptualization, and demonstration of clinical skills and techniques.

    CE Learning Outcome #2:  Utilize technology appropriately within the counseling profession to benefit clients and other professionals.

    CE Learning Outcome #5:  Demonstrate professional and ethical competencies, including the fundamentals of collaboration and consultation with people from diverse ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, physical ability, and socioeconomic status.

    CE Learning Outcome #6:  Apply empirically supported clinical interventions, i.e., supported by outcome-based research, within a theoretical context.

  3. CGSR Goal: Relevance.  Graduate students will apply their knowledge and tools of inquiry to contextualize their learning within broad global, public, and academic communities.

    CE Learning Outcome #5:  Demonstrate professional and ethical competencies, including the fundamentals of collaboration and consultation with people from diverse ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, physical ability, and socioeconomic status.

    CE Learning Outcome #6:  Apply empirically supported clinical interventions, i.e., supported by outcome-based research, within a theoretical context.

    CE Learning Outcome #7: Institute a commitment to ongoing professional development through continuing education, clinical supervision, reflection, collaboration, and consultation with peers.  

    CE Learning Outcome #8:  Engage in advocacy activities that promote social justice and overall well-being of the greater community.

  4. CGSR Goal:  Communication.  Graduate students will develop professional communication skills, giving them the ability to engage in the critical, open exchange of ideas.  They will be able to participate in diverse, collaborative networks within and across disciplines.

    CE Learning Outcome #2:  Utilize technology appropriately within the counseling profession to benefit clients and other professionals.

    CE Learning Outcome #3:  Practice communication skills to form and maintain a therapeutic relationship in the realms of individual, couple, group, and family counseling.

    CE Learning Outcome #4:  Communicate effectively through written documentation that meets professional standards.

    CE Learning Outcome #7:  Institute a commitment to ongoing professional development through continuing education, clinical supervision, reflection, collaboration, and consultation with peers.

    CE Learning Outcome #8:  Institute a commitment to ongoing professional development through continuing education, clinical supervision, reflection, collaboration, and consultation with peers.

  5. CGSR Goal:  Professionalism.  Graduate students will be prepared to serve and lead effectively in a diverse, global society according to the professional standards of their discipline.  They will be ready to establish themselves as ethical individuals in their professional lives.

    CE Learning Outcome #1:  Possess a professional counselor identity that is self-aware, reflective, ethical, and competent in clinical knowledge, case conceptualization, and demonstration of clinical skills and techniques.

    CE Learning Outcome #2:   Utilize technology appropriately within the counseling profession to benefit clients and other professionals.

    CE Learning Outcome #5:  Demonstrate professional and ethical competencies, including the fundamentals of collaboration and consultation with people from diverse ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, physical ability, and socioeconomic status.

    CE Learning Outcome #6:  Apply empirically supported clinical interventions, i.e., supported by outcome-based research, within a theoretical context.

    CE Learning Outcome #7:  Institute a commitment to ongoing professional development through continuing education, clinical supervision, reflection, collaboration, and consultation with peers.

    CE Learning Outcome #8: Engage in advocacy activities that promote social justice and overall well-being of the greater community.