Misson Statement of the Department of Counseling
Culturally competent, psychologically-minded, and emotionally grounded Licensed Psychotherapists (Marriage & Family Therapists), Credentialed School Counselors, Certified Rehabilitation Counselors, Career Counselors, College Counselors, and Gerontological Counselors are needed in the field of human services. The department’s six graduate programs, its undergraduate minor in counseling, and our partnerships with community agencies collaboratively prepare students who are well-grounded to help meet the growing demands in the field. Our department’s faculty and the curriculum we have designed aspire to achieve excellence in three core areas: Multicultural Competence, Community Partnerships, and Action Research.
Our faculty are locally, nationally, and internationally recognized in their scholarly contributions to multicultural competence in counseling, social justice, and health equity. Our faculty work to provide a solid learning environment for students with disabilities, students from diverse ethnic and sexual orientations, as well as students from a range of socioeconomic groups.
By the end of graduate studies, our more than 275 students should embody multicultural competence, have grown deep connections to the local community, and embrace best practices in counseling. Combined, our students provide thousands of hours per year of counseling services to San Francisco Bay Area communities. They are in schools, community mental health and rehabilitation agencies, colleges and universities, careers centers, nonprofits, and hospitals, to name a few. Our students reflect the diversity of California and especially the San Francisco bay area.
Graduates of our department will have the necessary preparation to be eligible to sit for the National Board of Certified Counselors examination, known as the National Counselor Examination® and the National Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam. All graduates will be eligible to be Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, as regulated by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.
We prepare Marriage and Family Therapy Program, School, and Rehabilitation counseling students for three credentials respectively: Marriage and Family Therapy Program license eligibility, PPS Credentialing (School Counseling Program), and CRC Credentialing (Rehabilitation Program). All six counseling specializations are accredited by national accrediting bodies including the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Evaluation (NCATE). The Career Counseling specialization is one of only eight in the country to receive this accreditation.
Finally, the Department of Counseling is committed to excellence and professionalism, and the faculty strive to guide and to prepare students towards that end.