The primary mission of the Department of Counseling and School
Psychology (CSP) is preparing culturally competent and compassionate
professionals at the graduate level to provide leadership in school
counseling, school psychology, marriage and family therapy, and
community counseling. In addition, the Department engages
undergraduates in the social sciences in theoretical and professional
knowledge and skills in counseling, social change and social justice
with the option of an undergraduate minor. CSP is an interdisciplinary
department committed to work towards equity, economic, and social
justice within the College and University, our professions, and
throughout the broader society.
CSP’s programs create professional preparation communities committed to: diversity, equity, social and economic justice, academic excellence; research, scholarship, and inquiry; creating systems change; global citizenship; culturally affirming ways of living, learning, knowing, and healing. Our programs and faculty distinguish themselves through their leadership in developing: educational excellence, multicultural competence, professional integrity and expertise, innovative models and theories, diverse methodology for research and practice, evidence-based practice, local and international collaborations, and impacting our professions.
The Department’s faculty, students, and alumni are actively engaged in developing, implementing, and evaluating systemic change in multicultural school and community environments; establishing bridges of understanding across families, schools, and community contexts; serving the community’s needs through our work in schools, organizations, and centers located within the community; and designing and delivering specialized education and training available to professionals and families in the surrounding communities.