Counselor Education Mission Statement
The mission of the Duquesne University Counselor Education Program is to prepare professional counselors, educators, scholars, and clinical supervisors who promote the well-being of individuals, families, organizations, and communities. This mission aligns with the University's Spiritan mission to serve God by educating counselors who value social justice, meet high personal and professional standards; and promote moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development.
Faculty and students engage in collaborative activities that promote continuing professional development as demonstrated by the eligibility for attaining professional credentials.
The faculty and students maintain active participation with the broader community and related professional associations through counseling, consultation, education, advocacy, service, and leadership activities.
Faculty and students are committed to cultivating a diverse community of learners who engage in professional activities guided by multicultural sensitivity, intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, compassion, and high ethical standards.
Faculty and students recognize the importance of a distinct professional identity as a counselor, founded on the basis of a holistic, developmental, ecological, strength based philosophy.
The Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education and Supervision is defined by its focus on the development of competence in the general areas of teaching, supervision, research and service.
Doctoral students in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program will demonstrate high levels of teaching competence that meets or exceeds the standards of the Program, the University and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). To meet these standards and to demonstrate high levels of teaching competence, students will engage in varied classroom and practicum experiences. The faculty will help the students develop increased competence in teaching through modeling, team teaching and supervision.
Doctoral students in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program will expand their knowledge and skills of supervision. This process involves academic instruction and practical experiences. Students learn supervision theories and techniques and apply these principles in their supervision of the counseling of counselors-in-training in our master's programs.
Doctoral students in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program will propose and conduct research that supports their development, the mission of the University, and the counseling profession, and students receive training in both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The research should extend the knowledge base and improve counseling services. To meet these research goals, the faculty will support graduate students in their research activities and assist in the dissemination of research findings through appropriate journals and presentations at state, regional, national, and international conferences.
Doctoral students in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program will utilize their teaching, supervisory, consultative and clinical skills to provide service in schools and other related settings. Doctoral service may include: workshops for practicing professionals, designing and delivering staff development activities for school personnel, and participating in state, regional, and national professional organizations.