The mission of the Counseling and Development Program at Winthrop University is to provide an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment for the professional development of clinical mental health and school counselors who are committed to best practice in their roles as clinicians, advocates, and consultants. The program strives to prepare culturally competent, culturally sensitive, and ethical counselors to work effectively in a pluralistic society. The faculty designs and delivers academic and clinical experiences to all students in ways that recognize, respect and value the diversity of students’ backgrounds, characteristics, beliefs, and abilities.
Diversity Recruitment Policy Statement
In keeping with the mission of the Counseling and Development Program, the counseling faculty believe that all students who are recruited and/or apply for admission to the Counseling and Development Program should have access to modes of instruction that are compatible with their learning styles, life experiences, and employment commitments.
The counseling faculty is obligated to make special efforts to include a diverse group of learners who desire to become professional counselors. The faculty believe that the diversity of faculty, staff, and students enrich the profession and the learning process for all students.
The counseling faculty believe that the counseling program must prepare its graduates with the competencies needed to effectively support the diverse needs of the clients they will serve.