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 school and clinical mental
health counselors who are committed to the skill sets and 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 technological and pluralistic society. The faculty
designs and delivers academic and clinical experiences for all our students in
ways that recognize, respect, and value the diversity of students’ backgrounds,
characteristics, beliefs, and abilities.
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.