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College of Education and Human Services

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Counselor Education

We are an energetic and excited group of students and faculty engaging in the life-long process of professional development through research, teaching, clinical supervision, clinical work, and service. At the Master's level, we are committed to preparing ethical and culturally competent professional counselors to provide high quality individual, group, and family counseling for adults, adolescents, and children in a variety of settings including but not limited to adolescent community mental health programs, college career services, community mental health agencies, elementary and secondary schools, and substance abuse programs. At the Doctoral level, we focus on developing ethical and culturally competent future academicians, clinical supervisors, leaders, and clinicians through an intensive and active educational agenda. Doctoral students conduct and present research, learn to teach counseling core curricula, become excellent clinical supervisors (individual, triadic, and group), and excellent clinicians.

SIU Carbondale’s counseling program is developmental and holistic in focus, taking a wellness approach to counseling and psychological wellbeing. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their own values, beliefs, and self-concept as they learn multiple counseling skills and techniques and develop a professional identity as a counselor. In accordance with the ethical guidelines and standards of practice integral to the profession of counseling, students are also expected to adhere to the tenets of nondiscriminatory practice with regard to clients from various backgrounds. Students will be encouraged and supported in their use of a multicultural perspective and are expected to develop an ability to work with clients who vary in race, gender, level of physical or mental ability, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, country of origin, level of education, and/or sexual orientation.

All 4 specializations in the program (Clinical Mental Health, Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling, School Counseling, and the Counselor Education and Supervision Doctorate) are CACREP-accredited. 

Counselor Ed. Program Coordinator

Debra Pender
Office: Wham 223S
Dept. Phone: 618.453.2311

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