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Mission & Objectives

Our mission is to provide students with the knowledge, clinical skills, and leadership tools to become counselor educators, clinical mental health, addictions, and rehabilitation counselors, and rehabilitation service providers in a culturally diverse and global society.

The objectives of the Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies Department are to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to function effectively as professional counselors and vocational evaluators, which include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • knowledge and appreciation of the traditions, foundations, history, and philosophy of counseling specific to the fields of substance abuse counseling, clinical counseling, rehabilitation counseling and vocational evaluation;
  • classroom, community, and personal experiences with clients/consumers in order to develop awareness and sensitivity to client/consumer needs from an individual, community, and multicultural perspective;
  • knowledge of counseling theories and techniques that support culturally sensitive client/consumer empowerment, and enhance the client's/consumer's ability to take control of and better manage his/her life;
  • clinical counseling services to individuals, family members, and groups of persons with disabilities (physical, substance abuse and psychiatric/mental health), and other issues that limit their ability to function at personally satisfying levels;
  • case management skills including coordinating, planning, and implementing treatment plans to assist clients/consumers in taking effective control of their lives in a manner consistent with their cultural heritage;
  • career assessment, development, and counseling including knowledge of job placement, labor market trends, and development of client/consumer-focused plans designed to enhance client/consumer independence and personal choice;
  • multicultural, psychosocial, and medical aspects of disability emphasizing how community, socio/cultural, family, and psychological well-being impact the client's/consumer's ability to effectively cope with life experiences;
  • applied research methodology based on improved theories, concepts, and approaches for assisting clients/consumers in dealing with life experiences more effectively.