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The Counseling & School Psychological Services Center offers a variety of free counseling services. Topics and concerns that people have beneficially discussed with counselors include vocational/professional plans and goals, social or personal concerns or assistance in arriving at an appropriate decision. Some previous participants have merely been curious about what a counseling session really involves. This, too, is a legitimate reason since some of you will undoubtedly consider counseling as a profession.

Purpose of the Program

One of the primary functions of the counselor education program is educating and training professional counselors. These counselors will function in a variety of situations, including:

  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Mental health counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Rehabilitation counseling

An integral part of a counselor's preparation program is participation in counseling practicum. Similar to student teaching, the counselors actually conduct counseling interviews with many individuals during the final phase of their preparation. These interviews are videotaped for review by the counselor and their supervisor. The purpose of these tape review sessions, called critiques, is to assist the professional counselors-in-training to further develop their operational procedures in counseling.

What to Expect

All of the counseling sessions will take place in the five counseling cubicles located on the second floor of the School of Education building on the north end. You may participate in four (usually 40-50 minutes) or more counseling sessions.

Any and all material discussed in an interview is strictly confidential. It is the counselor's responsibility to uphold this basic ethical standard. The code of ethics or ethical standards of the counseling profession guarantee the rights of the individual being counseled over and above any other responsibility.

Call 605-658-6638 to schedule an appointment.