Department of Special Education and Counseling
The CACREP accredited Professional Counseling program at William Paterson University seeks to prepare, educate, and mentor ethical and competent professional counselors who are knowledgeable in issues of diversity and life span development. The program further seeks to enhance development of self-awareness in order that counselor trainees become effective professional counselors, skillful in advocating for clients and the profession, in consulting methods, and in clinical practice in a diverse and technological society.
Education of Counseling students is designed:
To prepare counselors to have a broad understanding of multicultural issues and to be competent to meet the needs of culturally diverse clients.
To prepare counselors to provide competent and effective direct services to clients across the life span in schools and community settings.
To prepare counselors to be competent and effective consultants in school, community, and business settings.
To prepare counselors to demonstrate sound ethical decision-making in their counseling practice.
To prepare counselors to be active participants in advocacy and support of the counseling profession by membership in professional organizations such as the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the New Jersey Counseling Association (NJCA).
To prepare counselors to utilize, and participate in, current research in the counseling field.
To prepare school counselors to meet the educational requirements for certification as a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) as specified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the educational requirements for certification as a school counselor in the State of New Jersey and to prepare agency counselors candidates to meet all the educational requirements for certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) as specified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).