CARE Program Mission

Southern Illinois University




The Counseling and Rehabilitation Education (CARE) program promotes counselors-in-training professional development to prepare them to provide ethical, culturally-inclusive practices that sustain and empower those using counseling services.

Program Goals

  1. Staff professionalism: pledging to maintain rigorous standards for education, training, and clinical practice.
  2. Respect for others: demonstrating an appreciation for the uniqueness and cultural differences of each individual.
  3. Relevance in teaching: learning experiences will reflect evidence-based practices; they will be relevant and purposeful.
  4. Innovation in learning: Students develop understanding through inquiry, new technologies, creative problem solving, and critical thinking skills.
  5. Expanding student potential: Learning experiences will promote the emotional, relational, and academic potential of all students.

Program Objectives

  1. CARE graduates possess the content knowledge and dispositions necessary to be effective counselors and social justice advocates in their specialty area
  2. CARE graduates appropriately respond to the unique combination of cultural variables, including ability, age, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, level of acculturation, and socioeconomic status, that influence the counseling process.
  3. CARE graduates understand that human development occurs in critical contexts influenced by a person’s race, ethnicity, religion, and factors such as poverty, loss, developmental and physical trauma, and access to resources.
  4. CARE graduates conceptualize the career decision-making process as developmentally influenced and individually determined.
  5. CARE graduates value the influence of a strong working alliance built upon honesty and trust in achieving success in the therapeutic relationship.
  6. CARE graduates differentiate between group counseling theories and utilize effective interventions and leadership skills in facilitating various types of groups.
  7. CARE graduates maintain an understanding of developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches to assessment and testing.
  8. CARE graduates value the use of statistically supported, evidence-based psychoeducational, and psychotherapeutic interventions in their practice.
  9. CARE graduates who specialize in clinical mental health counseling promote healthy coping capacities and support systems for individuals who identify as persons with mental illnesses to assist them in improving their quality of life.
  10. CARE graduates who specialize in clinical rehabilitation counseling advocate for removing functional, environmental, and social barriers that impede self-sufficiency and reduce the quality of life for persons who identify as an individual with a disability.

SIU Assessment Report 2018
Vital Statistic Report (word doc)