Welcome to the Department of Counseling
The Department of Counseling is pleased to announce three new faculty members who will join the department in the fall of 2014. Please help us welcome Dr. Jane Coe Smith, Dr. Steven Moody, and Dr. Leslie Stewart!
Dr. Jane Coe Smith
Hello! I am thrilled to be joining the ISU Department of Counseling in August 2014 for the upcoming academic year. I received an incredible education from this department and I am looking forward to contributing to the education experience of new counselors-in-training and counselor educators coming through the program. I am very excited to be serving as Marriage, Family and Couple Program Coordinator.
Dr. Steven Moody
Hello, ISU! I am looking forward to my transition back to Idaho as I have very much missed the mountains and rivers. I will be bringing my interests in experiential learning and social justice to the table and hope to build collaborations that will strengthen our profession and serve the diverse needs within the university and community.
Dr. Leslie Stewart
Hello! I will be joining the ISU Department of Counseling in the fall of 2014. Before coming to ISU, I worked as a counselor and student support service provider in a college counseling center. Additionally, I have worked in a juvenile detention center and as a certified instructor of therapeutic horsemanship. My scholarly interests include animal assisted therapy in both counseling and supervision, counselor wellness and burnout prevention, and anxiety and stress management. Further, I am interested in counselor training with a variety of experiential and expressive modalities.
About the Department of Counseling
The Department of Counseling offers CACREP-accredited master's degrees in Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Affairs Counseling. In addition, we offer a specialist degree in Counseling and a CACREP-accredited doctorate in Counselor Education and Counseling.
The Mental Health Counseling major leading to the Master of Counseling degree and the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling are also offered at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center.
Department Mission Statement
The principle mission of the Department of Counseling is to prepare quality counselors for various settings in Idaho and the nation. More specifically, we seek to prepare quality School Counselors for public schools in K-12 settings, Marital, Couple and Family Counselors and Mental Health Counselors for community agencies and other mental health settings, and Student Affairs Counselors for working in college settings such as advising, residence halls, and career centers.
We prepare doctoral level counselor educators and supervisors to serve as faculty members in counselor education programs, counselor supervisors in various settings, doctoral level counselors, leaders in higher education and counseling organizations, and scholars.
We believe it is also our mission to:
- instill a strong sense of professional identity in students,
- help students gain an appreciation of the rich knowledge base in counselor education,
- develop student expertise in the skills of counseling,
- aid students to become certified and/or licensed,
- aid students/graduates in their initial job placement,
- teach and perform research applicable to the practice of counseling, and
- aid students in understanding the diversity of views and cultures within our profession and the environment in which counselors practice.
The Department of Counseling also has a mission within the Division of Health Sciences, Kasiska School of Health Professions, to represent the mental health perspective within Division and to consult with Division faculty and departments in encouraging a holistic perspective toward health care services.