WSU Counseling Services operates within the philosophy of Student Affairs which emphasizes helping students become integrated into the total academic, social, and cultural environment of the university.
Counseling Services seeks to promote the intellectual, emotional and social growth and development of WSU students. Central to Counseling Services’ philosophy are value for the worth of every individual and respect for human diversity including (but not limited to) race, sex, age, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, religion, class, philosophy, and culture. In the belief that individuals who are well adjusted personally, socially and psychologically benefit most fully from the offerings of the university environment, Counseling Services staff work to assist students with obstacles that interfere with academic development.
The philosophy of the unit is embodied in the statement “helping students help themselves.” Counselors work to assist students to develop lifelong skills that are essential to achieving and maintaining academic and personal competence. The agency as a whole serves as a resource within the University for promoting student well-being and a positive and supportive environment within which students can live, learn, play and work.
The primary mission of Counseling Services is to assist students with problems and concerns that interfere with normal academic development and persistence toward degree. Through developmental, remedial and preventive programming, students are aided in addressing personal, social, academic and career-related concerns. A comprehensive testing program that helps students with personal, educational and professional planning is maintained.
Also central to the mission of Counseling Services is the training of doctoral interns and advanced graduate students in Psychology. The unit offers supervised training experiences, with an emphasis upon clinical service informed by practice, theory and research.