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Counselor education, student affairs, college counseling, higher education, functional areas


Student affairs programs share a common goal of developing master’s level professionals for employment in higher education. Approximately one-third of student affairs training programs are counseling-based and half of those programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). However, there is a lack of literature regarding the preparation of student affairs professionals trained in counseling programs and the importance of counselor training to the student affairs profession. Based upon a review of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education Professional Standards, CACREP standards, and other related research, this article will discuss the perceived value of counselor preparation to the functional areas within student affairs and categorize the specific student affairs functional areas based upon the perceived value of counselor training.