The Department of Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy serves the citizens of the region and state by offering instruction, research, and services designed to advance the understanding of behavioral and cognitive processes and to improve the quality of life.  The principle function of the department is to prepare students at the undergraduate and graduate levels to pursue careers within the discipline and affiliated areas.  A related purpose is to provide courses for programs in education, nursing, and other disciplines.  At the baccalaureate level, students develop basic skills in scientific research and knowledge of psychological nomenclature and concepts, and they are introduced to the diverse applications of psychology.  The graduate programs prepare students to apply skills in schools, mental health agencies, government, industry, and other settings. Training at the graduate level is designed to prepare qualified, responsible professionals who may provide assessment, consulting, counseling, and other services to the citizens of the region.