Mission & Values


Our Mission

Forest Institute is a private, not-for-profit institution of higher education dedicated to providing high-quality professional education and community service with courage and compassion. The educational mission is to be a national leader in the education and training of culturally competent practitioners in the behavioral sciences and human service professions. The educational programs at Forest are responsive to scientific advances and developments in service fields. To accomplish the educational mission, Forest promotes a student-centered learning environment that embraces individual and cultural differences. The community service mission of Forest Institute is to enhance quality of life. To accomplish this mission, students work closely with faculty to identify local need and provide valuable services for diverse members of the community.

Our Vision

Forest Institute will be a professional educational institution recognized for its integrative approaches to individualized learning, training, and services to the human community.

Strategic Goals:

  • Demonstrate a culture that promotes student-centered learning, quality improvement and professional development.
  • Be a recognized leader in broad generalist training to enable graduates’ diversity in leadership and professional roles.
  • Be known for good stewardship in managing and aligning limited resources through expanding external partnerships to implement and integrate strategies that sustain its mission.
  • Develop programs and services that are consistent with the mission and are responsive to the mental health needs of a diverse community.

Our Values

  • Professional and Organizational Excellence
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Strategic Innovation
  • Human Diversity
  • Empowering Relationships
  • Results-Based Stewardship