Applications to the Counseling Program are due January 15, 2017 for admission to the 2017-2018 academic year.
The Counseling Masters Program prepares students with a solid grounding to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors, Certified School Counselor, and Licensed Associate Counselors.
The program mission is to educate professional counselors to work with persons with disabilities as well as children and youth in school settings. As such, our program curriculum draws from foundational content in rehabilitation, school, and mental health counseling. Through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, use of data, and action, our graduates will be competent at identifying and overcoming barriers that impede equal access to educational, social, environmental, and career opportunities for all persons. Our graduates will be dedicated to promoting and facilitating the personal achievement, empowerment, and quality of life of all the populations we serve.
Goals and Objectives
- To prepare counselors for state licensure and national counselor certifications.
- To prepare counselors to work effectively with diverse populations, their family-members, and their communities as well as program administrators and all other stakeholders.
- To prepare counselors who posses excellent skills in Counseling. Graduates will possess knowledge of theory and research, skills in appraisal, and expertise in intervention techniques, with emphasis in applications to persons with disabilities, including those with mental health disorders.
- To prepare counselors who have the knowledge and skills necessary to practice within rehabilitation, school, and mental health counseling programs.
- To prepare counselors who demonstrate healthy self-awareness and understanding, and who understand the importance of self-care for counselors.
- To prepare counselors who counsel within the ethical guidelines of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA), the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), and the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) as well as other relevant professional codes of ethics.
- To prepare counselors who counsel with sensitivity, caring, and appropriate approaches for diverse environments and populations.
- To prepare counselors who consult and advocate on behalf of the client as well as assist people to advocate for themselves.
Courses in the Counseling program are delivered in a variety of formats.
- Some courses are completely online
- Some courses are hybrid (or blended) format, with some face-to-face meetings and some content covered online.
- Some courses (particularly clinical courses) meet face-to-face. There are technological options for students to attend from a distance.
- At least one section of each course that involves face-to-face meetings is scheduled from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm to accommodate working students.
The Work of a Counselor
As Counselors you will engage in relationships that empower diverse population groups including children, adolescents, adults, and individuals with disabilities. Depending on their area of emphasis they may work in school or rehabilitation settings, as well as a wide variety of other settings, including (but not limited to):
The following information describes the outcomes of our program, as well as the demographics of our current students.