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Counselor Education Tracks

Counselor Education Tracks

TRACKS:  (9, 18 or 30) One track MUST be selected and nine, eighteen or thirty credit hours completed. 

COMMUNITY AND COLLEGE COUNSELING - The Community and College Counseling track is for college graduates interested in preparing for counseling in the community or college settings.  The curriculum emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed for the practical application of counseling theory and research to individuals of all ages.  The program culminates in a supervised experience in a community or college setting for 300 clock hours.

Complete the following nine (9) credit hours:
COUN 651             Practice and Ethics of Community and College Counseling (3)
COUN 660             Clinical Psychopathology (3)
COUN 680             Practicum in Community and College Counseling (3)
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS REQUIRED:                    39
WORKSHEET

SCHOOL COUNSELING - The School Counseling track is designed for the professionals who want to prepare themselves for a counseling role in an elementary, middle, or secondary school.  The curriculum emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed for the practical application of counseling theory and research to the developmental problems of school-age young people.  The program culminates in a supervised experience in elementary, middle, and high school settings for 450 clock hours.  Graduates will be eligible for licensure as a School Counselor through the Virginia Department of Education (DOE). 

Complete the following nine (9) credit hours:
COUN 613             Guidance and Counseling of Exceptional Students (3)
COUN 637             Practice and Ethics of School Counseling in the P-12 Setting (3)
COUN 638             Practicum in School Counseling in the P-12 Setting (3)
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS REQUIRED:    39
WORKSHEET

SCHOOL, COMMUNITY AND COLLEGE COUNSELING - This track combines the School Counseling track and the Community and College Counseling track so that graduates will be eligible for licensure in School Counseling through the Virginia DOE and will be prepared for roles in student affairs, academic counseling, career counseling, admissions, and in some community agencies.  The program culminates in supervised experiences in a community or college setting for 300 clock hours AND in elementary, middle, and high school settings for 450 clock hours.

Complete the following eighteen (18) credit hours:
COUN 613             Guidance and Counseling of Exceptional Students (3)
COUN 637             Practice and Ethics of School Counseling in the P-12 Setting (3)
COUN 638             Practicum in School Counseling in the P-12 Setting (3)
COUN 651             Practice and Ethics of Community and College Counseling (3)
COUN 660             Clinical Psychopathology (3)
COUN 680             Practicum in Community and College Counseling (3)
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS REQUIRED:    48
WORKSHEET

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING - The Mental Health Counseling track is designed to prepare graduates for counseling roles in community mental health agencies, human service agencies, in-home counseling agencies, out-patient counseling centers, social services, youth development services, or court services and is appropriate for students seeking licensure as Professional Counselors (LPC) through the Virginia Board of Professional Counseling (http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling/).  Students learn the theoretical frameworks of counseling and how they translate into individual and group interventions with an emphasis on evidence-based treatment strategies tailored to individual client needs.  The program values diversity of experience and ideas and emphasizes the application of knowledge in the community setting.  It culminates in a supervised field experience in a community setting for 600 clock hours.

Complete the following thirty (30) credit hours:
COUN 622             Marriage and Family Therapy:  Theory and Techniques (3)
COUN 625             Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders (3)
COUN 635             Supervision and Administration in Mental Health Agencies (3)
COUN 651             Practice and Ethics of Community and College Counseling (3)
COUN 660             Clinical Psychopathology (3)
COUN 692             Internship in Mental Health Counseling (6)
ELECTIVE COURSES (9).  Select three from the following courses.
COUN 595             Special Topics in Counseling (3)
COUN 613             Guidance and Counseling of Exceptional Students (3)
COUN 637             Practice and Ethics of School Counseling in the P-12 Setting (3)
COUN 640             Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (3)
COUN 695             Special Topics in Counseling (3)
PSYC 523              Theories of Personality (3)
PSYC 552              Psychopharmacology (3)
PSYC 553              Psychology of Language (3)
PSYC 595              Special Topics in Psychology (3)
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS REQUIRED:    60
WORKSHEET

SCHOOL AND MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING - This track combines the School Counseling concentration and the Mental Health Counseling concentration resulting in potential eligibility for dual licensure in School Counseling through the Virginia DOE and as a Professional Counselor (LPC) through the Virginia Board of Professional Counseling (http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling/).  The program prepares graduates for counseling roles in community mental health agencies, human service agencies, in-home counseling agencies, out-patient counseling centers, social services, youth development services, or court services and schools.  Students learn the theoretical frameworks of counseling and how they translate into individual and group interventions with an emphasis on evidence-based treatment strategies tailored to individual client needs.  The program values diversity of experience and ideas and emphasizes the application of knowledge in the community setting.  It culminates in one supervised field experience in an elementary, middle and high school settings for 450 clock hours and one supervised field experience in a community setting for 600 clock hours. 

Complete the following thirty (30) credit hours.
COUN 613             Guidance and Counseling of Exceptional Students (3)
COUN 622             Marriage and Family Therapy:  Theory and Techniques (3)
COUN 625             Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders (3)
COUN 635             Supervision and Administration in Mental Health Agencies (3)
COUN 637             Practice and Ethics of School Counseling in the P-12 Setting (3)
COUN 638             Practicum in School Counseling In the P-12 Setting (3)
COUN 651             Practice and Ethics of Community and College Counseling (3)
COUN 660             Clinical Psychopathology (3)
COUN 692             Internship in Mental Health Counseling (6)
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS REQUIRED:    60
WORKSHEET