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Counselor Education Tracks

Counselor Education Tracks

TRACKS:  One track MUST be selected and thirty-three credit hours completed. 

COLLEGE COUNSELING AND STUDENT AFFAIRS - The College Counseling and Student Affairs track is designed to prepare graduates for counseling and student development roles in college and university settings.  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 diverse client needs.  The program values diversity of experience and ideas, and emphasizes the application of knowledge in college and university settings.  Students complete a 100 clock hours college- or university-based practicum.  The program culminates in a supervised internship in a post-secondary setting for 600 clock hours.  Students seeking licensure as Professional Counselor (LPC) through the Virginia Board of Professional Counseling (http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling/) must understand licensure regulations relating to practicum and internship requirements prior to arranging placements.   

Complete the following twenty-seven (27) credit hours:
COUN 552             Contemporary Issues in College Counseling and Student Affairs (3)
COUN 565             College Student Development Services in Higher Education (3)
COUN 594             Practicum in College Counseling and Student Affairs (3)
COUN 612             Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning (3)
COUN 625             Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders (3)
COUN 660             Clinical Psychopathology (3)
COUN 670             Leadership and Management in Higher Education (3)
COUN 694             Internship in College Counseling and Student Affairs (6)
Take 3 credit hours (one course) from the following:
COUN 550             Introduction to Play Therapy (3)
COUN 560             Grief, Loss, and Trauma Counseling (3)
COUN 595             Special Topics in Counseling (3)
COUN 622             Marriage and Family Therapy:  Theories and Techniques (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 -
COLLEGE COUNSELING AND STUDENT AFFAIRS

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 a mental health setting.  It culminates in a supervised internship in a community setting for 600 clock hours.

Complete the following twenty-four (24) credit hours:
COUN 592             Practicum in Mental Health Counseling (3)
COUN 612             Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning (3) 
COUN 622             Marriage and Family Therapy:  Theory and Techniques (3)
COUN 625             Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders (3)
COUN 635             Clinical Supervision and Administration in Mental Health (3)
COUN 660             Clinical Psychopathology (3)
COUN 692             Internship in Mental Health Counseling (6)
Take 6 credit hours (2 courses) from the following:
COUN 504             P-12 School Counseling Practice (3)
COUN 550             Introduction to Play Therapy (3)
COUN 552             Contemporary Issues in College Counseling and Student Affairs (3)
COUN 560             Grief, Loss, and Trauma Counseling (3) 
COUN 595             Special Topics in Counseling (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
- MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

SCHOOL COUNSELING - The School Counseling track is designed to prepare graduates 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 diversity of developmental and systemic challenges experienced by school-age young people.  School counseling students complete three semester-long placements in an (1) elementary, (2) middle, and (3) high school prior to graduation. The program culminates in a supervised two-semester school-based internship in the remaining two school levels for a total of 600 clock hours.   Graduates will be eligible for licensure as a School Counselor through the Virginia Department of Education (DOE). 

Complete the following thirty (30) credit hours:
COUN 504             P-12 School Counseling Practice (3)
COUN 550             Introduction to Play Therapy (3)
COUN 593             Practicum in School Counseling (3)
COUN 611             Current Issues and Trends in School Counseling (3)
COUN 613             Counseling Exceptional Students (3)
COUN 622             Marriage and Family Therapy:  Theory and Techniques (3)
COUN 625             Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders (3)
COUN 660             Clinical Psychopathology (3)
COUN 693             Internship in School Counseling (6)
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS REQUIRED:    60
WORKSHEET
- SCHOOL COUNSELING