Pending the approval from the Board of Regents at their upcoming fall 2009 meeting, the Master's in Professional Counseling program will transition into a new name: the Master's in Mental Health Counseling.
Immediately upon receiving this anticipated approval, the Office of Graduate Admissions will post the application for the Master's in Mental Health Counseling Program.
We anticipate the application for the Master's in Mental Health Counseling program will be available to applicants no later than November 15, 2009. The application deadline for fall 2010 entry into the Mental Health Counseling program will be February 1, 2010.
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit other application materials (two official transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, etc.) to the Office of Admissions prior to the formal submission of an application online. These required documents (listed here) will be kept on file until the official application is made available online once the program is approved.
To learn more about this name change, as well as the application process, please contact the Mental Health Counseling program's assistant at 404-413-8200, or register to attend a prospective student information session.
Note to current and previously accepted students of the MS Professional Counseling program:
The last semester of reentry for this program is spring 2010--applications due November 1, 2009. You must be actively enrolled in this program from spring 2010 until graduation. You must complete and graduate from the MS Professional Counseling program no later than spring (May) 2013. Click here for more information.
Professional Counseling Faculty: Brian Dew, Ph.D.- Program Coordinator, Gary Arthur, Ph.D., Greg Brack, Ph.D., Catharina Chang, Ph.D., Diane Levy, Ph.D. , Jonathan Orr, Ph.D., & Karen Ripley, Ph.D.
The Professional Counseling program enables the student to acquire expertise in the eight areas of knowledge and five counselor work behaviors required by CACREP. The program is designed to be full time (9.0 credit hours or more per semester) and completed in two years. The common core areas are: professional identity, social and cultural foundations, ethics, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, appraisal, and research and program evaluation.
Students are exposed to a wide range of therapeutic models and counseling styles. Graduates of this program are found working in mental health agencies, correctional settings, family counseling centers, business and personnel positions, private practice, and many other settings requiring expertise in human resource development.
At completion of the program, the counselor is prepared to: Work individually with clients on educational, vocational, social, emotional, or personal problems, consult with other professionals and administrators concerning the client's developmental needs, participate in psychological assessment programs, including the interpretation of test results, provide information and understanding to clients in the areas of educational, social, or vocational planning, and conduct and facilitate local research efforts.
Program of Study 2009-2010
A. Professional Studies (8)
CPS 7340 Social/Cultural Issues in Counseling and Psychological Services (2)
CPS 7500 Individual and Family Over the Life Span (3)
EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education (3)
B. Major (29)
CPS 6010 Professional Identity and Ethics in Professional Counseling (3)
CPS 6410 Basic Counseling Skills (3)
CPS 6450 Group Counseling Systems (3)
CPS 7260 Counseling Systems and Interventions (3)
CPS 7300 Career Theory, Assessment, and Intervention (3)
CPS 7450 Educational and Psychological Appraisal (3)
CPS 7540 Consultation in Professional Counseling (2)
CPS 8100 Psychobehavioral Diagnosis (3)
CPS 8380 Family Systems and Interventions (3)
CPS 8460 Biopsychosocial Aspects of Addiction (3)
C. Applied Practice Sequence (8)
CPS 7660 Applied Practice I: Professional and Rehabilitation Counseling (2)
CPS 7680 Internship: Professional and Rehabilitation Counseling (6)
D. Elective (3): A list of approved electives for Professional Counseling Master’s Degree students is available in each student’s handbook and in the department at the front desk (COE 950).
Program total: minimum of 48 semester hours