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2013-2014 Catalog

M.Ed. Program in Counseling



Mission: The mission of the Counselor Education program at the University of Houston-Victoria is to educate, train and mentor students from diverse backgrounds to earn a master’s degree in School Counseling, Community Counseling, or Student Affairs & College Counseling. UHV students are primarily drawn from urban and rural areas close to Victoria, Texas or the Greater Houston region. The UHV Counselor Education faculty members expect our students to engage in academic and experiential learning, and to develop a strong professional identity and multicultural sensitivity. The faculty members are committed to promoting the development of student competence in the provision of counseling, professional advocacy, and community outreach. The Professional School Counseling Program, Community Counseling Program and Student Affairs & College Counseling require 48 semester hours of course work which satisfy the educational requirement for the Texas LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor.

The Master of Education programs in Professional School Counseling and Community Counseling at the University of Houston-Victoria were accredited in July 2010 by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

What is CACREP Accreditation?

The Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognizes specialized accrediting bodies that examine professional preparation programs with institutions of higher learning. CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) is a specialized accrediting body that grants accredited status to graduate-level programs in the professional counseling field.

CACREP was formed in 1981 in cooperation with the American Counseling Association (ACA) to promote the advancement of quality in counselor education programs. For a program to receive accreditation, it hosts a CACREP survey team of counselor educators who review the program to see that it meets national standards in eight core areas of counseling: human growth and development, social/cultural foundations, the helping relationship, group dynamics/counseling, career development, appraisal, research, and professional orientation/issues. In addition to the core areas, the team reviews additional standards of instruction and supervised clinical experiences for the counseling specialty training offered by that program.

For more information about CACREP and CACREP standards, please see the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs website.

Why is CACREP Accreditation important for students?

Students have many options when it comes to choosing where to pursue an advanced degree. Selecting to enroll in a CACREP accredited program ensures students will receive quality instruction and clinical experiences in various contexts from a distinct professional identity as a counselor.

In addition, students graduating from a CACREP accredited program qualify to take the National Certified Counselor Exam, used by most states for LPC licensure. For students pursuing a doctoral degree, graduation from a CACREP accredited program will meet application preferences in doctoral programs in counseling and counselor education.

Comprehensive Examinations for Counselors
Students in the School, Community, and Student Affairs & College Counseling programs must pass a comprehensive examination on the content of their courses. All comprehensive exams are pass/fail. These programs have developed a 70 item multiple choice exam which reflect the eight content areas which form the foundation of the counseling courses. administered through Blackboard.

Students are eligible to take the comprehensive exam either the semester before or during the semester they intend to graduate.

Students who fail more than one part of the comprehensive examination must wait until the next semester before they may retake the examination. A subsequent failure will result in required remedial work and may delay graduation. After three failures, students will be withdrawn from the program and, therefore, be deemed ineligible for graduation.

Admission Requirements
Applicants for admission to the Counseling Program must first satisfy requirements for admission to University of Houston – Victoria graduate studies as described in the Admissions section of the catalog.
Send the following to the Office of Admissions: 
    1. Completed application for graduate admission 
    2. Official transcripts of all coursework completed and baccalaureate or higher degrees conferred, sent 
        directly from each institution to UHV. 
    3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT) directly from the testing center to UHV.

Admission to the Counseling Program is provisional until the following procedures are completed.
1. Students show evidence of achieving an index score as defined by the Admissions Office.
2. Students submit three letters of professional and/or academic references. These references should speak to a 
    student’s academic achievement and aptitude, their ability to complete graduate level course work, and their 
    professional characteristics.
3. Students submit a writing sample that describes why they want to pursue professional counseling as a career. 
    In addition, the statement should include what the student thinks his or her strengths are for counseling, and 
    any other qualities which speak to the student’s potential for success in the counseling program. Limit the 
    statement to no more than two pages double-spaced.
4. Students must complete an admissions interview and orientation. Counselor Education faculty facilitate the 
    admissions interview and orientation. The purpose of this requirement is to further explore the applicant’s 
    personal qualities that are useful for graduate and professional work as a counselor, to clarify any questions 
    held by either the faculty or applicant, to determine if the applicant’s professional goals are in alignment with 
    the objective of the program, and to share more information about the program and course work with the 
    applicant.

Return the complete application file in one envelope to: 
        School of Education and Human Development 
        Counseling Program 
        3007 N. Ben Wilson 
        Victoria, Texas 77901

Applicants will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision. Admissions decisions occur in the spring and fall semesters.

The faculty members of the Counseling Program at UHV share a commitment to diversity and to pluralistic education and training, and therefore do not discriminate.

UHV-Counseling Evaluation, Remediation, and Retention Policy

The Counselor Education faculty members participate in an ongoing review of student progress in order to make decisions about student retention in the program. This review process helps to ensure that students, a) are completing program requirements successfully and making reasonable progress toward graduation, and b) have achieved an adequate level of professional and personal development in keeping with their future role as professional counselors. Faculty recourse to student’s failure to meet the academic or professional expectations may be either remediation or removal from the program. More detailed information is available from the faculty advisor or in the Student Counseling Handbook.

Program Options:

The Professional School Counseling option prepares students to work with children and adolescents in school settings, Pre-Kinder to 12 th grade, for the TExES exam and the Texas School Counselor certificate.

The Community Counseling option prepares students for clinical mental health counseling positions in various community agencies such as mental health centers, private counseling agencies, drug abuse centers, centers for counseling the elderly, child protective services, family counseling centers, business and industry.

The Student Affairs & College Counseling option prepares students to work in colleges, universities and community colleges. Graduates work in diverse student affair’s settings such as clinical mental health counselors, residence life, student activities, academic advising, career services, multicultural services, admissions and orientation.

All three options, Professional School Counseling, Community Counseling and Student Affairs & College Counseling, meet the academic specifications for Texas licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC).

Degree Requirements:

Degree Requirements: 12 semester hours from the core courses; 33 semester hours from the plan; and 3 hours of elective courses as approved by faculty advisor.

SCHOOL COUNSELING (48 hours)

        COUN 6310 Counseling in the Schools 
        COUN 6336 Counseling Children & Adolescents in Crisis 
        COUN 6311 Multicultural Counseling 
        COUN 6318 Assessment in Counseling 
        COUN 6321 Professional Orientation to Counseling 
        COUN 6322 Abnormal Human Behavior 
        COUN 6325 Career Education: The Counselor’s Role 
        COUN 6327 Theories of Counseling 
        COUN 6329 Group Counseling: Theory and Techniques 
        COUN 6332 Counseling Across the Life Span 
        COUN 6333 Counseling Techniques 
        COUN 6345 Research & Program Evaluation OR 
                FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research

        COUN Elective 
        COUN 6303 Practicum in Counseling

        COUN 6348 Internship I 
        COUN 6348 Internship II

Practicum
All School Counseling students enrolling in COUN 6303 Practicum must have successfully completed 24 hours in the counseling program to include COUN 6310 Counseling in the Schools, COUN 6311 Multicultural Counseling, COUN 6321 Professional Orientation to Counseling, COUN 6327 Theories of Counseling, COUN 6329 Group Counseling, and COUN 6333 Counseling Techniques.

Internship I & II
All School Counseling students enrolled in COUN 6348 Internship I and II must have satisfactorily completed COUN 6303 Practicum. Students must complete two sections of COUN 6348 Internship I and II over two semesters.

Additional Requirements for the School Counselor certificate:

    1. Admission to graduate study within the School of Education and Human Development and to the
        Counseling program must precede the completion of coursework. 
    2. Master’s degree in Counseling or closely related field (e.g., Education) 
    3. Pass the TExES #152 
    4. Proof of a minimum of two years of teaching experience in an accredited school.

COMMUNITY COUNSELING (48 Hours)

        COUN 6350 Clinical Mental Health Counseling
        COUN 6317 Couples and Family Counseling
        COUN 6311 Multicultural Counseling
        COUN 6318 Assessment in Counseling
        COUN 6321 Professional Orientation to Counseling
        COUN 6322 Abnormal Human Behavior
        COUN 6325 Career Education: The Counselor’s Role
        COUN 6327 Theories of Counseling
        COUN 6329 Group Counseling: Theories and Techniques
        COUN 6332 Counseling Across the Life Span
        COUN 6333 Counseling Techniques
        COUN 6345 Research & Program Evaluation OR
                FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research

        COUN Elective
        COUN 6303 Practicum in Counseling
        COUN 6348 Internship I
        COUN 6348 Internship II

Practicum
All Community Counseling students enrolling in COUN 6303 Practicum must have successfully completed 24 hours in the counseling program to include COUN 6350 Community Counseling, COUN 6311 Multicultural Counseling, COUN 6321 Professional Orientation to Counseling, COUN 6327 Theories of Counseling, COUN 6329 Group Counseling, and COUN 6333 Counseling Techniques.

Internship I & II
All Community Counseling students enrolled in COUN 6348 Internship I and II must have satisfactorily completed COUN 6303 Practicum. Students must complete two sections of COUN 6348 Internship I and II over two semesters.

STUDENT AFFAIRS & COLLEGE COUNSELING (48 Hours)

        COUN 6344 The College Student
        COUN 6346 Introduction to Student Services in Higher Education
        COUN 6316 Addiction Counseling

        COUN 6311 Multicultural Counseling

        COUN 6318 Assessment in Counseling
        COUN 6321 Professional Orientation to Counseling
        COUN 6322 Abnormal Human Behavior
        COUN 6325 Career Education: The Counselor’s Role
        COUN 6327 Theories of Counseling
        COUN 6329 Group Counseling: Theory & Techniques
        COUN 6332 Counseling Across the Life Span
        COUN 6333 Counseling Techniques
        COUN 6345 Research and Program Evaluation OR
                FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research

        COUN 6303 Practicum in Counseling
        COUN 6348 Internship I
        COUN 6348 Internship II

Practicum
All SA&CC students enrolling in COUN 6303 Practicum must have successfully completed 24 hours in the counseling program to include COUN 6346 Introduction to Student Services in Higher Education, COUN 6311 Multicultural Counseling, COUN 6321 Professional Orientation to Counseling, COUN 6327 Theories of Counseling, COUN 6329 Group Counseling, and COUN 6333 Counseling Techniques.

Internship I & II
All SA&CC students enrolled in COUN 6348 Internship I and II must have satisfactorily completed COUN 6303 Practicum. Students must complete two sections of COUN 6348 Internship I and II over two semesters.