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2011-2012 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. 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 School Counseling Program and Community Counseling Program require 48 semester hours of course work which satisfy the educational requirement for the Texas LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor. The Student Affairs Program requires completion of 36 semester hours of course work.

The Master of Education programs in 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), and are up for re-accreditation in 2012.

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 programs must pass a comprehensive examination on the content of their courses. All comprehensive exams are pass/fail. The School and Community programs have developed a 70 item multiple choice exam which reflect the eight content areas which form the foundation of the counseling courses. The Student Affairs program currently participate in a written exam covering two areas, counseling and education; one counseling question must come from a theory course and the other counseling question must come from the student’s advisor. The SA program will soon move to a similar multiple choice exam and is subject to change within this academic year. Students are eligible to take the comprehensive exam either the semester before or during the semester they intend to graduate.

School and Community students who fail more than one part of the comprehensive examination must wait until the next semester before they may retake the examination. Student Affairs students who fail one part of the exam may re-take the exam within the same semester in which it was first attempted. 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 no lower than 1400.
  2. Students submit the names and contact information of three professional or academic references. These references should be able to 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 information that would be helpful in evaluating the students’ 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. The admissions interview will always be facilitated by Counselor Education faculty members. The purpose of the interview will be to further assess the applicant’s personal qualities that are useful for graduate and eventual professional work as a counselor, to clarify any questions that the committee members have about the applicant’s materials, 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 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 for 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 School Counseling option prepares students for the TExES exam and the Texas School Counselor certificate.

The Community Counseling option prepares students for 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.

Both the Community Counseling option and the School Counseling option meet the academic specifications for Texas licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC).

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

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)
Core:

COUN 6311 Multicultural Counseling
COUN 6318 Assessment in Counseling
FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research
OR
COUN 6345 Research & Program Evaluation
COUN 6332 Counseling Across the Life Span

Plan:

COUN 6310 Counseling in the Schools
COUN 6317 Couples and Family Dynamics
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 6333 Counseling Techniques
COUN 6303 Practicum in Counseling
COUN Elective
COUN 6336 Counseling Children and Adolescents in Crises
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
All School Counseling students enrolled in COUN 6348 Internship must have satisfactorily completed COUN 6303 Practicum. Students must complete two sections of COUN 6348 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)
Core:

COUN 6311 Multicultural Counseling
COUN 6318 Assessment in Counseling
FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research
OR
COUN 6345 Research & Program Evaluation
COUN 6332 Counseling Across the Life Span

Plan:

COUN 6317 Couples and Family 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 6333 Counseling Techniques
COUN 6350 Community Agency Counseling
COUN 6303 Practicum in Counseling
COUN Elective
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 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
All Community Counseling students enrolled in COUN 6348 Internship must have satisfactorily completed COUN 6303 Practicum. Students must complete two sections of COUN 6348 Internship over two semesters.

Student Affairs Counseling (36 hours)

Core:

COUN 6311 Multicultural Counseling
FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research
OR
COUN 6345 Research & Program Evaluation

Plan:

COUN 6321 Professional Orientation to Counseling
COUN 6325 Career Education: The Counselor’s Role
COUN 6327 Theories of Counseling
COUN 6333 Counseling Techniques
COUN 6348 Internship I
COUN 6342 The American College
COUN 6344 The College Student
COUN 6346 Intro to Student Services
COUN 6337 Crisis Response
COUN 6316 Addiction Counseling

Internship
All Student Affairs students enrolled in COUN 6348 Internship must have completed COUN 6311 Multicultural Counseling, COUN 6321 Professional Orientation to Counseling, COUN 6346 Introduction to Student Services, COUN 6327 Theories of Counseling, and COUN 6333 Counseling Techniques.

  • Students wishing to pursue the LPC from the Student Affairs track must still take COUN 6303 Practicum and two additional sections of COUN 6348 over two semesters along with the remaining Community counseling course work requirements.