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2012-2013 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 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 & College Counseling 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 & College Counseling program has a similar multiple choice exam of 50 questions,  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 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
               COUN 6345 Research & Program Evaluation OR
                    FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research 
               COUN 6332 Counseling Across the Life Span

Plan:         COUN 6310 Counseling in the Schools
                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 6336 Counseling Children & Adolescents in Crisis   
                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 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 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)
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 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
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  (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.