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Master of Science in Counselor Education - Mental Health Counseling (MS)

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The Master of Science Counselor Education with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling is designed for students wishing preparation as counselors or therapists in settings such as: mental health centers, hospitals, residential treatment centers, employment services and vocational rehabilitation services. Mental health counselors are also frequently found in the juvenile correction facilities, community colleges, pastoral services and in business and industry.

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    NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 18-19 SCHOOL YEAR

    Program Director
    Keely Hope Ph.D.
    141A Martin Hall
    509.359.2439
    khope@ewu.edu

    The Master of Science in Counselor Education: Mental Health Counseling emphasis is designed for students wishing preparation as counselors or therapists in settings such as: mental health centers, hospitals, residential treatment centers, employment services and vocational rehabilitation services. Mental health counselors are also frequently found in the juvenile correction facilities, community colleges, pastoral services and in business and industry.

    Counseling Education Program Mission Statement

    The Counselor Education Program at Eastern Washington University is committed to the selection, training, supervision, and professional success of counseling students, in keeping with the high standards established by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  As a regional teaching university, EWU has a proud history of providing education to a high percentage of first generation college students, often from under-represented and lower socioeconomic communities, a tradition which the Counselor Education program maintains.  Thus, counselor training occurs in a learning community that is intentionally focused on both skills development and personal growth of the counselor-in-training.  In this way, Counselor Education fulfills its purpose of preparing competent and caring professional counselors to meet the needs of diverse urban and rural communities.

    The program is both extensive and comprehensive.  It is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and fulfills Washington State academic requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor.  In addition, graduates complete the National Board of Certified Counselor Exam and are eligible for National Counselor Certification.

    Frequently Asked Questions to the program can be found here.

    Program Outcomes

    Year

    Number of Graduates Completion Rate* NCE Pass Rate** Placement Rate***
    2013 12 80% 92% 83.3%
    2014 8 88% 100% 100%
    2015 7 100% 100% 100%
    2016 10 91% 100% 80%
    2017 11 81% 100% 81%

    Approximately 40 students are enrolled in the program with an estimated 85% graduation rate during the 2012-2013. Average completion rate is typically higher and ranges between 85% and 100%. The Program accepts a variable number of students each year, but is typically 24-30 with 50% in each emphasis.  Eighty percent of accepted students graduate in the expected time period, two years for full-time students.  Courses accommodate only full-time students. 

    *Percent of students who graduated within the expected timeframe
    **for students seeking job placement
    ***National Counselor Exam or the WA state licensure exam

    The Counselor Education Core faculty members are:
    Keely Hope

    Rebecca Rudd

    Karrie Swan

    What will I study?

    Classes and experiences are organized around four objectives: 1) a thorough preparation in foundation skills and principles; 2) a functional mastery of techniques in various therapy modes; e.g., cognitive, affective, behavioral; 3) coverage of principles, issues and trends in the psychology of counseling; and 4) self-awareness, as it relates to the counseling process. Practical application is stressed. Students are provided early and continuous skill practice with personalized feedback and coaching. Continuous opportunities for expanding awareness of the self of the counselor will be provided.

    Mental Health Counseling Course Requirements and Credit Hours

    PSYC 506 Counseling Development and Transition Across the Lifespan (4)
    PSYC 520 Tactics of Psychological Research (4)
    PSYC 535 Introduction to Mental Health Counseling (4)
    PSYC 542 Career Counseling (4)
    PSYC 544 Counseling Theory and Techniques (4)
    PSYC 545 Appraisal in Mental Health Counseling (4)
    PSYC 548 Counseling Children and Adolescents (4)
    PSYC 569 Family Systems and Parent Education (4)
    PSYC 575 DSM Treatment Issues for Counselors (4)
    PSYC 576 Professional Issues in Mental Health Counseling (3)
    PSYC 580 Consultation in the Counseling Profession (2)
    PSYC 583 Group Experience (1)
    PSYC 584 Group Theory (2)
    PSYC 585 Group Process in Counseling (2)
    PSYC 587 Addictive Behavior Counseling (4)
    PSYC 588 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Counseling (4)
    PSYC 590 Diversity Counseling (3)
    PSYC 592 Suicide Assessment (1)
    PSYC 603 Professional Portfolio (3)
    PSYC 694 Practicum (12 total - 4 PrePracticum & 8 Practicum)
    PSYC 697 Internship (20)

    Course Number

    Name Day of Week Time Credits Year Quarter
    506 Counseling Development Across the Lifespan R 8-11:50 4 1 fall
    535 Intro to MH counseling (MH only) M 8-11:50 4 1 fall
    540 Intro to School Counseling (SC only) M 8-11:50 4 1 fall
    544 Counseling theory and techniques T 8-11:50 4 1 fall
    584 Group Theory T 1-2:50 2 1 fall
    583 Group Experience *this will likely be in Spokane around 5 pm on a weeknight. TBD TBD 1 1 fall
                 
    580 Consultation M 10-11:50 2 2 fall
    542 Career T 8-11:50 4 2 fall
    603 Professional Portfolio SelfDirected SelfDirected 1 2 fall
    697 Internship: MH M 8-10 5 2 fall
    697 Internship: SC M 1-3 5 2 fall
                 
    548 Counseling children and adolescents T 8-11:50 4 1 winter
    590 Diversity Counseling R 9-11:50 3 1 winter
    694 PrePrac MH W 8-11:50 4 1 winter
    694 PrePrac SC W 8-11:50 4 1 winter
    575 DSM Treatment Issues F 8-11:50 4 1 winter
    585 Group Process T 1-2:50 2 1 winter
                 
    603 Professional Portfolio SelfDirected SelfDirected 1 2 winter
    697 Internship MH M  1-3 5 2 winter
    697 Internship SC M  1-3 5 2 winter
    547 Assessment in SC (SC only)   T 8-11:50 4 2 winter
    545 Advanced Appraisal Techniques: MH (MH only) T 8-11:50 4 2 winter
    569 Family systems & parent education M 8-11:50 4 2 winter
                 
    694 Practicum (one section for MH/one for SC) W TBD 8 1 spring
    588 Crisis Intervention & Trauma Counseling T 8-11:50 4 1 spring
    592  Suicide Assessment & Treatment TBD TBD                    1                  1 spring
    520 Tactics of Psychological Research M 8-11:50 4 1 spring
                 
    594 Professional Issues in SC (SC only) M 10-11:50 2 2 spring
    576 Professional Issue in MH Counseling (MH only) M 9-11:50 3 2 spring
    587 Addictive behavior counseling T 8-11:50 4 2 spring
    603 Professional Portfolio Self-Directed Self-Directed 1 2 spring
    697 Internship MH  M 1-3 5 2 spring
    697 Internship SC  M 1-3 5 2 spring
                 
    697 Internship MH TBD 5 3-hour meetings 5 Between year 1&2 Summer
    508 Classroom Management SC TBD   3 Between year 1&2 Summer
    582 Advanced SC  TBD   4 Between year 1&2 Summer

       

     Successful completion of both comprehensive examination and an oral interview of practical applications is required for graduation.

    Minimum total credits for above master's degree 93 credits

    Graduate Application Instructions for this program here.

    Contact Information

    Nick Jackson, PhD
    Department Chair
    135 Martin Hall, Cheney, WA 99004

    email: psychology@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.6227
    fax: 509.359.4366

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