Counseling (Master of Science)
The Counseling Program provides professional preparation for individuals who wish to work as counselors in schools, colleges, community mental health, social service agencies or private practice. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). It meets the requirements set by the State of Vermont Department of Education for preparing school counselors (K-12) for licensure in Vermont, and the academic requirements set by the Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners for preparing clinical mental health counselors for licensure in Vermont.
To achieve professional competence, students are expected to become knowledgeable and skilled in the following areas: professional identity, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, assessment, research and program evaluation. A supervised internship in an appropriate field setting is of major importance in the program.
The specific composition of a student's program, designed with the assistance of a faculty advisor, is based on University, College, and Program requirements as well as the individual student's background, current needs and desires, and future goals. Learning experiences consist of a balance between theory and supervised practice.
In addition to the general application procedures, a resume and a group interview are required of each qualified applicant. For a more detailed description of the program visit our Web Site or contact The University of Vermont, Counseling Program, Mann Hall, 208 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05405-1757 (802-656-3888 or Counseling.Program@uvm.edu).
The Counseling Program offers two specialty tracks: school counseling and mental health counseling. Students may also select the dual option which includes preparation in both specialty tracks. Fifty-one credit hours are required for completion of the school counseling track, sixty credit hours are required for the mental health counseling track and sixty-nine credit hours are required for the dual option. (Note: School counselor licensure in Vermont requires that the individual have at least a 30-credit-hour liberal arts concentration at the undergraduate level.) Successful completion of the program is based on the demonstration of appropriate knowledge, relevant skills, and personal characteristics, as well as the accumulation of credits.