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Graduate Counseling Program

Message from the Program Coordinator, Dr. Jane Okech

The 2013-2014 academic year is off to a great start, with a strong group of new and continuing students. The core faculty (Dr. Anne Geroski, Aaron Kindsvatter, Jane Okech & Lance Smith), and a great team of adjunct faculty (Dr. Eric Nichols, Nancy Weber, Justin Tauscher, Tim Wile & Sarah Sears) are also excited to be back with the program this academic year.  Faculty, staff, students, and their families also joined together at the "EDCOFest" on 8/23/13. Everyone enjoyed the potluck food, great company and a sunny kick-off to the new academic year!

Welcome back everyone and lets have a great academic year.

Dr. Jane Okech
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator

About the Counseling Program

The mission of the Counseling Program at the University of Vermont is to prepare students to work as counseling professionals in culturally and socially diverse school, mental health, and community settings and to act as facilitators of personal and social change.

In the Counseling Program, students have the option to enroll in a 48 credit hour School Counseling program, a 60 credit hour Mental Health Counseling program, or a dual program option with 67 credits. Our program requirements include 600-1000 hours of practicum and internship in a field setting. Please see the Sample Program link to the left to see what a typical program of study can look like.

Core Beliefs

The Counseling Program provides students with a foundation of knowledge and skills necessary for helping others.  Students are also challenged and supported to pursue their own personal and professional growth through feedback and self-reflection, as healthy individuals make the most effective professionals. We also believe that our role of counseling in the community is to promote equity and justice.  These core beliefs are emulated throughout our program objectives and curricular experiences.

Commitment to Diversity, Cultural Pluralism, and Social Justice

The UVM Counseling Program faculty are committed to teaching a diverse body of students and are continually seeking ways to attract students with diverse backgrounds who have a wide range of personal, educational, and professional work and volunteer experiences.  The UVM Counseling Program is committed to training counselors who will be able to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse population.  The Program is therefore committed to recruiting and training students who represent a broad spectrum in terms of age, race, ethnicity, (dis)ability status, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and cultural background.  Just as our faculty has experience working in diverse settings nationally and internationally, our students are prepared to work in a variety of diverse counseling positions. The Program’s adherence to Vermont licensure laws as well as CACREP accreditation standards help to assure that our students are well prepared to work as licensed professionals both in and out of Vermont.

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