The Master of Arts in Counseling program prepares counseling practitioners in two tracks of study, clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. This is a full time, on campus program.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Where Clinical mental health counselors work:
- mental-health centers
- juvenile treatment centers
- correctional facilities
- outpatient mental-health centers
- private practice
Where Clinical mental health counselors work:
- drugs and alcohol addiction
- severely mentally challenged
- grief counseling
- crisis counseling
WVU’s school counseling program trains professional school counselors to work with students in pre-K-Adult settings. Professional school counselors provide school counseling programs that offer education, prevention, and intervention to address the diverse and complex needs of children and adolescents as they progress across the developmental lifespan. Counselors work with a wide variety of stakeholders including teachers, parents, administrators, local business leaders, and community leaders to insure preparation of productive future community members.
The program trains students in counseling interventions, theories, and techniques as well as how to plan, design, and implement a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program. Students learn to structure comprehensive school counseling programs based on both the American School Counselor Association’s National Model as well as the West Virginia Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Program Model.
Applicants should want to work with people and make a difference. We accept applications from other majors although preference is given to those who have degrees in some kind of people-oriented majors. Consideration for part-time schedules is provided, however applicants must be able to attend classes during the day and complete a day-time internship. The Master of Arts in Counseling program does not offer courses online.
To be considered for admission, students must have:
- A baccalaureate degree with coursework in appropriate areas
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
- 290 or better on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- Complete Graduate Application
- Personal Statement
In addition to the Graduate Application we require a personal statement. Please include answers to the following questions in your personal statement. Upload the complete personal statement to your Graduate Application.
- How has your interest in Counseling developed?
- What is your present concept of Counseling?
- What experiences (not necessarily, work related) have lead you to believe that you could work with people in a helping capacity?
- Briefly describe your academic and professional goals as a Counselor (include your employment objectives).
The Practicum course is taken in the third semester. Students are required to be at their community or school sites for one to two days each week for the entire semester, and begin seeing clients shortly after beginning the placement. Students receive extensive supervision during this portion of their training.
One hour per week is devoted to individual supervision by the university supervisor. An additional hour per week of supervision is provided by the site supervisor. Students also have group supervision once a week, during which they process cases and developmental issues together.
The internship is a full-time placement at a counseling or school site five days a week. Students spend least three hours daily providing direct counseling services to clients. The site supervisor provides regular supervision. There is also weekly group supervision in which students can share issues or concerns and refine their skills.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling students engage in many activities to develop a good understanding of what a counselor does. They often are involved in case consultations, staffing of clients, crisis counseling, and other related activities. In most settings, students observe others doing individual and group counseling and lead or co-lead groups.
School Counseling students follow the schedule of their site supervisors and learn all aspects of counseling. They work closely with the site supervisor. The faculty supervisor also works with students in the continued refinement of effective classroom guidance and consultation skills with teachers and parents.
The School Counseling specialty licensure area offered at our EPP has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Education. The West Virginia Department of Education organizes and monitors the approval process for new licensure areas and changes to existing licensure areas offered through a preparation program. The Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) at WVU is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) eligible provider. WVU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
This program is one of two counselor education program in the state of West Virginia that is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).