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  Jan 16, 2018
 
 
    
2017 - 2018 Graduate Catalog

School Psychology & Counselor Education (SPACE)


Degree Programs in School Psychology & Counselor Education (SPACE)  

 

School Psychology

The school psychology program incorporates a developmental course of study that ensures students' learning is appropriately sequenced and coordinated with relevant practical experiences. The school psychology program curriculum has been structured with three major emphases: (1) psychological and educational foundations; (2) clinical training in assessment linked to intervention, consultation & collaboration, and prevention & intervention; and (3) effective application of skills in school settings.

CACREP Accredited Counseling Programs

The M.Ed. Program in Counseling is organized into a series of required educational and research foundation courses, basic counseling courses, and specialized courses that enable a student to concentrate in one of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling, School Counseling or Couples, Marriage & Family Counseling emphasis.  All M.Ed. emphasis include intensive practicum and internship experiences that provide students with substantial opportunities to develop their clinical skills under qualified supervision.  The goal of the M.Ed. program is to prepare students to become competent and qualified professional counselors, leaders and advocates for those they serve in public and private schools and community mental health settings.

The Doctoral program in Counselor Education is designed to evaluate the theory and practice of counseling through quantitative and qualitative research and to prepare educators and leaders in the field of counseling. Students take doctoral seminars in selected counseling research topics, courses in statistics and research, a counseling practicum, a counselor education internship, and electives approved by their advisors. The goal of the doctoral program is to encourage students to extend their abilities in creative didactic and experiential activities, while developing critical thinking skills and a focused research agenda.

Licensure in Counseling 

Professional Counselor in Virginia (LPC)

At this time in Virginia, licensure as a Professional Counselor requires a master's level degree in counseling, 60 hours of graduate course work in counseling, a 3400 hour, post-master's clinical residency , and successful completion of the licensure examination.  The programs of study for all of the M.Ed. degrees in Counseling at The College of William includes all the required areas of classroom and clinical instruction needed for licensure as a Professional Counselor in Virginia and most states. 

Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner in Virginia (LSATP)

The program of studies for the Community & Addictions Counseling program also meets the coursework and clinical instruction requirements for licensure in Virginia as a Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner.

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in Virginia (CSAC)

The program of studies for the Community & Addictions Counseling program also meets the coursework and clinical instruction requirements for licensure in Virginia as a Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner.   

Marriage & Family Therapist in Virginia

The program of studies for the Family Counseling program also meets the coursework and clinical instruction requirements for licensure in Virginia as a Marriage & Family Therapist and most other states.

For more information about licensing requirements by the state of Virginia: http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling/.

The Counseling Clinics

The Counseling Program features a teaching clinic offering state-of-the-art clinical training for students and providing two vital services to the William & Maryand surrounding communities.  The New Horizons Family Counseling Center is the product of the collaborative efforts of New Horizons Regional Educational Center and the School of Education at The College of William & Mary.  The New Leaf Clinic provides brief counseling (6-10 sessions), teo session assessment and feedback sessions, and group counseling to students at William & Mary with issues related to the use of alcohol or other drugs.  Counselors at the New Leaf assess student's behaviors and attitudes relating to alcohol and other drugs with research-validated instruments and conduct interventions using Motivational Interviewing techniques.  Motivational Interviewing is a "cutting edge", evidence-based intervention program that as proved effective for motivating change in substance use.  It emphasizes clients' choice.

Honors Designation

In order for a student to receive the Honors designation on his or her transcript for the comprehensive exams, all components (the standard exam, the candidacy paper, and the oral exam) must be judged at the Honors level. The Honors designation will be announced at the time of graduation during the recognition of degrees at the School of Education graduation ceremony.