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MASTER OF COUNSELINGPROGRAM HANDBOOK2016-2017Revised 10/25/2016

LETTER FROM THE FACULTY HEADDear Applicant,Thank you for your interest in the Master of Counseling (MC) program in clinical mental healthcounseling at Arizona State University. Our clinical mental health counseling program, which isaccredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs(CACREP), prepares counselors for practice in mental health, education, and social servicesettings. Upon graduating and passing the National Counselor Examination, graduates areeligible to become Licensed Associate Counselors (LAC) in Arizona. After completing two years(3200 hours) of supervised clinical work, LACs are eligible to become Licensed ProfessionalCounselors (LPC).Each year, we select a class of 45-50 students. We seek students with academic excellence,relevant work and life experiences, and superior letters of recommendation. Ideally, anapplicant would have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5, GRE test scores in the 90thpercentile or above, and at least a year of work or volunteer experience in a helping setting. Wereview applicants holistically, so a weakness in one area (e.g., low GRE scores) could be offsetby other strengths. Importantly, we value multicultural knowledge, awareness, and skills.Applicants should get an early start by taking admissions exams and soliciting letters ofrecommendation as soon as possible, as the deadlines are firm. For more detail please reviewthe Program Admission section of this document.We hold group information sessions during the fall semester. We will post dates and times onour website after September 15. Please join us to learn more about the MC program.Again, thank you for your interest. We look forward to reviewing your application.Sincerely,Lisa B. Spanierman, PhDProfessor and Faculty HeadRev. 10/20161

CONTENTSMISSION STATEMENTSPECIFIC GOALS OF TRAININGTRAINING VALUES OF THE MASTER OF COUNSELING PROGRAMPROGRAM ADMISSIONCACREP VITAL STATISTICS ON STUDENTSPROGRAM REQUIREMENTSPROGRAM TRACKSCURRICULAMC COURSE SEQUENCINGCLINICAL TRAININGPROGRAM POLICIESISSUES RELEVANT TO ALL MC STUDENTSPERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTSACADEMIC INTEGRITYACADEMIC APPEALS POLICYEVALUATION AND DISMISSAL POLICIESCOUNSELING FACULTYMC ADMISSIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)APPENDIX A – MC COURSE SEQUENCEAPPENDIX B – MC COURSE CHECKLISTAPPENDIX C – MC PRACTITIONER TRACK ELECTIVESAPPENDIX D – MC PRACTITIONER TRACK PRE-APPROVED OUTSIDE ELECTIVESAPPENDIX E – COMPREHENSIVE WRITTEN EXAMINATIONAPPENDIX F – MASTER’S THESISAPPENDIX G – SAMPLE REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR MASTER’S THESISRev. 10/20162

MISSION STATEMENTThe mission of the Master of Counseling (MC) program in clinical mental health counseling is toprepare students to become clinical mental health counselors, culturally competent to workwith diverse clientele in a variety of mental health settings in Arizona and other states. Clinicalmental health counselors seek to prevent or treat psychological problems and to promote thehealth of individuals, families, groups, and organizations in a culturally-diverse society.SPECIFIC GOALS OF TRAININGTo establish strong professional counselor identities among students and prepare them withfoundational knowledge and skills in the following areas: The history and philosophy of clinical mental health counseling and related helpingprofessions.Ethical standards of professional counseling organizations and credentialing bodies,and applications of ethical and legal considerations in professional counselingCulturally appropriate counseling techniques of assessment, testing, intervention, anddiagnostic evaluation with a variety of clients.Evidence-based counseling strategies and techniques for prevention and intervention.Sociocultural factors that influence mental health across the lifespan.Theories and models of counseling, multicultural counseling, personality, careerdevelop

2009 CACREP Standards that phased out all community counseling programs. Our program now aligns with the 2016 CACREP Standards. The MC program is committed to the scientist practitioner model. One manifestation of that commitment is the three complementary functions of the program's Counselor Training Center: