The SFASU Counselor Education Program has a long history of successfully training counselors to serve in a variety of settings across the state and the nation. The program consists of a core training in professional counseling in which students can choose to major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, or Rehabilitation Counseling. Our program meets the highest national standards for the training of professional counselors as evidenced by our accreditations through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling Related Programs (CACREP), Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Our graduates are the candidates of choice for many employers in the area and in the state.
We pride ourselves in knowing our students as individuals and providing exceptional training and supervision. The program has an impressive record of 100% passing rate on state licensure and certification exams and 100% placement rate of our graduates. At the conclusion of the program, students take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam, a standardized national exam. Our student scores are consistently at or above the national mean.
Courses in the core curriculum taken by all students include: Introduction to Counseling, Theories of Counseling, Skills and Techniques in Counseling, Seminar in Counseling Research, Assessment in Counseling, Lifespan Development, Mental Health Counseling, Group Counseling, Vocational and Educational Information, Multicultural Counseling, Family Counseling, Child and Adolescent Therapy, Practicum, and Internship.
All students complete a 100-hour internship by seeing clients in the SFASU Counseling Clinic. Upon successful completion of Practicum, students complete a 600-hour internship in a community, school, or rehabilitation setting.
All students must complete a undergraduate General Psychology course and an Abnormal Psychology course prior to admission or in the first two semesters after admission. In addition to those courses, Rehabilitation Counseling students must have Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling, Vocational Evaluation and Job Placement of Persons with Severe Disabilities, and Rehabilitation of Individuals with Severe Disabilities. School Counseling students must have Survey of Exceptionalities or Trends in Educating Exceptional Children.
CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
The 60 hour CACREP accredited program prepares individuals for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential. With this credential, professionals are licensed to work in hospitals, state agencies, private practices, clinics, and non-profit organizations. In addition to the core courses listed above, CMHC students also take: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling, Seminar: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling.
The 48 hour CACREP and NCATE accredited program is a dual credentialing program leading to the Certified School Counselor (CSC) and the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Upon completion of credentialing requirements, professionals are eligible to work in Texas public schools or any of the settings in which an LPC can be employed. In order to obtain the CSC credentials, individuals must be a certified teacher with a minimum of two years of classroom teaching experience. Applicants must already hold teaching credentials prior to being admitted to the program. Students are discouraged from entering the graduate program during their first year of teaching. In addition to the core curriculum courses, students also take: The School Counselor and School Counseling Programs.
This 48-hour CORE accredited program is a dual credentialing program leading to the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). SFASU Rehabilitation Counseling graduates are highly sought after to work in State agencies and other rehabilitation settings. The program has been awarded a federal training grant that provides financial support for a limited number of students in the program. In addition to the core curriculum, Rehabilitation Students also take: Medical Orientation to Counseling and Psychosocial Aspects of Counseling.
APPLICATION TO COUNSELING PROGRAMS INFORMATION:
All admission materials must be received by the Counselor Education Admissions Committee prior to following deadlines:
Fall admission - July 1
Spring admission - Nov. 1
Summer admission - April 1
Before your admission to the counselor education program can be considered, we require the following:
To the Graduate School
1. Application to the Graduate School with all transcripts. Apply on line at
2. A $25.00 application fee.
3. Verbal and Quantitative Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Graduate School Application, Application Fee, Transcript, and GRE Scores are to be sent to the Graduate School, Stephen F. Austin State University, P.O. Box 13024, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962.
To the Counselor Education Program Admissions Committee
1. Autobiographical letter of application - Your responses to the following questions should total 2-4 pages typed and double-spaced.
Why did you choose counseling as a possible career and what life experiences have led you to your decision to enter the helping profession?
Each person has people who are important and whose feelings and opinions are valued. Tell something about your "reference group" (those people who are valued), and indicate who they are and how they have affected you.
2. Three letters of recommendation along with the Counselor Education Programs Recommendation Form (rec form) One letter should be from a professional in the field of counseling, if possible.
3. Current Resume
Please return your autobiographical letter, three letters of recommendation and SFASU Recommendation Forms, resume, and Personal Data Form to:
Dr. Le'Ann Solmonson
Stephen F. Austin State University
Department of Human Services
Box 13019, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3019
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