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Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services

Major: CPS_MEDCPL
Degree Awarded: MED
Unit: GE
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/education/degrees/med-cps-csp


Program Information

Master's degree applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and obtain a minimum combined score of 800 on the verbal and quantitative sections. Applicants must have earned a minimum 2.75 grade point average (GPA) in an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

Applicants for the concentration in Counseling Psychology must obtain a score of 900 on the verbal and quantitative section of the GRE. Also, applicants for this concentration must have earned a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. If the applicant meets one of the above standards and does not meet the other (e.g., receives scores between 700-799 on the GRE, or earns between a 2.50-2.74 GPA), he/she may be considered for admission in a conditional status.

Additionally, all applicants should submit (2) letters of recommendation and a statement of professional goals not to exceed 750 words. Deadlines for completed applications are March 1st for the summer and fall semesters and October 1st for the spring semester. (Extended deadline of June 15 for fall if spaces are available after the March 1 deadline).



Curriculum


Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Initial Assessment:Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies & Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.
General Requirement: Undergraduate prerequisite: Course in abnormal psychology 1
 
Core Professional Area (total 30 hours)
 
ELFH 600 Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics 2 3
ECPY 540 Evaluation & Measurement 3
ECPY 605 Human Development
3
ECPY 619 Empirical and Theoretical Foundations of Counseling & Psychotherapy 3
ECPY 629 Theories and Techniques of Counseling & Psychotherapy 3
ECPY 650 Group Process & Practice 3
ECPY 663 Multicultural & Diversity Issues 3
ECPY 670 Career Counseling      
3
ECPY 730 Social, Legal & Ethical Issues
3
 
Mid-Point Assessment:Prior to ECPY 672 Practicum: Must complete ECPY 629 with at least a grade of  "B".
ECPY 672 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3
3
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration (total 24 hours)
ECPY 621 Differential Diagnosis & Treatment in Counseling
3
ECPY 626 Consultation 
3
ECPY 640 Assessment Methods for Counselors     
3
ECPY 682 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
3
ECPY 682 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 
3
ECPY 601 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling 
3
ECPY 639 Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse 3
ELFH 601 Applied Statistics                                                                 
3
Professional Electives from the 9 areas designated in Curriculum Guidelines for CACREP and LPCC  (total 6 hours) 4
6
Minimum total hours: 60
 
Degree Assessment:All program coursework with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
 
1.       Students admitted to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program who have not completed a course in abnormal psychology are required to take PSYC 385: Abnormal Psychology as a prerequisite to the program. Students who have successfully completed a graduate-level course in abnormal psychology at another institution can transfer it into the program as an elective course.
2.       ELFH 600 must be taken within the first 9 hours.
3.       At least 700 hours of field placement must be completed during the practicum and 2 internships including at least 280 direct service hours. CACREP requires that 600 hours be completed during the internships.
 
CACREP and Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors Curriculum Guidelines:
1.     The helping relationship, including counseling theory and practice
2.     Human growth and development
3.     Lifestyle and career development
4.     Group dynamics, process, counseling, and consulting
5.     Assessment, appraisal, and testing of individuals
6.     Social and cultural foundations, including multicultural issues
7.     Principles of etiology, diagnosis, treatment planning, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior
8.     Research and evaluation
9.     Professional orientation and ethics.
 

School Counseling (P-12)

 Initial Assessment: Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and School Counseling Program
General Requirement: Undergraduate prerequisites as required by concentration
 
Core Professional Area (total 30 hours)
 
ECPY 540      Evaluation and Measurement in Education  
3
ECPY 619      Empirical and Theoretical Foundations of Counseling and Psychotherapy 3
ECPY 605      Human Development 3
ECPY 630      Theories and Techniques of School Counseling 3
ECPY 650      Group Process and Practice 3
ECPY 663      Multicultural and Diversity Issues 3
ECPY 670      Career Development and Counseling 3
ECPY 730      Social, Legal, & Ethical Issues in Counseling 3
ELFH 600      Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics 3
 
Mid-Point Assessment:Prior to Practicum in School Counseling: Students must earn at least a grade of "B" in ECPY 630 & satisfactory completion of midpoint portfolio to be completed in ECPY 624
ECPY    674      Practicum in School Counseling
3
School Counseling Concentration (total 21 hours)
 
ECPY    611      Learning Systems: Theory and Practice 3
ECPY    624      Foundations of School Counseling 3
ECPY    626      Consultation 3
ECPY    639      Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse 3
ECPY    640      Assessment Methods for Counselors 3
ECPY    684      Internship in School Counseling (Two internships are required for CACREP accreditation)
3
ECPY    684      Internship in School Counseling
3
MINIMUM TOTAL HOURS 51
 

Notes: ECPY 674 Practicum in School Counseling must be applied for by March 1 for Fall term and October 1 for Spring term.

1.       Students must earn at least a B in ECPY 630 to be eligible to enroll in ECPY 674 School Counseling Practicum.

2.       For school counseling certification, a grade of “B” or better is required in ECPY 674.

3.       Transfer of credit is dependent upon receipt of transcript and advisor’s approval.

4.       Upon admission, students have six years to complete the program.

5.       All students must have liability insurance prior to taking practicum.

6.       At any point after admission, the faculty reserve the right to review a student’s fitness on the basis of personal characteristics, for continuing in the counseling or student personnel program. Such a review shall be initiated upon written recommendation of two faculty members and shall consist of a review of the student’s academic result in a recommendation to the Dean for (1) continuation of the student in the program, (2) continuation for a specified provisional period with specific conditions for continuation thereafter, or (3) dismissal from the program.

7.       The program requires the acceptable completion of a program portfolio.

8.       The program is not official unless signed by both advisor and student.

 

College Student Personnel 

Initial Assessment: Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies & College Student Personnel Program
Core Professional Area (total 30 hours)
 
ELFH 600 Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics 3
ECPY 660 Introduction to Student Personnel Works 3
ECPY 661 Theories of College Student Development 3
ECPY 623 Helping Skills for Student Affairs Professionals 3
ECPY 662 Student Affairs Programs,Policies, and Practices 3
ECPY 663 Multicultural and Diversity Issues  3
ECPY 664 College Student Sub-Cultures 3
ECPY 670 Career Counseling 3
ECPY 761 Program development & Evaluation in Student Affairs 3
 
Mid-Point Assessment: Prior to Internship in College Student Personnel Services: Must complete ECPY 660
ECPY 681 Internship in College Student Personnel Services 3
College Student Personnel Concentration (total 9 hours)
 
ECPY 681 Internship in College Student Personnel Services 3
ELFH 682 The Organization and Administration of Higher Education Institutions 3
ECPY 695 Capstone Seminar in College Personnel Work 3
Professional Elective (3 hours)
3
Minimum total hours: 42

 

Degree Assessment: All program coursework with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
 

Counseling Psychology

Initial Assessment:Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies & Counseling Psychology Program
General Requirement: Undergraduate prerequisite: Degree in psychology or completion of 4 leveling courses.  1
Core Professional Area (total 30 hours)
 
ECPY 540 Evaluation & Measurement
3
ECPY 605 Human Development
3
ECPY 619 Empirical and Theoretical Foundations of Counseling & Psychotherapy 3
ECPY 629 Theories and Techniques of Counseling & Psychotherapy 3
ECPY 650 Group Process & Practice 3
ECPY 663 Multicultural & Diversity Issues 3
ECPY 670 Career Counseling 3
ECPY 730 Social, Legal & Ethical Issues 3
ELFH 600 Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics 2 3
 

Mid-Point Assessment:Prior to ECPY 673 Practicum: Must complete ECPY 629 with at least a gade of "B".

ECPY 673 Practicum in Counseling Psychology 3
3
Counseling Psychology Concentration (total 24 hours)
 
ECPY 611 Learning Systems 3
ECPY 621 Differential Diagnosis & Treatment in Counseling 3
ECPY 648 Psychological Assessment I
3
ECPY 649 Psychological Assessment II 3
ECPY 673 Practicum in Counseling Psychology 3 3
ECPY 683 Internship in Counseling Psychology 3 3
ECPY 775 Biological Bases of Behavior
3
ELFH 601 Applied Statistics  
3
Professional Electives (6 hours)
6
Minimum total hours:
60
 
Degree Assessment:All program coursework with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
 
1.       Students admitted to the Counseling Psychology Program who have not completed an undergraduate degree in psychology must complete four leveling courses in the areas of developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, social psychology, and statistics/research design for the social sciences.
2.       ELFH 600 must be taken within the first 9 hours.
3.       At least 900 hours of field placement must be completed during the two practicums and internship. No less than 10 and no more than 20 hours per week are required during the two practicums. Counseling psychology students take one practicum in counseling, and one practicum in psychological assessment.
 

Art Therapy

Initial Assessment:Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies & Art Therapy Program
General Requirement: Undergraduate prerequisite includes 18 credit hours in studio art and 15 credit hours in psychology. 1
Core Professional Area (total 30 hours)
ECPY 540 Evaluation & Measurement in Education
3
ECPY 605 Human Development
3
ECPY 619 Empirical and Theoretical Foundations of Counseling & Psychotherapy 3
ECPY 629 Theories and Techniques of Counseling & Psychotherapy 3
ECPY 650 Group Process & Practice 3
ECPY 663 Multicultural & Diversity Issues (section taught by an ATR) 3
ECPY 670 Career Counseling 3
ECPY 730 Social, Legal & Ethical Issues (section taught by an ATR) 3
ELFH 600 Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics 3
  
Mid-Point Assessment:Prior to ECPY 676 Practicum: Must complete ECPY 643 with at least a grade of "B".
ECPY 676 Practicum in Art Therapy - Counseling 2
3
Art Therapy Concentration (total 24 hours)
 
ECPY 621 Differential Diagnosis & Treatment in Counseling 3
ECPY 632 Clinical Art Therapy I: Theories 3
ECPY 633 Clinical Art Therapy II: Assessment and Practice 3
ECPY 638 Group Art Therapy Techniques 3
ECPY 639 Research in Art Therapies 3
ECPY 641 Applied Methods in Art Therapies 3
ECPY 643 Field Studies in Art Therapy 3
ECPY 676 Practicum in Art Therapy - Counseling 2 3
Minimum total hours 60
 
Professional Elective from the educational areas designated in Curriculum Guidelines for LPCC and ATR (6 hours) 3
Art Therapy elective include, but are not limited to, the following: ECPY 653 Medical/Grief Counseling in Art Therapy, ECPY 655 Art for Children with Special Needs, and ECPY 694 Chemical and Substance Abuse in Art Therapy.
 
Degree Assessment:All program coursework with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
 
1.       Students admitted to the Art Therapy Program who have not completed prerequisites of 15 hours in Psychology and 18 credit hours in Studio Art must do so within the first year of study.

2.       At least 700 hours of field placement must be completed during field studies and two practicums. Ten hours per week are required during field studies. No less than 20 hours per week are required during the two practicums.

American Art Therapy Associate (AATA) Educational Standards

1.     History and theory of art therapy

2.     Techniques of practice in art therapy

3.     Applications of art therapy with people in different treatment settings

4.     Group work

5.     Art therapy assessment

6.     Ethical and legal issues of art therapy practice

7.     Standards of practice in art therapy

8.     Cultural and social diversity

Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors Curriculum Guidelines: 3

1.   The helping relationship, including counseling theory and practice

2.   Human growth and development

3.    Lifestyle and career development

4.   Group dynamics, process, counseling, and consulting

5.   Assessment, appraisal, and testing of individuals

6.   Social and cultural foundations, including multicultural issues

7.   Principles of etiology, diagnosis, treatment planning, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior

8.   Research and evaluation

9.   Professional orientation and ethics.



Departmental Faculty


Jill Adelson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Stephanie Budge, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Nancy Cunningham, Ph.D.

Professor

Michael Cuyjet, Ed.D.

Professor

John Dewell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Eileen Estes, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Patrick Hardesty, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Amy Hirschy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Mark Leach, Ph.D.
Professor

Assistant Department Chair

Jason Osborne, Ph.D.
Professor

Department Chair

Jesse Owen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Patrick Possel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Bridgette O. Pregliasco, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor

Daya Sandhu, Ed.D.

Professor

Natalie Stipanovic, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Jeffrey Valentine, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Hongryun Woo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Thomas R. Jackson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty

Fred W. Rhodes, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty

Gale S. Rhodes, Ed.D.
Adjunct Faculty

Assistant University Provost



Contact Information

Counseling and Personnel Services - MEd.

Contact Department for more information:
(502)852-6884
 

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