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					Master of Arts in Counseling Program
          Student Orientation
This orientation will cover:

  v Program Components and Requirements
  v Registration
  v When & how to contact your Academic
  v Academic Appeal Process
  v Graduation
  v The Role of Counseling & Professional Identity
     General Overview of the MA in
    Counseling (Degree Requirements)
v   Advising Sheets
    v   Please be aware of the required course work for the different
        tracks (School or Mental Health)
    v   Background requirements (such as undergraduate leveling
        courses) maybe required for students who do not have a
        background in a related human service field.
    v   Available on our website at:
v   Practicum – Mental Health/School
    v   160 Clock hours to be completed in the School Practicum
    v   150 clock hours to be completed for the Mental Health Practicum
  General Overview of the MA in
       Counseling (cont’d)
v Comprehensive Exam
  v To be taken in the final semester of enrollment
  v Must pass the comprehensive exam as part of
       the requirements for graduation
v The Master of Arts in Counseling is a 36 hour
  master’s degree.
v All students can complete the additional 12 hours
  (at their discretion) and continue on to pursue the
  Licensure for Professional Counselors with the
  State of Texas.
        Unique Requirements for
       School Counseling Students
v Practicum requirements are explained in the
  Counseling Advising Sheets.
v Please be aware that you should not enroll in the
  practicum until the end of your program.
v The practicum is the capstone experience in this
  program. You should be in the last long semester (or
  second to the last, if pursuing all 48 hours toward
  the LPC) when enrolling in the practicum.
v As school counselors, you must have (at minimum)
  two years of teaching experience before receiving
  the school counselor certification.
v Blue & Gold Registration
   v Go to:
   v Click on the icon that says:
   v “Students, Faculty & Advisors, LOGIN HERE”
      Use your university issued ID & 6-digit Date of Birth for login
      Example: ID: K00000001 Birthday is Dec. 12, 1963 PIN: 121263
Please check with the business office for payment deadlines & payment options
v Prerequisites and sequence of courses
   v If there is a prerequisite for a course you would like to enroll in, but have
     not met the prerequisite, then you will not be able to enroll in the course.
v Class Schedule
   v Is accessible and can be printed via blue & gold.
v See your advisor for questions about
  v Course Substitutions                   Catherine P. Olivarez
  v Petitions                    
  v Specific questions regarding degree    Phone: (210) 932-7112
  v Transferring courses from another

v Contacting your advisor
  v “Registration Days”-always before
    the semester begins
  v Contact your advisor via email
  v If an appointment is necessary, your
    advisor will schedule an

v Advisor Availability
  v Plan ahead
  v Keep in mind the time of year
 TAMU-SA Issued E-mail Address
v All admitted students are assigned a Jaguar e-mail
  account. Ex:
v This is the e-mail address faculty and staff will use
  to correspond with students.
v Important university information and
  announcements are sent to this account.
v You may forward all e-mails to your personal e-mail
v Contact Information Technology Office for more
  information about using your jaguar email.
        Academic Appeal Process
A student who is on enforced withdrawal may petition for reinstatement.
Normally, such reinstatement is requested after a student has remained
out of school one long semester; however, under exceptional circumstances,
a petition may be considered earlier.

Student provides a letter containing all explanations, recommendations, or
doctor’s statements in support of the student’s request for reinstatement.
This should be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies.

The graduate program committee will review the petitioner’s letter and
academic record and make a recommendation concerning reinstatement
to the Director of Graduate Studies. If the Petition for Reinstatement is
disapproved, the student may not file another petition until the following
  Educational Leadership and
    Counseling & Guidance
     Department Website:

Go here for forms, announcements, and general
       information about the department.
v You must apply in person at the Welcome
   v Be sure to submit your application prior to
       the deadline
v Commencement vs. Degree Conferment
   v Commencement is the ceremony at which
       recognition is given to those who are in
       candidacy for the degree.
   v The conferment of the degree is when all
       degree/graduation requirements have
       been met and the degree is then awarded
v Students who apply for graduation in a given
  semester, but do not fulfill requirements must
  file a new graduation/degree application on or
  before the appropriate deadline for the next
  semester in which they intend to graduate.
Professional Counseling and
  the Role of a Counselor
    Professional Counselors Defined
 According to the American Counseling Association,
  professional counseling is “the application of mental
  health, psychological or human development
  principles, through cognitive, affective, behavioral or
  systemic interventions, strategies that address
  wellness, personal growth, or career development,
  as well as pathology”
 Licensed Professional Counselor
 State licensure at either the Master’s or
  Doctoral Level
 Qualified to engage in psychotherapy and
  psychological testing
 Not a license to perform projective testing
  (I.e. Rorschach Inkblots)
           School Counselors
 Emphasis to work with children to reduce
  the risk for academic failure
 Work with the child’s personal, social,
  cognitive, academic and emotional lives
 Integrates the services and roles of principles,
  teachers, coaches and parents
 Very broad discipline that includes over 40
  recognized specializations including:
   Industrial/Organizational Psychology
   Clinical Psychology
   Psychometric Assessment
   Neuroscience
   Cognitive Psychology
   Child Psychology
            Licensed Psychologist
 State licenses individuals with Doctoral degrees
 Those with Masters in Psychology are referred to as
  Psychological Associates
 Master’s level individuals are not eligible to become
  Licensed Psychologists and are referred to as
  psychological associates
 Insurance reimbursement granted to Licensed
  Psychologist but not psychological associates
 Allowed to perform projective testing and trained to
  work with individuals with extreme psychopathology
         School Psychologist
 Master’s or doctoral level
 Specialized training with administration of
  tests to children and adolescents
 Intelligence testing and learning disability
 Performance versus intelligence testing
 Usually contracted and hired by school
 Sub-discipline of medicine for treatment of
  emotional disorders
 Generally treated with prescription
 Usually requires a bachelors in pre Med. Or
  other basic “hard” science
 Four years of medical school
 Four year medical residency in psychiatry
 Includes both discipline of psychology and counseling
 Broad goal it relieve emotional based suffering or mental
  disorders by incorporating the “talk therapies”
 Specific goal might include identifying underlying causes of
  emotional pain
 Clinical, counseling psychologists and counselors may use
  psychological testing for assistance with diagnosing
 Psychotherapeutic approaches may vary: some examples
 Traditional Psychoanalysis (Freud)
 Analytical Psychology (Carl Jung)
 Existentialism (Yalom and May)
 Behavioral approaches (Skinnerian)
      Professional Identity
v Texas Counseling Association
v South Texas Counseling Association
v American Counseling Association
v Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  v Information regarding the requirements:
v National Board for Certified Counselors
v The National Counselor Examination
v American School Counselor Association
v Texas School Counselor Association
      How do I become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas?
        Successfully complete the 48-hour Master’s degree in Counseling
        Successfully pass the National Counselor Exam (which is now the exam used by the State of
        Successfully pass the Texas Jurisprudence Exam
        Apply for the LPC-Intern license (called a “temporary license”)
        Complete a 3,000 hour supervised internship (must be under a Licensed Professional
          Counselor Supervisor). Of those 3,000 hours, 1,500 are direct client (group and individual)
          hours. The remaining 1,500 are indirect hours (staffing, consulting, writing up case notes, etc).
        Once the 3,000 hours are completed, one then applies for an “upgrade”. This moves one from
          an LPC Intern to a Licensed Professional Counselor.
           Note:.
           The 3,000 hours CANNOT be completed in less than 18 months.
It is STRONGLY recommended by the faculty that one takes a National Counselor Exam prep course.
 How long is my temporary license valid?
        It is valid for 60 months. There are no extensions.
 How long is my full license valid?
        It is valid for years from the date of issuance. In addition, one must complete 24 clock hours of
          continuing education.
                   FAQ’s (continued)
   What are the admission policies for the counseling program
     Students must apply at After completing an application
       for admission, official transcripts from ALL colleges or universities attended
       must be submitted.
   Who would I contact if I wanted to speak to someone about the admission process
     You can contact the Welcome Center at (210) 932-6200 for questions about your
       application for admission.
   Would I have an advisor and if so who would be my advisor?
     The Academic Advisor for the program is Catherine Olivarez.
   How many hours can I transfer from another counseling program
     The Department of Leadership & Counseling will allow only 6 semester credit
       hours of transfer from another program. The courses must be equivalent to
       courses we require in our program.
   Do I have to take the GRE to enroll in the counseling program?
     No. Students can take either the MAT (Miller Analogies Test) OR the GRE
       (Graduate Record Examination).
   Would I be able to start the program before taking the MAT or GRE?
     Yes. Currently, students with a higher GPA may be able to gain admission
       prior to having the official GRE or MAT Scores on file.
     More Questions?
 Dr. Albert Valadez, Chair, Department of Leadership &
 Dr. Suzanne Mudge, Program Coordinator, Counseling &
 Dr. Scott Peters,
 Dr. Katrina Cook,
 Dr. Mary Mayorga,
 Catherine Olivarez, Academic Advisor,
We’re happy to help and answer any questions you may have.

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