The Curry School of Education has designed this program of study to prepare students to become accountable, competent, and reflective counselors who promote the academic, career, and emotional development of PK - 16 youth. Our goal is to be a national model for master’s preparation of professional counselors specializing in school counseling and working with ages PK-16. Upon graduation, our students are able to deliver comprehensive programs that address the academic, career, and emotional needs of an increasingly diverse population. They are also proficient in evaluating programmatic interventions. In addition, they demonstrate a commitment to advocacy as competent school counselors who address individual and systemic barriers to educational achievement and personal development in the context of a comprehensive developmental school counseling program.
Counselor Education Student Handbook
Professional associations are vital to the productive professional life of counselors. Faculty members expect students to join appropriate associations. Membership dues are usually less for students, and members receive professional newsletters, journals, announcements of professional activities, updates about federal legislation and policies that have an impact on counseling services and on professional counselors, and opportunities to network. In addition, members are offered professional liability insurance at reduced rates.
Application forms for the American Counseling Association (ACA) are available through ACA. ACA also has a number of divisions that focus on specialty areas (e.g., counselor education and supervision, group counseling, mental health, school, assessment, creativity in counseling, spirituality). You may access information about ACA and its divisions at: http://www.counseling.org. You may also contact ACA at 5999 Stevenson Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304-3300; or 1-800-347-6647.
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more than 27,000 professional school counselors around the globe. http://www.schoolcounselor.org/
The Virginia Counselors Association (VCA) is a state branch of the ACA. Similarly, the Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA) is a state branch of the ASCA. These are excellent ways to learn more about our profession and to become involved in issues and activities that can influence the delivery of counseling services in Virginia. You can learn more at www.vcacounselors.org and www.vsca.org.
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Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Counselor Education program area at the Curry School of Education is CACPREP accredited. All master's degree students in counseling are required to take 33 credit hours of core courses in the eight foundational areas as specified by CACREP. In addition to the core courses, students must take 18 credit hours of courses specific to their area of specialization (e.g. School Counseling).