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 personal/social 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 provide professional academic, career, and personal/social services to people from diverse cultural backgrounds. 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. Similar to ACA, VCA has several divisions as well as local branches throughout the Commonwealth. Our local branch is the Jefferson Area Counselor Association. We encourage you to join VCA and JCA early on in your program. This is an excellent way to learn more about our profession and to become involved in issues and activities that can influence the delivery of counseling services in Virginia. We have VCA applications in the Counselor Education Resource Room. You may access information about VCA and JCA at: www.vcacounselors.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 masters’ 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).