Counseling Curriculum
The Clinical Mental Health (formerly "Community Counseling") and School Counseling Programs at WCU are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Both programs are sixty (60) hours. CACREP establishes standards for core curriculum areas for all students and for field placement requirements.

Requirements in both programs include thirty-nine hours in specified core coursework:

  • a three-semester-credit 150 hour practicum
  • a three-semester-credit 600 hour full-time internship
  • specific course requirements in each program area.

Coursework for incoming students typically begins in the fall.


 

The counseling core curriculum follows:

COUN 602, Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling
COUN 605, The Helping Relationship
COUN 610, Family Counseling
COUN 615, Cross-Cultural Counseling
COUN 617, Substance Abuse Counseling
COUN 625, Developmental Perspectives in Counseling
COUN 630/631, Theories and Techniques of Counseling
COUN 633, Crisis Counseling
COUN 635, Group Methods in Counseling
COUN 640, Measurement and Appraisal in Counseling
COUN 650, Career Development
COUN 667, The DSM and Effective Treatment in Counseling
COUN 670, Research in Counseling


 

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program also requires:

COUN 623, Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN 624, Grant Writing and Program Management
COUN 686, Practicum in Counseling, a 150 hour field placement in a community counseling setting
COUN 687, Internship in Counseling, a 600 hour field placement in a community counseling setting
as well as guided counseling electives totaling 12 additional credit hours


 

The School Counseling Program also requires:

 

COUN 660, School Counseling Program Development
COUN 665, Implementing School Counseling Programs
COUN 620, Counseling Children and Adolescents
COUN 645, Consultation and Collaboration
A guided counseling elective
COUN 686, Practicum in Counseling, a 150 hour field placement in a school
COUN 687, Internship in Counseling, a 600 hour field placement in a school
The PRAXIS exam is also required by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for state licensure as a school counselor.

 

For more information about our course offerings, see the WCU Graduate Catalog.

 

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