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3 MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL COUNSELING and Post-Master s Graduate Certificate COUNSELING offered by the GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF COUNSELING AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT at the GW Alexandria Graduate Education Center 1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 250, Alexandria, VA The George Washington University master s degree program in School is designed to meet the growing needs of K 12 students. By providing instruction in effective interventions to support psychological, behavioral, and career planning, this program prepares school counselors with the skills necessary to address the needs of children, parents, and families. Therefore, school counselors address the challenges of today s youth in the academic setting. Cohort members are a community of career changers from varied backgrounds including government, military, law, private industry, education, and health. The experiences of cohort members benefit the profession of School, and enrich the lives of other students as well as the clients they counsel.
4 What do school counselors do? Why become a school counselor? School Counselors are highly knowledgeable and skilled professionals who provide individual and group counseling, assessment, and consultation. School counseling professionals provide support to individuals experiencing a variety of issues including, but not limited to: self esteem and identity, career development, academic problems, parenting, child, and adolescent issues, stress management, and loss and bereavement. Today s professional school counselor works in collaboration with other helping professionals. Educators, parents, and children are helped to understand and work through issues together. The school counseling program explores current theory and research, provides an understanding of ethical issues, and teaches professional and interpersonal skills on which the practice of counseling is based. Course assignments are designed to provide tangible career benefits for students. Graduates work in both public and private K 12 schools. Students are encouraged to join and become involved in School professional organizations. Local headquarters of the American Association and the American School Counselor Association provide opportunities for direct involvement. Students with a 3.2 grade point average are eligible to join the Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) honorary society and encouraged to take an active role in this educational and service organization. CSI members from the GW Alexandria Center work closely with CSI members on the GW main campus and engage in meaningful activities that advance the School program. p a g e 4
5 ABOUT THE PROGRAM MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT in the field of SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE The School master s degree cohort program is designed for adults with a minimum of three years work experience. Features include: Preparation for professional school counselor licensure Structured two-year accelerated cohort program Evening classes/daytime internships Supervised practicum and internship in K 12 school setting On-site Community Services Center laboratory experience The GW Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the field of School is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which is the nationally recognized agency for the accreditation of graduate programs in counseling. The program is also accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Graduates of the master s program are prepared with coursework and internships necessary to apply for licensure for counseling in K-12 schools. Graduates who wish to continue their studies for private practice licensure are eligible to apply for the GW Post-Master s Graduate Certificate program (12 credit hours). p a g e 5
6 Cohort size is limited to 20 students, all of whom take the same courses in a sequential, ordered format (see prototype schedule below) for a total of 48 credits, accrued over a two year period. Emphasis is placed on experiential learning, in conjunction with didactic methodology. Classes are conducted two nights a week (either Tuesdays and Thursdays or Mondays and Wednesdays) from 6:00 9:40 p.m., for each cohort for two years in the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Practicum and internships in K-12 school settings are planned by students with the Office of Laboratory Experiences of the GW Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Placements may be requested in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland. Students participate in a Supervised Practicum (100 hours) in the second semester of the first year. In the second year, students participate in a year-long Internship (500 hours in a school setting, approximately 22 hours per week). Placements are in both elementary and secondary settings, one semester each. A minimum of 100 hours of internship is completed in the Community Services Center (CCSC) Lab at the GW Alexandria Graduate Education Center. Student interns, working under faculty supervision, provide counseling services to clients from surrounding communities. p a g e 6
7 master s program SAMPLE SCHEDULE FORMAT Total Credits = 48 YEAR 1 SUMMER FALL SPRING CNSL 251 Professional and Ethical Orientation to HDEV Child & Adolescent Development CNSL 257 Individual Assessment in EDUC 295 Introduction to Quantitative Research CNSL 263 Social and Cultural Dimensions of CNSL 253 Interview Skills 14 Weeks CNSL 259 Theories and Techniques of 14 Weeks CNSL 266 Foundations of School K-12/Practicum YEAR 2 SUMMER FALL SPRING CNSL 261 Group HDEV 208 Human Development CNSL 254 Psychosocial Adjustment Elective Elective 7 weeks CNSL 255 Career 14 Weeks CNSL 285 Internship in 14 Weeks CNSL 286 Advanced Internship in p a g e 7
8 MASTER S PROGRAM CURRICULUM All courses are three credits. CNSL 251 Professional and Ethical Orientation to The roles and functions of a professional counselor and the ethical standards that govern the profession. CNSL 253 Interview Skills Acquisition of counseling skills common to all theories through lectures, demonstrations by faculty, role playing, and videotaping. Prerequisite or concurrent registration: CNSL 251. CNSL 254 Psychosocial Adaptation Mental health problems; emphasis on the needs of counselors, teachers, and others working with children, adolescents, and adults. CNSL 255 Career A consideration of theory, practice, and the body of information related to career counseling, choice, and development over the life span. CNSL 257 Individual Assessment in Detailed study of individual analysis and appraisal techniques. Development of systematic case study. CNSL 259 Theories and Techniques of An introduction to basic counseling and psychotherapeutic theories and associated techniques. Prerequisite or concurrent registration: CNSL 251. CNSL 261 Group Principles or group dynamics as related to interaction within groups; techniques and practice in group counseling. Prerequisite or concurrent registration: CNSL 251. CNSL 263 Social and Cultural Dimensions of Basic sociocultural concepts in counseling theory and how they apply to the practice of the counseling profession. Prerequisite or concurrent registration: CNSL 251. CNSL 266 Foundations of School K-12/Practicum Study of the environmental and specialty elements of school counseling, with special attention to the principles and practices of school counseling. Includes supervised practicum in a school setting. CNSL 285 Internship in Part of a two-semester clinical experience for degree candidates in counseling. CNSL 286 Advanced Internship in Part of a two-semester clinical experience for degree candidates in counseling. Prerequisite: CNSL 285. EDUC 295 Introduction to Quantitative Research Development of a conceptual understanding of research design and quantitative analysis options for the consumer of research. Appropriate use of vocabulary and interpretation of research findings. Critique of research articles and/or development of a small-scale proposal. HDEV 208 Lifespan Human Development Continuity and change in developmental attributes. The developing person in relation to social norms, roles, and stage-graded expectations from birth to death. Interaction between biogenetics and environment. HDEV 209 Child Development Normal development and the familial and social antecedents of developmental risk. Environments that foster competent children and developmental sequelae of childhood vulnerability and trauma. Adulthood consequences of child abuse and neglect. (Note: Students must choose either this course or HDEV 210.) HDEV 210 Adolescent Development Key attributes and problems in adolescent development. Normal adolescent development and contemporary social problems in relation to stress, risk, and resilience. (Note: Students must choose either this course or HDEV 209.) Electives, 6 credits p a g e 8
9 POST-MASTER S GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN COUNSELING This 12-credit, four-course, program builds on the strong foundation of the master s degree, engaging students in coursework that enhances their role as counselors and providing additional professional development. It is ideal for individuals seeking the course requirements for private practice licensure*. Offerings include, but are not limited to the following: CNSL 269 Substance Abuse Individual, group, family, and self-help counseling applied to substance abusers. Prerequisite or concurrent registration: CNSL 251. CNSL 271 Family The family as a system: how it affects the client and how the client affects it. Didactic presentations, role playing, and work with simulated families. Prerequisite or concurrent registration: CNSL 251. CNSL 273 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning For counselors and mental health practitioners. Symptoms and treatment of various mental disorders. The process of making psychiatric diagnoses. A variety of treatment strategies are covered, along with their application to various disorders. CNSL 275 Living and Dying: A Perspective Survey of fundamental psychosocial issues surrounding grief, loss, and life-threatening illness. Topics include AIDS, suicide, multiple loss, caregiver s grief, spirituality, and cross-cultural issues. CNSL 290 Advanced Career Expansion of career development theory, concepts, and practice: the helping relationship, delivery systems, current market and economic information, and available resources. Prerequisite: CNSL 255. CNSL 358 Advanced Theories of Current research on counseling and psychotherapy process and outcome; critical analysis of theory with applications for practice and research. *Completion of the GW Post-Masters Graduate Certificate in does not guarantee or imply private practice licensure. Candidates for professional counseling licensure should work directly with their licensing board to determine specific requirements. Individuals are responsible for arranging, separate from this program, any and all clinical supervision required for licensure consideration. p a g e 9
10 ADMISSIONS INFORMATION Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the field of School The School master s cohort program in Alexandria accepts new cohort members for the summer semester only. Applications to the master s program are accepted until the maximum number for the cohort has been reached. The application deadline is April 1. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 Minimum three years work experience Attendance at an Information Session Interview with the Program Director APPLICATION Completed Online Application Form Non-Refundable Application Fee Statement of Purpose Current Resume Two Letters of Recommendation Official Transcripts from all institutions attended Copies of Teaching or Other Certificates GRE or MAT test scores, above the 50th percentile, taken within the last five years The GRE and MAT are waived for applicants pursuing a second master s degree. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (800) Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (800) p a g e 1 0
11 Post-Master s GRADUATE Certificate in The Post-Master s Graduate Certificate program accepts applications for the fall, spring, or summer semester. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Master s degree, conferred within the last seven years, from an accredited institution in a related CACREP (Council for Accreditation of and Related Educational Programs) approved program Graduate GPA of 3.0 or above Interview with the Program Director APPLICATION Completed Online Application Form Non-Refundable Application Fee Statement of Purpose Current Resume Two Letters of Recommendation Official Transcripts from all institutions attended GRE or MAT test scores are NOT required for the Post-Master s Graduate Certificate in. APPLICATION PROCEDURE Apply now via the web an Electronic Graduate Admissions application is available through GW s website at This online process allows you to submit your graduate application and electronically send requests for letters of recommendation, as well as check the status of your application online. Applications are processed on a rolling basis at the Admissions Office of the GW Graduate School of Education and Human Development on the main campus. Submit required documents to: Admissions Office, Graduate School of Education and Human Development The George Washington University 2136 G Street, NW, Washington, DC p a g e 1 1
12 Program faculty Pat Schwallie-Giddis, Ph.D., Department Chair, Associate Professor of ; Director of Graduate Program. Research interests: school counseling, career development, multicultural issues, and students with special needs. Rebecca M. Dedmond, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of ; Director of School program, Alexandria Center. Licensed Professional Counselor. Research interests: school counseling, career development, school to career and life transition, and freshman (8th & 9th grade) transition. Lois Elaine Rhymers, Ed.S., Coordinator of Community Services Center, Alexandria Center, Licensed Professional Counselor. Research interests: women's issues, supervision, integrating foundational fields of counseling. CONTACT INFORMATION Program Director Rebecca M. Dedmond, Ph.D., LPC (703) Program Representative Helen M. Forner (703) Community Services Coordinator Lois Elaine Rhymers, Ed.S., LPC, NCC (703) GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (GSEHD) ADMISSIONS OFFICE COLONIAL CENTRAL Student Financial Assistance, Student Accounts, the Registrar, GWorld, the Cashier, and Veteran Services VETERAN SERVICES DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES Visit us on the web at p a g e 1 2
13 MISSION STATEMENTS The Graduate School of Education and Human Development, strategically based in the nation s capital and serving the global community, develops informed and skilled leaders through innovative teaching and learning that: Engages in scholarly inquiry that raises the level of academic excellence by enriching theory, policy, and practice across the life-span; Promotes leadership, diversity, learning, and human development reflective of changing global societies; Creates public and private partnerships and; Advocates continuous self examination and critical analysis towards excellence. Department of and Human Development The mission of the GW graduate programs in is to excel in providing the preparation of professional practitioners, researchers/scholars, and leaders in professional counseling and human development for diverse populations in varied educational and human service settings across the life-span; to encourage and conduct research and scholarship to build the body of knowledge in counseling and human development; and to provide and encourage professional and community service and leadership for the welfare of individuals, society, and the counseling and human development profession. The faculty, students, and staff of the graduate programs in are guided by their commitment to (1) the primacy of client s dignity and welfare, (2) multicultural understanding and development, (3) respect for human diversity and human rights, (4) ethical and social responsibilities, (5) excellence in teaching, scholarship, and clinical supervision, (6) individualized advising, mentoring, and supervision, (7) service for the betterment of society and our various communities, and (8) leadership and service to the counseling profession. Official academic policy governing degrees is stated in The George Washington University Bulletin for Graduate Programs. GW is certified to operate in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). p a g e 1 3
14 GW Alexandria Graduate Education Center Garage Entrance: 1925 Ballenger Avenue Street Entrance: 413 John Carlyle Street Suite 250, Alexandria, VA DIRECTIONS BY CAR From I-395 North/South: East on Duke Street approximately 3 miles. Turn right at the light on to John Carlyle Street and go to the end of the circle. Continue on John Carlyle Street and turn right on to Ballenger Avenue. From I-495: Exit 176B to Telegraph Road North toward Alexandria. Turn right onto Duke Street (Route 236 East). Turn right at the light on to John Carlyle Street and go to the end of the circle. Continue on John Carlyle Street and turn right on to Ballenger Avenue. From George Washington Parkway North/South: West on Duke Street approximately 1/2 mile. Turn left at the light on to John Carlyle Street and go to the end of the circle. Continue on John Carlyle Street and turn right on to Ballenger Avenue. DIRECTIONS BY METRO The Center is located approximately 4 blocks from the King Street Metro Station, accessible by the Blue and Yellow lines. Exit the metro to Diagonal Road and turn right. Walk to Duke Street and turn left (east) at the light. Turn right on to John Carlyle Street at the next light. Walk to the end of the circle. The Center entrance faces the circle. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor. STREET ENTRANCE & PARKING Street Entrance: The GW Center street entrance faces the circle. Take the elevator up to the 2nd floor. To map our location enter this address into your search: 413 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, VA Parking: There is 2-hour metered parking until 5 p.m. around the circle and on adjacent streets, and a parking garage under the building. Street parking after 5 p.m. is free. Parking Garage Entrance: Continue on John Carlyle Street past the circle to Ballenger Avenue. Turn right on to Ballenger Avenue, then right at 1925 Ballenger Avenue into the garage. Follow the signs to Retail Elevator and take it up to the second floor. UNIVERSITY POLICY ON EQUAL OPPORTUNITY The George Washington University does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the University, including admission to educational programs and employment. The University is subject to the District of Columbia Human Rights Law. Inquiries concerning the application of this policy and federal laws and regulations concerning discrimination in education or employment programs and activities may be addressed to Susan B. Kaplan, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, The George Washington University, Rice Hall, Washington, DC 20052, (202) , or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education. Disabled individuals who require special information may direct inquiries to the Office of Disability Support Services, 202) (TDD/voice) The George Washington University. All rights reserved. 6/10 p a g e 1 4
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