1 Summer I Semester - All courses are three credits 700 Professional Identity & Ethics 788 Social & Cultural Foundations Become acquainted with faculty members, Paula Geier, and the graduate assistants in the Department of Professional Counseling office. Purchase textbooks online (they tend to be cheaper). Explore all three emphasis options: Clinical Mental Health/ School/ Student Affairs. Become affiliated with professional organizations: Wisconsin Counseling Association: First year member fee is waived with faculty signature. American Counseling Association: Members receive free liability insurance (a requirement for Practicum & Internships). Interested in becoming a Graduate Assistant? Application forms are available from the website listed above. Applicants are urged to return the completed forms to the Graduate Studies office as soon as possible. Graduate Assistantships span either the 17-week semester or 34-week academic year and are either full-time (20 hours/week), three-quarter time (15 hours/week) or half time (10 hours/week). Qualifications for a graduate assistantship require that the student: Has been admitted in full standing to a graduate degree program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Is endorsed by the degree program coordinator. Is enrolled for at least six graduate degree credits each semester, or otherwise qualifies as a full-time student. The position may help pay for your tuition, bills, rent/mortgage, and other expenses. The position offers health insurance (for dependents as well).
2 Fall I Semester 702 Counseling Process 711 Life Span Development in Counseling 729 Community Counseling Meet with your faculty advisor and organize your plan of study before registering for Spring I Semester. Attend the Wisconsin Counseling Association Fall Summit: The completion of six counseling sessions is required for Admission to Candidacy. Schedule these through the Department of Professional Counseling office N/E 001. Attend Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) meetings and participate in CSI events. Sign up with CSI to be matched with a mentor. Mentors are great support person and resource for information about the program. Begin researching potential sites that interest you for your practicum experience. Practicum applications are due Spring I Semester. There is a Clinical Mental Health Sites binder with known potential sites located in the Department of Professional Counseling office N/E 001. Chi Sigma Iota CSI is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. CSI promotes a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity. Mission: To promote unity, community, scholarship, leadership and excellence in counseling, as well as encourage high attainment in the pursuit of academic and professional success. Get Involved: CSI provides many service events and activities geared towards improving relationships with families, schools, and individuals within our community. Membership: To become an official member of CSI you need to have 9 credits completed and maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA. Please contact Renae Reljic for more information on how to get started on becoming a member! You do not have to be a member to participate in CSI events! Look for s on upcoming CSI events and check out the CSI bulletin board in the hallway by the department office.
3 708 Career Development 730 Mental Health Counseling 731 Group Counseling Process 732 Applied Research & Evaluation Spring I Semester It may be possible to adjust your plan of study to avoid taking 12 credits in one semester, please see your advisor to explore this further. Set up interviews with potential practicum sites in order to narrow down your choices. There is a Clinical Mental Health Sites binder with known potential sites located in the Department of Professional Counseling office N/E 001. Practicum applications are due by April 15th. Meet with your faculty advisor for assistance on completing the Admission to Candidacy form and to obtain his/her signature. This is required in order to take practicum in the fall. (You do not have to have this form turned in to register for fall classes). Admission to Candidacy forms are due by May 1st. Consider participating in a study abroad trip to either India or Malaysia. For more information contact Charles Lindsay about India and Kelli Saginak about Malaysia. Apply to become an official member of CSI. Attend the CSI initiation ceremony at the end of April. Summer II Semester 704 Assessment Techniques The summer is a great time to be kind to yourself and do some self-care activities! Read a book, go for a walk, spend the day at the beach, go for a bike ride, lay out in the sun, take a yoga class, go kayaking, go to a baseball game, etc. Towards the end of the summer, contact your practicum site supervisor and double check the day you will start at your site. Begin researching possible internship sites for the Spring II Semester.
4 Fall II Semester 701 Theoretical Foundations of Counseling 725 Trauma & Crisis in Counseling 794 Counseling Practicum Elective It may be possible to adjust your plan of study to avoid taking 12 credits in one semester, please see your advisor to explore this further. Determine whether or not you wish to remain at your current practicum site or if you would like to find a new site for your internship experience. Research possible internship sites for the spring. There is a Clinical Mental Health Sites binder with known potential sites located in the Department of Professional Counseling office N/E 001. Internship I applications are due November 15th. Continue participating in CSI meetings and events. Volunteer to be a CSI mentor for new students. Attend the Wisconsin Counseling Association Fall Summit: Practicum Practicum applications are due by April 15th. Current Practicum applications will be sent to you via . Plan to be at your site at least eight hours per week. Practicum requirements include: A minimum of 100 hours throughout the semester in the counseling laboratory and at your practicum site. A minimum of 30 hours spent in individual counseling (10 hours on campus & 20 hours at your site). A minimum of 10 hours spent facilitating group work (at your site). Practicum is not emphasis specific, meaning if you are struggling to find a practicum site within a community or mental health agency, you could look for a site at a school or on a college campus; however, first talk with your advisor about possible practicum sites.
5 Spring II Semester 726 Wellness, Spirituality & Mindfulness 727 Psychopathology & Psychopharmacology 797 Counseling Internship I Determine whether or not you wish to remain at your current internship site or if you would like to find a new site for your Internship II experience. Research possible internship sites for the fall. There is a Clinical Mental Health Sites binder with known potential sites located in the Department of Professional Counseling office N/E 001. Internship II applications are due April 15th. Continue participating in CSI meetings and events. Register for the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) when registering for Fall III Semester classes. Register to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) in the fall. Internship I Internship I applications are due November 15th. Current Internship applications will be sent to you via . The program requires completion of a supervised internship in the student s designated program area of 600 clock hours (300 hours per semester), begun after successful completion of the practicum. Plan to be at your internship site approximately 20 hours per week. Internship requirements include: A total of 300 hours throughout the semester (includes time at your site and the on campus internship seminar). Of the 300 hours, 120 hours of those need to be direct service (individual counseling, group counseling). Need one hour of weekly supervision with your site supervisor.
6 National Counselor Examination ~ NCE How to register: Be on the lookout for an from Paula with information on registering for the NCE. Registrations will be due to Paula during your Spring II Semester. Where & When: The test is usually administered through the testing center on campus and offered in early October and April. Cost: The exam costs approximately $295. Suggested Study Materials: Encyclopedia of Counseling, Third Edition: Master Review and Tutorial for the National Counselor Examination, State Counseling Exams, and the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination. Mastering the National Counselor Examination and the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination. For more options on study guides: Topics Covered: For more information: Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam ~ CPCE How to register: You will need to register for the CPCE through Titan Web when registering for your Fall III Semester classes. Where & When: The test is administered by a faculty member and/or designated proctor on campus early in the semester (September and February). Cost: The exam costs approximately $45. Suggested Study Materials: Human Growth and Development Social and Cultural Foundations Helping Relationships Group Work Encyclopedia of Counseling, Third Edition: Master Review and Tutorial for the National Counselor Examination, State Counseling Exams, and the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination. Mastering the National Counselor Examination and the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination. Topics Covered: Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice Social and Cultural Diversity Human Growth and Development Career Development Career and Lifestyle Development Appraisal Research and Program Evaluation Professional Orientation & Ethics Helping Relationships Group Work Assessment Research and Program Evaluation Reports and data from the test serve to inform the department on their efforts at educating and training competent professional counselors.
7 Summer III Semester Fall III Semester 776 Addictions in Counseling Begin studying for the NCE and CPCE. Begin networking and searching for potential employment opportunities. 784 Relational Systems in Counseling 798 Counseling Internship II 799 Registration for CPCE Attend the Wisconsin Counseling Association Fall Summit: Continue participating in CSI meetings and events. Continue networking and searching for potential employment opportunities. Apply for advertised positions; send out resumes and make phone calls. Internship II Internship II applications are due April 15th. Current internship applications will be sent to you via . Plan to be at your internship site approximately 20 hours per week. Internship requirements include: A total of 300 hours throughout the semester (includes time at your site and the on campus internship seminar). Of the 300 hours, 120 hours of those need to be direct service (individual counseling, group counseling). Need one hour of weekly supervision with your site supervisor.
8 Training License Graduation Hooding Ceremony A Professional Counselor Training License allows a person to use the title professional counselor and is required for individuals acquiring their supervised experience necessary for licensure. Begin the application process for your Professional Counselor Training License before graduating and securing a position. A Professional Counselor Training License is valid for 48 months and may be renewed at the discretion of the Professional Counselor Section. For more information: Application: You must apply to graduate through the Office of Graduate Studies. Find more information and the application at: resources/forms/application-to-graduation. You will receive an about purchasing your cap and gown. Commencement attire may be picked up at the University Bookstore. If you are a Chi Sigma Iota member, be sure to order your honor cord for commencement as well. The Hooding Ceremony is commonly held on the final Friday of the semester in the evening at Reeve Union. You will receive an /invitation from Paula Geier toward the middle of the semester. Be prepared to write a graduation statement to be read by the keynote speaker. It is recommended you attend one of the Hooding Ceremonies before graduating, in order to become familiar with the process.
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