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The Counselor Education Program at UW-Whitewater provides graduate-level training, preparing students to counsel in a variety of clinical or school settings. Dedicated faculty members lead our innovative, student-centered program and are committed to helping students grow in their academic, personal and clinical knowledge and skills. Our program:
- includes a choice of emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) or School Counseling with the opportunity to take elective courses in alcohol and other drug abuse, trauma, and marriage, partnership & family, and higher education counseling,
- is designed for full-time students to graduate in three years,
- consists of two years, including summer terms, of coursework and a nine-month internship during the third year,
- offers coursework in the afternoons and evenings to accommodate full-time (9 or more credits/semester) and part-time schedules (fewer than 9 credits/semester),
- has been accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since 2000 and is held to the highest standards of teaching and learning
- boasts a state-of-the-art counseling lab staffed by counseling students during their practicum semester,
- embraces a social justice approach to counseling, including two opportunities to study abroad to deepen knowledge of other cultures — a summer in Scotland or an immersion experience in Guatemala, and
- helps students achieve competencies required by regulatory bodies, such as the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, employing agencies and professional organizations.
Throughout their time in the program, students develop knowledge and skills in the science and art of counseling. The curriculum encompasses three types of learning: academic, experiential and personal.