Counseling and Psychological Professions

Graduate Faculty
Clyde Ekbom (Chair), Ed.D.
Suzanne C. Griffith, Ph.D.
James A. Holter, Ed.D.

Contributing Faculty
Chip Beal, M.S.
Marsha Bergren, MSE
Rosemary Doyle, Psy D.
Robin Florestano, MSE
Peggy Marciniec, Ed.D
Karen Marsh, Psy D..
Mary Lee Vance Ph.D.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior through the Department of Counseling and Psychological Professions offers professional training which leads to a Master of Science in Education Degree (M.S.E.) in Community Counseling, Human Relations or School Counseling.

The Department of Counseling and Psychological Professions designs graduate programs for those individuals who seek advanced professional training in various occupations in the field of student and human support services. Each program is an integration of academic foundations and professional skills training which is directed at developing a qualified and specialized professional.

For more information regarding the Department of Counseling and Psychological Professions programs, contact the department chair, Clyde Ekbom, Ed.D., at McCaskill Hall 111-E (715-394-8149) or (http://www.uwsuper.edu/graduate/). Program modifications can occur between the printing of catalogs and student handbooks for each program. Up-to-date information will be provided on request.

Admission

Admission to the Department of Counseling and Psychological Professions begins with application for admission to graduate studies through the Office of Graduate Studies, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Belknap & Catlin, PO Box 2000, Superior, WI 54880-4500, or call (715) 394-8009, or http://www.uwsuper.edu/graduate/ Specific programmatic information will be enclosed with the graduate studies application. Students are strongly encouraged to contact the department chair, Clyde Ekbom, Ed.D. (http://www.uwsuper.edu/graduate/) for application and programmatic advisement.

The application for admission must contain three letters of reference to include: one personal, one academic, and one employment that speak to the candidate's ability to succeed in graduate school. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogy test (MAT), plus the California Personality Inventory (CPI) are required for all students. Students can petition for a variance of the GRE or the MAT via a portfolio of professional/life experience that validates potential graduate performance.

All Department of Counseling and Psychological Professions programs are designed relative to the certification standards of state/national accreditation organizations (state of Wisconsin and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) and seek to prepare students for state and/or national licensure/certifications. Students must be aware of and responsive to life circumstances beyond academic preparation that would exclude them from licensure/certification (i.e., legal history, mental health history, and/or past professional disbarment).

Programs  

Master of Science in Education Degree in Counseling
The M.S.E. in Counseling is designed for individuals who seek to provide direct human service in a variety of settings within a pluralistic society. Central to the Community and School Counseling programs is the preparation of professionals in three major counseling functions, which include:

-- Prevention of personal and interpersonal problems.

-- Fostering of optimal human development.

-- Remediation of existing social-emotional-developmental concerns.

The Human Relations program is designed for individuals who seek to work in nonclinical human service settings such as education, criminal justice, business, health care, and administration. Students gain an understanding of human behavior, group process, organizational/developmental dynamics, and effective methods of communication through counseling core courses. Through individualization of the degree, students are able to apply the counseling core to adjunctive courses specific to their area of interest.

The Counseling degree is comprised of a minimum of 49 semester credits of prescribed graduate-level courses, specific to the student's area of specialization (45 credits for the Human Relations program). The Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and the CORE courses of the Counseling degree are reflective of CACREP core standards.

The curriculum of the M.S.E. in School Counseling is consistent with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning certification requirements for preK-12 school counselors. The curriculum of the M.S.E. in Community Counseling is developed in consideration of national and/or state licensure but does not guarantee licensure eligibility. Students are strongly encouraged to seek licensure information specific to their employment goals and pattern their course selections from licensure requirements.

Prescribed courses for the Community, School, and Human Relations programs are as follows:

Community Counseling Program
CPP 702     Theories of Counseling                                                  3 credits
CPP 704     Introduction to Counseling                                             3 credits
CPP 706     Counseling Processes/Initial Practicum                           3 credits
CPP 712     Family Counseling                                                         3 credits
CPP 718     Family Mediation/Crisis Intervention                              3 Credits
(recommended for students in the Marriage and Family Track)
and/or                                                                                           3 credits
CPP 728     Career Counseling
(recommended for students in the General Community Track)
CPP 724     Behavior Management Techniques and Interventions     3 credits
CPP 730     Human Growth and Development                                 3 credits

CPP 732     Addictive Behaviors                                                     3 credits
or

CPP 734     Chemical Dependency and The Family                         3 credits
CPP 738     Multi-Cultural Counseling                                             3 credits
CPP 742     Abnormal Psychology                                                  3 credits
CPP 746     Ethics in Professional Counseling                                  3 credits
CPP 750     Individual Practicum                                                     3 credits
CPP 752     Group Practicum                                                          3 credits
CPP 758     Internship - Community Counseling                               4 credits
CPP 760     Introduction to Assessment                                            3 credit
CPP 761     Research-Based Program Evaluation                             3 credits

                                                                                                49 credits

Other courses to be taken should be consistent with specific licensure in mind.

School Counseling Program
CPP 702     Theories of Counseling                                                                                                         3 credits
CPP 704     Introduction to Counseling                                                                                                    3 credits
CPP 706     Counseling Processes/Initial Practicum                                                                                  3 credits
CPP 708     Organization and Administration of School Guidance and Other Pupil Services                       3 credits
CPP 712     Family Counseling                                                                                                                 3 credits
CPP 720     Counseling Children                                                                                                              3 credits
CPP 722     Counseling Adolescents                                                                                                        3 credits
CPP 724     Behavior Management Techniques and Interventions                                                             3 credits
CPP 726     Developmental Counseling and Guidance                                                                              3 credits
CPP 728     Career Counseling                                                                                                                3 credits
CPP 738     Multi-Cultural Counseling                                                                                                      3 credits
CPP 750     Individual Practicum                                                                                                              3 credits
CPP 752     Group Practicum                                                                                                                   3 credits
CPP 756     Internship –
School Counseling (preK-12)                                                                             4 credits
CPP 760     Introduction to Assessment                                                                                                    3 credits
CPP 761     Research-Based Program Evaluation                                                                                      3 credits

                                                                                                                                                                49 credits

The following are recommended (but not required) courses for School Counseling:
CPP 732 Addictive Behaviors                                           3 credits
CPP 734 Chemical Dependency and the Family                 3 credits

Total required credits in school program: 49 credits. Total credits needed to graduate from the School Counseling program: 49 credits.

*Licensure as a school counselor in Wisconsin requires, in addition to the above courses, a reading/literacy course of at least one credit (undergraduate or graduate).

*During the internship, students are required to complete a position paper. The one-credit course – CPP 748 -- is designed to assist students, section-by–section, as they write their papers. The course is not required but is highly recommended.

Human Relations
The Human Relations master's degree is a 45-credit degree designed for those individuals who are interested in counseling/psychology but who do not need or want clinical training. Most students in Human Relations already are engaged in careers but want to upgrade their skills, explore other interests, or need an additional degree to reach the next level at their place of employment.

Human Relations students develop a plan of study with their advisor. The plan maps out and explains how the set of courses will prepare the student for her or his intended professional focus. This plan must be prepared and approved during the student's second semester. The Internship course is taken during the student's last semester of study.

Required Courses
CPP 702     Theories of Counseling                              3 credits
CPP 704     Introduction to Counseling                         3 credits
CPP 706     Counseling Processes                                 3 credits
CPP 712     Family Counseling                                      3 credits
CPP 738     Multi-Cultural Counseling                           3 credits
CPP 746     Ethics in Professional Counseling                3 credits
CPP 759     Internship in Human Relations                     2 credits

Choose at least three from among the following:
CPP 724     Behavior Management Techniques and Interventions     3 credits
CPP 728     Career Counseling                                                        3 credits
CPP 730     Human Growth and Development                                 3 credits
CPP 732     Addictive Behaviors                                                      3 credits
CPP 734     Chemical Dependency and the Family                             3 credits
CPP 760     Introduction of Assessment                                             3 credits

The remaining 16 (or more) credits can come from Counseling or other graduate-level courses. Outside of the CPP Department we recommend:

Human Relations Suggested Courses
CPP 699     Independent Study                                                 1-2 credits
CPP 718     Family Mediation/Crisis Intervention                        3 credits
CPP 761     Research-Based Program Evaluation                       3 credits
FNS 681     Counseling the First Nations                                    3 credits
COMM 610     Problems in Nonverbal Communication              3 credits
COMM 667     Intercultural Communication                               3 credits
EDAD 760     Administrative Leadership                                     3 credits
PSYC 603     Memory and Cognition                                          3 credits
PSYC 684     The Development of Creative Functioning               3 credits

The internships in Human Relations are field-based, providing practice in skill applications within the students' chosen field. They are carried out under the supervision of a site supervisor in cooperation with the university advisor. Experiences are supported by weekly class meetings to discuss and to integrate experiences. May be repeated for up to six credits.

The following departments and programs at UW-Superior offer graduate courses: Art, Biology, Communicating Arts, Criminal Justice, Educational Administration, English, Legal Studies, Library Science, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Reading, Special Education, and Teacher Education.

For more information on the Human Relations specialization, contact the Department Chair, Counseling and Psychological Professions, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Belknap & Catlin, PO Box 2000, Superior, WI 54880-4500, or call (715) 394-8009.