Counseling Programs

The Department of Counseling offers programs and certificates designed to work with particular populations or in particular settings. All of our graduate degree programs offer a robust combination of coursework, practicum and internship experience, which involves our advanced students providing psychological and behavioral services to local schools and clinics. 


Master's Programs

 

This clinical degree program emphasizes creativity, diversity, developmental and relational processes, ethics, and professional identity within clinical mental health counseling. Students may earn credit toward a state license and/or certification to practice in clinical settings (i.e., Licensed Professional Counselor, etc.). The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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This program is currently accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP, 2009). The M.Ed. in School Counseling program prepares students with the professional competencies necessary to organize, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive school counseling program in a K–12 school setting.

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Ph.D. Program

This program is intended to prepare professionals for careers in academic, clinical, research, supervisory, and consultation settings. This degree program is nationally accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Program graduates will have opportunities to acquire advanced theoretical knowledge, advanced clinical skills, university teaching skills, research skills, advanced clinical supervision skills, and leadership and advocacy skills.

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Certificate Programs

The 12-hour Graduate Certificate in Bilingual Counseling (CBC) is designed to meet the needs of students interested in developing foundational skills in bilingual counseling with an emphasis on Spanish. The Certificate in Bilingual Counseling (CBC) is offered through the Department of Counseling with support from the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies. The certificate is designed to meet growing PK-12 school and community needs.

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The 12-hour Graduate Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Healthcare (IBHC) is designed to provide students with specialized coursework and training to work in medical practice settings. This certificate builds on existing partnerships and coursework offered within the Department of Counseling. The certificate is designed to meet growing community healthcare needs.

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Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

Overview

The doctoral program is a challenging and enriching educational experience focused on developing students' clinical, supervisory, research, teaching, multicultural, and relational competencies.  The program's mission is focused on diversity, creativity, and relational development and provides many opportunities for students professional development in these areas.  Through didactic coursework and field-based training, students develop their supervisory proficiencies and gain hands-on experience teaching graduate-level counseling courses.  Supervised clinical courses are designed to critically evaluate counseling theory in light of relational and multicultural principles while developing students' professional and relational competencies.  The research curriculum is a series of five courses that ground students in counseling research methodologies and prepares them for their dissertation project.

Curriculum

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program requires successful completion of 58 semester hours of coursework, a minimum of nine hours of dissertation credit, and a successful defense of the dissertation. The Ph.D. program offers full- and part-time programs.  The full-time program can be completed in as little as three years, and the part-time program can be completed in as little as four years. Please see the Doctoral Program Handbook for specific procedures and policies as well as the part-time and full-time course sequences in the Handbook and Resources section of the website.

Accreditation

The doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) for a full 8-year cycle in 2008.  This was a wonderful milestone for our program and The University of Texas at San Antonio, an accomplishment that involved the vision, commitment, and hard work of so many people.  We celebrate our CACREP accreditation with full appreciation for the role that students, former students, site supervisors, faculty, and administrators have played in helping us reach this very important goal. 

Department Mission

The mission of the University of Texas at San Antonio's Counseling Program is to prepare multiculturally competent professional counselors and counselor educators for south Texas and beyond who demonstrate the necessary counseling knowledge, skills, identity, and scholarship, and for those seeking advanced studies, supervision and teaching competencies to enrich the quality of all peoples' lives. The program emphasizes creativity and diversity, as well as developmental and relational processes.

Doctoral Program Goals

We emphasize creativity and diversity while fostering developmental and relational processes through our relationship with the community, other university programs, and students. We strive to prepare you with knowledge and commitment to the ethics of the profession and demonstration of application with multicultural and diverse populations. In accordance with the program's stated mission our goals include:

  1. Preparing multiculturally-competent professional counselors and counselor educators;
  2. Actively promoting students' professional counseling identity;
  3. Researching topics of importance related to professional counseling;
  4. Teaching and practicing to the highest standards and expectations;
  5. Serving the profession and providing outreach to the community.

Handbooks and Resources

Included within this web site is information about the program and links to doctoral handbooks. These documents provide an overview of the procedures and structure of the program, guidance for the dissertation process, and information about internships and practica. Please reference these handbooks for the most current information on our program's policies and expectations.

Counselor Education Resources 

Mission

The mission of the University of Texas at San Antonio's Counseling Program is to prepare multiculturally competent professional counselors and counselor educators for south Texas and beyond who demonstrate the necessary counseling knowledge, skills, identity and scholarship, and for those seeking advanced studies, supervision and teaching competencies to enrich the quality of all peoples' lives. The program emphasizes creativity and diversity, as well as developmental and relational processes.

Program Goals

The program emphasizes and models creativity and diversity while fostering developmental and relational processes through its relationship with the community, other university programs, and its students. Further, we strive to prepare you with knowledge and commitment to the ethics of the profession and demonstration of application with multicultural and diverse populations. In accordance with the Program’s stated mission our goals include:

  • Preparing multicultural competent professional counselors and counselor educators;
  • Actively promoting students’ professional counseling identity;
  • Researching topics of importance related to professional counseling;
  • Teaching and practicing to the highest standards and expectations;
  • Serving the profession and providing outreach to the community.

Doctoral Program Objectives

The Counselor Education doctoral program objectives address the professional leadership roles of counselor education, supervision, advanced counseling practice, and research competencies expected of doctoral graduates.


The program consists of a minimum of four academic years of graduate-level preparation (including masters-level preparation), defined as eight semesters, with a minimum of 96 graduate-level credits required of all students in the program.
Learning experiences beyond the masters-level are required in all of the following content areas:

  • theories pertaining to the principles and practice of counseling, career development, group work, systems, and consultation theories and practices of counselor supervision pedagogy relevant to current social and cultural issues, including social change theory and advocacy action planning
  • design and implementation of quantitative research methodology, including univariate, mutlivariate, and single-subject design
  • design and implementation of qualitative research, including grounded theory, ethnographic, and phenomenological methodologies models and methods of assessment and use of data
  • ethical and legal considerations in counselor education and supervision
  • the role of racial, ethnic, and cultural heritage; nationality; socioeconomic status; family structure; age; gender; sexual orientation; religious and spiritual beliefs; occupation; physical and mental status; local, regional, national, international perspective; and equity issues in counselor education programs

Counselor Education doctoral students will have experiences that are designed to:

  • develop an area of professional counseling expertise
  • develop collaborative relationships with program faculty in teaching, supervision, research, professional writing, and service to the profession and public
  • foster participation in professional counseling organizations, including the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and the American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • meet criteria for appropriate credentials
  • promote scholarly counseling research
  • enhance technical competence

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