To help you decide whether you would like to join our program, the following information is provided. We hope you take the time to learn about us, our mission, and what is required of you as one of our students, so that you can make an informed choice about where you would like to attend graduate school. While we hope you choose our program, we also recognize that each student needs to find the program that best fits his or her individual needs, learning style, and career goals. If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact us!
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The mission of the University of Tennessee at Martin's Masters of Science program in counseling is to prepare socially ethical and competent professionals in clinical mental health and school settings. We aspire to develop counselors who are technically skilled, personally aware, empathic, and accepting of the cultural and social differences of their clients or students.
The UTM Counselor Education Model is designed to develop counselors who are enhancers of human development and believe counselors should know how to improve learning through the use of a wide variety of materials including human and technological resources. Therefore, embedded within and intertwined among components of the conceptual framework are the commitments to diverse learners and the use of technology as an additional communication tools to enhance student learning.
The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) has identified eight common core curricular areas that are required of all counselor training programs. After completing the graduate degree, our students should be prepared to enter the counseling profession confident in their ability to meet the standards of their chosen professional specialization. The following broad student learning outcomes have been developed to reflect the eight common core areas:
Students will demonstrate sufficient knowledge of content within the eight common core curricular areas (professional orientation and ethical practice, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, assessment, and research and program development).
Students will demonstrate effective counseling skills in their coursework and during their field experiences.
Students will adhere to the ethical code of their counseling professional association when completing coursework and field experiences.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of their specialty area (clinical mental health, school counseling, addictions counseling, or student affairs and college counseling).
We greatly value our relationships with our students. This begins with the first contact between advisor and student. Your advisor is the person who will work with you to understand all of the requirements of the program, help you develop your plan of study, answer questions about registration, and guide you toward your career goal. This is an important relationship that we hope will make you feel more comfortable in our program as well as provide you with information. The advisor- student connection is vital in your personal and professional development. As faculty members, we enjoy this time we spend getting to know and mentor you. Our hope is that you continue to feel a part of our program even after you graduate, keeping us up to date on your personal and professional milestones.
To further foster our sense of community we have established a Facebook group page for current students and alumni. When you are accepted into the program you will be sent an invitation via email to join our Facebook group and we hope you will accept. On this site we post news about the program, important information about the profession of counseling, and share updates about students and alumni. We hope those of you still on Facebook will accept our invitation!
All counseling students (both degree seeking and non-degree seeking students) are required to attend a four-day Residency program.
The Residency is offered twice a year, once in January and once in June. The Residency will be held on the Martin campus. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation and lodging. During this meeting students will participate in individual and group meetings with faculty and fellow students. Specific counseling topics will be presented and discussed and students will have a chance to role-play counseling techniques. As a faculty, we look forward to the Residency. This is our time to meet our students face-to-face, enjoy some casual time together, and strengthen our sense of community.