Students interested in counseling receive skill preparation for direct service to clients; for diagnostic, consultative, and evaluative services; and for preventive intervention. Possible employing agencies and institutions include mental health clinics and hospitals, corporations, governmental social agencies, public and private schools, community colleges, various community intervention programs and correctional institutions.

The Master of Arts in Counseling programs are regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. In addition, the School Counseling Sequence is approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Illinois State Board of Education to issue the Illinois Professional Educator License (with an Endorsement in School Counseling) through entitlement upon successful completion of all GSU and State of Illinois requirements.  

Starting Fall 2015, the program will run on a cohort-based model.

For more information, contact the Academic Advisor Bonnie Gregg.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Degree Requirements for Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students examine clinical mental health and community counseling issues, life style and career development, workplace and vocational counseling, group dynamics and counseling program management.

 

Core Courses

Required Core Courses (33 Hours)

COUN 6610 Research and Assessment (3)
COUN 6600 Professional Orientation and Ethical Standards for Counselors (3)
COUN 7620 Life Span Developmental Issues (3)
COUN 6630 Counseling Theories (3)
COUN 7720 Social and Cultural Foundations (3)
COUN 7725 Family Systems: Theory and Practice (3)
COUN 7730 Life Style and Career Development  (3)
COUN 7810 Beginning Counseling and Human Relations Skills (3)
COUN 8811 Interventions with Children and Adolescents (3)
COUN 7847 Group Dynamics and Intervention (3)
COUN 7855 Assessment and Treatment Planning (3)

 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Sequence (27 hours)

COUN 7633 Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Community Counseling (3)
COUN 8842 Practicum I: Individual and Vocational Counseling (3)
COUN 8845 Practicum II: Individual and Vocational Counseling (3)
COUN 8848 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Counseling (3)
COUN 8849 Psychopharmacology & Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
COUN 8856 Practicum in Group Counseling: Adult (3)
COUN 8859 Family Counseling Techniques (3)
COUN 8971 Counseling Internship I: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
COUN 8972 Counseling Internship II: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)

 

Questions?

Contact the advisor by accessing the Support Programs tab. Detailed information on the admission criteria and procedures, as well as a step-by-step guide on the application process, is located in the Admission Requirements tab.

 

Marriage and Family Counseling

Degree Requirements for Marriage and Family Counseling

All facets of marriage and family counseling are studied including individuals, children, adolescents, couples and family counseling. Additional attention is paid to group dynamics, intervention, prevention and sexual issues.

 

Core Courses

Required Core Courses (33 Hours)

COUN 6610 Research and Assessment (3)
COUN 6600 Professional Orientation and Ethical Standards for Counselors (3)
COUN 7620 Life Span Developmental Issues (3)
COUN 6630 Counseling Theories (3)
COUN 7720 Social and Cultural Foundations (3)
COUN 7725 Family Systems: Theory and Practice (3)
COUN 7730 Life Style and Career Development  (3)
COUN 7810 Beginning Counseling and Human Relations Skills (3)
COUN 8811 Interventions with Children and Adolescents (3)
COUN 7847 Group Dynamics and Intervention (3)
COUN 7855 Assessment and Treatment Planning (3)

 

Marriage and Family Counseling Sequence (27 Hours)

COUN 7633 Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Community Counseling (3)
COUN 8842 Practicum I: Individual and Vocational Counseling (3)
COUN 8845 Practicum II: Individual and Vocational Counseling (3)
COUN 8856 Practicum in Group Counseling: Adult (3)
COUN 8825 Advanced Family Systems (3) (taught on a limited basis)
COUN 8859 Family Counseling Techniques (3)
COUN 8860 Applied Family Systems (3) (taught on a limited basis)
COUN 8981 Counseling Internship I: Marriage and Family Counseling (3)
COUN 8982 Counseling Internship II: Marriage and Family Counseling (3)

 

Questions?

Contact the advisor by accessing the Support Programs tab. Detailed information on the admission criteria and procedures, as well as a step-by-step guide on the application process, is located in the Admission Requirements tab.

 

License for Marriage and Family Therapist

In addition to the LPC, Marriage and Family students may be eligible for the Associate in Marriage and Family Therapy in Illinois. The Marriage and Family Counseling program at GSU meets the requirements for becoming an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (you must be an Associate and after gaining work experience you can become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist). 

The rules and regulations for becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Illinois can be found at: http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/WHO/marfm.asp

 

School Counseling (K-12)

Degree Requirements for School Counseling

The mission of the school counseling program at Governors State University is to promote excellence in professional school counseling as an integral component in the development of all students.  The primary goal is to prepare responsive professional counselors in K-12 school settings who will assist students in maximizing their educational, vocational and personal/social growth and development. The school counseling program at GSU endorses the role of the professional school counselor as a licensed educator who addresses the needs of students comprehensively through the implementation of a developmental school counseling program.

 

Degree Requirements for Counseling Program

All School Counseling students must provide evidence of successful completion of the Test of Academic Proficiency [formerly the Illinois Basic Skills Test] OR the ACT (with a composite score of 22 and a minimum 19 in Combined English/Writing) OR the SAT (composite score of 1030 (critical reading and mathematics) and a minimum 450 in writing) prior to achieving candidacy in the program.  All School Counseling students must present evidence of passing the ISBE School Counselor Proficiency Test before registration for internship and before they will be recommended for the Professional Educator License-Endorsed in School Counseling. 

 

Core Courses

Required Core Courses (33 hours)

COUN 6610 Research and Assessment (3)
COUN 6600 Professional Orientation and Ethical Standards for Counselors (3)
COUN 7620 Life Span Developmental Issues (3)
COUN 6630 Counseling Theories (3)
COUN 7720 Social and Cultural Foundations (3)
COUN 7725 Family Systems: Theory and Practice (3)
COUN 7730 Life Style and Career Development  (3)
COUN 7810 Beginning Counseling and Human Relations Skills (3)
COUN 8811 Interventions with Children and Adolescents (3)
COUN 7847 Group Dynamics and Intervention (3)
COUN 7855 Assessment and Treatment Planning (3)

School Counseling Sequence - Hybrid (24 Hours)

COUN 6638 Introduction to School Counseling (3)
COUN 8844 Practicum School Counseling (K-12) (3)
COUN 8851 Consultation and School Staff Development (3)
COUN 8852 College Career Coaching Academy (3)
COUN 8853 Parent Education: Prevention and Intervention (3)
COUN 8858 Development of School Counseling Programs (3)
COUN 8968 Counseling Internship I: School Counseling (3)
COUN 8969 Counseling Internship II: School Counseling (3)

Alternative School Certification Courses

Students who wish to pursue a Professional Educator License-Endorsed in School Counseling and who do not currently hold a valid Illinois or comparable out-of-state initial, standard or master teaching certificate must complete the teaching competency classes as well as the required sequence courses. All other students must complete only the required sequence courses.

Teaching Competency Classes for Non-Licensed School Counseling Students

COUN 7620 Lifespan Developmental Issues (3)* 
COUN 6622 Applied Learning Theory for School Personnel (3)* 

EDAD 7801  Organizational Leadership (3)*
SPED 6101  Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3)*

*or equivalent courses

Questions?

Contact the advisor by accessing the Support Programs tab. Detailed information on the admission criteria and procedures, as well as a step-by-step guide on the application process, is located in the Admission Requirements tab.

Professional Standards

Resources

School Counselor Salaries 

http://www.gradschools.com/search-programs/school-counseling/school-counselor-salary

School Counseling History
http://www.gradschools.com/search-programs/school-counseling/guidance-counselor-jobs-history

Difference between School Counseling and School Psychology

http://www.gradschools.com/search-programs/school-counseling/school-counselor-vs-school-psychologist

 


     

    Program Admission Requirements

    Admission to the Counseling Program and the three sequences is competitive. There is no guarantee of admission even if an applicant meets or exceeds the minimum criteria. The minimum criteria for admission are described below. Deadlines for the program are: February 15 for Fall admission and August 15 for Spring admission. 

    1. In addition to the GSU graduate application for admission, applicants must have at least a:

      • cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher for all undergraduate course work attempted; or
      • GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
      • If the cumulative GPA for all undergraduate coursework attempted is 2.74 or below, student must 
        • attain a score of at least 302 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Exam—General Test (score of 1050 if the test was taken prior to August 2011);OR
        • take COUN 6600, COUN 6630, and COUN 6609 (writing course) and complete with B’s or better.(NOTE: Completion of these courses or the GRE does not guarantee admission.)
       
    2. Recommendation of the faculty based on the submission of supplementary application packet, which includes:

      • One copy of official transcripts of all previous college work (see Step 5 below for details)
      • Counseling Application (no fee required) 
      • Statement of Character Form (included in the application)
      • Three Personal Reference forms
      • The GRE, if applicable
      • SCHOOL COUNSELING APPLICANTS: Will need to provide passing TAP (Test of Academic Proficiency) results OR ACT scores of 22 or higher, including the writing portion, OR SAT scores (1030 or higher). If not provided at admissions, students must complete prior to candidacy.
       
    3. Complete specified prerequisite coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. If these are not completed at the time of admission, they must be completed prior to attaining candidacy. Prerequisite courses for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling sequences include a course in statistics, a course in research methodology, a course in abnormal psychology (PSYC3430) and course work in Addictions Studies at the 5000 level (Marriage and Family sequence must complete ADDS6300) or above totaling three semester hours. Applicants for the School Counseling sequence must have completed a course in statistics, a course in research methodology and course work in Addictions Studies at the 5000 level or above totaling three semester hours.

    Admission to the program is determined by the program faculty. Program faculty reserves the right to request personal interviews with applicants to the program. Students must follow sequence, program, college, and university requirements and policies.

    Note: Admissions are made into a specific counseling sequence (school, marriage and family, or clinical mental health).  Changing sequences may require a new application review. As a result, it may not be possible to change sequences based on accreditation limitations or the amount and quality of applicants.

    HOW TO APPLY

    THE GRADUATE APPLICATION PROCESS:

    IMPORTANT! Submitting your application early increases your chances of progressing through the application process successfully. Waiting until the day of the deadline decreases your ability to ensure submission of missing documents and therefore, might cause your application to be denied. Submitting your application early does not increase your admission chances; it ensures a complete and accurate packet. On the day of deadline, a complete packet includes all required materials including our receipt of all required official transcripts.

    STEP 1 Print the Application Procedures. READ THIS CAREFULLY. This document will help you prepare a complete and accurate application. 

    STEP 2 Print the Checklist so that you can verify that you are compiling everything necessary. Submit this checklist with your packet.

    STEP 3 Fill out the GSU Graduate Application. This application is the GSU admission application--there is a $50 fee.

    STEP 4 Fill out the Counseling Application. This application is the required Counseling application and must be filled out and submitted. If you experience any problems filling this out in Word, please contact Bonnie Gregg at bgregg@govst.edu. Please note: you must download the application and save it to your computer in order for you to type in your information.

    STEP 5 Request official undergraduate transcripts (whether you went to one school or multiple—we need transcripts of all your undergraduate courses, not just where you received your bachelor’s degree).

    PLEASE NOTE: You must arrange for the submission of an official transcript for each and every undergraduate school you attended. This includes official transcripts from the originating school for credits that may appear on another transcript as transfer credits. Our Admissions office is unable to complete your GPA calculation if you do not turn in every transcript. An incomplete set of transcripts will result in your application being denied.

    STEP 6 Complete the supplemental materials required by the Counseling Program. These materials consist of:

    • Three Personal Reference Forms  
    • Checklist
    •  Test of Academic Proficiency [formerly the Illinois Basic Skills Test] OR the ACT (with a composite score of 22 and a minimum 19 in Combined English/Writing) OR the SAT (composite score of 1030 (critical reading and mathematics) and a minimum 450 in writing). These results can be provided at time of admission, but no later than at candidacy. (School Counseling only
    • Copy of teaching certificate (if applicable – School Counseling only)
    • Copy of TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) results (if applicable)
    • Copy of GRE scores (score of at least 302) if applicable (Score of 1050 if test taken prior to August 2011)

    STEP 7 Send (or drop off) the materials (preferably as one packet) to*:

    Admissions Processing Office
    Governors State University
    One University Parkway
    University Park, IL  60484

    *INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - Please submit your application packet to:

    Katherine Haan, Coordinator
    International Services, Room C3370
    Governors State University
    One University Parkway
    Univeristy Park, IL  60484
      

    PROCEDURES FOR CURRENT GSU STUDENTS WHO WANT TO TRANSFER INTO COUNSELING
    1. In addition to the above, please submit a Change of Major/Status Form with your packet.
    2. You do not need to pay the $50 application fee.
        
    EXAMS REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION

    (Limited free practice questions for GRE and ACT exams at www.examfocus.com)

    • GRE (Graduate Record Exam) This exam is required if the cumulative undergrad GPA (whether at one school or the combination of several) is 2.74 or below and if the last 60 hours as an undergrad does not equal a 3.0 GPA.   Students will take the General Test, and will need to have a total score of 302 (1050 if taken prior to August 2011).  Registration information for the test, study guides and practice questions can be found at www.ets.org/gre. Scores should be included in the application packet.

    EXAMS REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION or no later than CANDIDACY (candidacy occurs after a student has already been admitted to the program).  All test results need to be within 10 years.
      • Test of Academic Proficiency [formerly the Illinois Basic Skills test]  (for School Counseling and Post Master's students only) Passing test results for the TAP should accompany the application packet.  This is a requirement in order to be admitted into the School Counseling and Post Master's School Counselor Certification programs. Registration information for the test, study guides and practice questions can be found at www.icts.nesinc.com
      • ACT (for School Counseling and Post Master's students only) Students need a composite score of 22 and a minimum 19 in Combined English/Writing. 
          
      • SAT (for School Counseling and Post Master's students only) Students need a composite score of 1030 (critical reading and mathematics) and a minimum 450 in writing.

        Support Programs and Resources

        Academic Advising

        Bonnie Gregg
        Academic Advisor/Counseling Programs
        bgregg@govst.edu
        708.534.4973
        Room: G384
        Fax:  708.235.7492
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        Counseling Peer Mentor Program

        If you are thinking about applying to the Counseling program and have questions about classes or whether you can work and still attend school, you can get answers from current GSU Counseling students. Email your questions to counpmp@govst.edu. Once you are admitted, you can be paired up with a senior classmate during your first semester who will serve as your mentor and show you the ropes.
          

        Free Counseling at GSU

        Learn more about GSU's free counseling services. Stop by the Counseling Lab to find out more.
          

        Division of Psychology & Counseling News

        Read The Facilitator, the Division's newsletter, to find out what's new. COMING SOON!
          

        Counseling Resources

        The links below connect you with a comprehensive database of scholarships and potential career options for students interested in pursuing a degree in counseling. The directory can filter scholarships and opportunities using a variety of characteristics, ensuring you find opportunities that best fit your needs.

        Counseling Scholarships

        Counseling Careers 
          

        International Opportunities

        Counseling students in Italy - view their blog

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        Internship in Bhutan (South Asia)counseling_international

        Taken while on an internship in Bhutan, Doctoral student Deborah Watson poses while wearing the traditional Kera (black and white) outfit. All government employees are required to wear the official outfit of Bhutan when they are working and many people wear it even if they don't work for the government. The men wear something called a gho. At the time of this photo, Ms. Watson was working at their national hospital, so she was required to wear the traditional garb.