Information on Attendance at the MS Counseling Program’s New Student Orientation and Colloquium for all incoming students
MS Counseling Orientation will be on Wednesday, August 18, from 9 AM to 3:30 PM AZ time (held virtually/online)
Congratulations on being accepted to the MS Counseling Program! Attendance at the New Student Orientation is required of all incoming students. The day will be dedicated to new students meeting each other and program faculty. Opportunities will be provided for students to learn more about the values and philosophy of the program, as well as gaining greater understanding of the realities and expectations of being a graduate student in a professional preparation program. New students are expected to attend and participate throughout the day, with periodic scheduled breaks. More information about the schedule and days activities will be forthcoming.
Register here - August 18, 2021 - 9 AM Arizona Time/PT
MS Counseling Colloquium will be held August 19-21 with each day beginning at 9 AM and ending at 3:30 PM AZ time (held virtually/online)
Colloquia (residencies) are a special aspect of the MS Counseling Program. It is at our Colloquia where students begin to build lifelong relationships with peers and faculty and gain critical knowledge and skills to help them become competent, ethical, and compassionate counselors.
All students beginning the MS Counseling Program are required to attend Colloquium immediately following New Student Orientation. Please review the schedule below and register for the sessions you plan on attending. Attendance at the "Orientation to Mental Health Counseling" session is also a requirement for all new students. Please make sure to register for this session, as attendance is tracked.
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MS Counseling Student Handbook
2014 American Counseling Association Code of Ethics
Recommendations for Registration
All new students must register for MACP50000 Professional Orientation to Mental health Counseling their first term. Beyond that, there is a lot of flexibility as to what students can enroll in, but it is recommended that they take the following prerequisites in NO particular order:
MACP50010 Psychopathology: Diagnostic and Treatment Planning
MACP50060 Helping Relationships: Basic Counseling Skills
MACP50080 Group Work: Clinical Theory and Practice
MACP51010 Counseling Theories
MACP51190 Professional Counseling Ethics
New students may also take other core courses if they like, such as:
MACP50020 Human Growth & Development
MACP50030 Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling
MACP50070 Career and Lifestyle Development: Challenges of Adulthood
New students may also take a counseling elective course, or if a post-graduate certificate/concentration area (Adventure-based Counseling, Nature-Based, or Expressive Art Therapy) is also being pursued, students should also register for Foundations course their first term to be connected to their passion from the beginning of their educational journey.
Important Note: All new students will be assigned a Faculty Advisor prior to New Student Orientation. During the first term, students are required to meet their Faculty Advisor to complete their Degree Plan to map out each subsequent semester until graduation.
*Completion of a graduate-level counseling degree may not lead to licensure in all states/regions. All applicants are strongly encouraged to research licensure requirements in their own state. Those applicants planning to work for the Department of Veteran's Affairs are also encouraged to research employment requirements for military and veteran counselors.