Fact Sheet on the Department of Counseling
The Department of Counseling was created in 1958, awarded its first degrees in 1960, and became the first counseling program in the United States to be nationally accredited. Currently, all the Department's programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling major commenced in the Fall of 2000 and received CACREP accreditation in the Spring of 2002. An M.Coun. Evening School Counseling Program was offered from 1991-2011 in three-year cohorts on the ISU-Pocatello campus. In addition to its masters' degree programs, the Department offers a nationally recognized Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Counseling.
Students enrolled in the Department of Counseling are assessed a program fee. This money is used to fund adjunct faculty, materials and supplies, equipment associated with classrooms, lab, and clinic rooms, departmental equipment such as computers and software, and support for faculty and student research including the dissemination of research findings.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): Counselor Education and Counseling
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.): Counseling
Master of Counseling (M.Coun.): Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Affairs Counseling
Admission into the counseling program is competitive. A preset number of students will be admitted according to faculty resources. All applicants admitted into the counseling program will meet a common set of minimal admissions standards. These standards include:
GPA (last 60 crs) 3.0 - 4.0 - 40th Percentile on at least one area of the GRE or 40th Percentile on the MAT.
GPA (last 60 crs) 2.5 - 2.999 - Combined Verbal and Quantitative (V+Q) score of 300 on GRE or 45th Percentile on the MAT.
GPA (last 60 crs) below 2.499 - No admission
In order to be admitted, applicants are required to complete the interview process with the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee. Generally preference for interviews is given to prospective studens who meet all of the requirements. Usually these interviews will be in person, but students may request other accommodations under extraordinary circumstances. The Admissions Committee will make the final decisions regarding admission. This decision will be based on grade point and test score rankings as well as the committee's impression of the applicant's interpersonal style and compatibility of personality with the program's training philosophy and written statement.
OUTREACH AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
The Department supports the following outreach and special programs:
Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling: The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling (established Fall 2008) program prepares graduates to serve as faculty members in counselor education programs, doctoral level counselors, counselor supervisors in various settings, leaders in higher education and counseling organizations, and scholars.
A minimum of three years full-time study are required for this program. Doctoral students contribute in all aspects of the Master of Counseling program, including teaching, supervising master's students in the Boise Center Counseling Clinic, mentoring, and assessing master's students.
Master of Counseling: The Mental Health Counseling major leading to the Master of Counseling (M.Coun.) degree is offered at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. Established in 1980, students were admitted every three years in three-year cohorts from 1980-2003. Currently, a new cohort of approximately 10-12 students is admitted each Fall semester. This program requires six semesters of course work as well as summer session classes. Counseling faculty members fy to Meridian to offer some of the classes and support services. Advising and selected classes are also provided by resident faculty members, Dr. Judith Crews (208 373-1717) and Dr. Liz Horn (208 373-1718).
ISU-Meridian Counseling Clinic (established January, 2005)
The ISU-Meridian Counseling Clinic offers individual, couple, and family counseling. Counseling is provided by graduate students who are second or third year counseling interns under the supervision of licensed counselors/faculty members. Call 208 373-1719 for an appointment for an appointment or to request additional information.
Family Education and Counseling Center on the ISU Pocatello Campus
The Department of Counseling Family Education and Counseling Center (established 1972) provides family and couple counseling and family education programs for the community and serves as a training center for the graduate programs in counseling.
The family education program is embedded in a preventative philosophy of providing services to families before serious mental health problems develop in any family member.
The couple and family counseling services are typically utilized by couples and families who are experiencing various forms of relational difficulties. These services are provided on a semester basis and last an average of 11 weeks. The counseling services at the Family Education and Counseling Center are provided by advanced level Master of Counseling students from the Department of Counseling, supervised by doctoral level counseling students whose work is overseen by the Center's faculty director, Dr. David M. Kleist. Supervision is provided mainly through a process known as live supervision. Here a doctoral level supervisor, and master's level students, observe the provision of counseling services from behind a two-way mirror. Supervisory feedback can then be given during a counseling session and immediately afterward. Historically, advanced level Master of Counseling students have expressed that this context provides them with the most unique learning opportunity for their skill development.
|Interim Chair and Professor||David M. Kleist, Ph.D.|
|Professor||Linwood Vereen, Ph.D.|
|Associate Professor||Judith Crews, Ph.D.|
Elizabeth "Liz" Horn, Ph.D.
|Assistant Professor||Amy Jones, Ph.D. |
Chad Yates, Ph.D.
|Clinical Assistant Professor||Thana Singarajah, Ed.D.|
|Adjunct Associate Professor||Jim Schmidt, Ed.D.|
|Adjunct Assistant Professor||Brooks Bastian Hanks, Ph.D. |
Rick Boyes, Ph.D.
|Affiliate Faculty||Patricia Bolinger, M.Ed.|
|Instructor||Lindsi Bennett, M.A.|
Dawn Christensen, M.A.
Lance Erickson, M.Coun.
Matt Harris, M.Coun.
Troy Kase, M.Coun.
Melissa Millican, M.A.
Susan MaComb, M.Coun.
Julie Thompson, M.Coun.
|Professor Emeritus||Virginia B. Allen, Ed.D.|
Thomas E. Edgar, Ed.D.
Stephen S. Feit, Ed.D.
Arthur P. Lloyd, Ph.D.