Master’s Programs in Counseling are designed to prepare counselors across three tracks: Clinical Mental Health, Couple and Family, or School. All three tracks lead to an LPC credential, but the school counseling track also leads to a Traditional A Certification.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling track is designed to prepare counselors to work in such settings as mental health centers, substance abuse treatment programs, hospitals, private practice, and community agencies. Students desiring a higher-education counseling setting should also pursue this track.
Couples & Family Counseling
The Couples and Family Counseling track is designed to prepare counselors to work systemically with couples and families in a variety of settings. Relationships within couple, marriage, and family units can face times of tension and crisis. In such times, counselors can provide a sounding board, mediation, and guidance for those willing to work towards relational stability. Graduate students in UM’s Couple & Family counseling track will draw from a body of research-based knowledge and “best practices” in counseling techniques in order to provide assistance to those who are facing obstacles. Additionally, graduates are eligible to pursue licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Alabama.
The School Counseling track is designed to prepare school counselors at the elementary and secondary levels. This program track has been approved by the State Board of Education for the Alabama Class A Certificate in School Counseling. Teaching can be hard when students are distracted by learning difficulties, home problems, and other life stressors. School counselors can provide an invaluable resource to classroom teachers and school districts. UM’s School Counseling degree track will prepare you to provide assistance to elementary and secondary students in order to help them grow and succeed. In addition to eligibility for the LPC credential, the School Counseling program leads to a recommendation for Alabama Class A certification in Counseling and Guidance.
Counseling Program Recent Events
Counseling student Lucy White (known as Farmer Lucy to the students) is integrating organic gardening with individual and group counseling and classroom guidance at a low SES Birmingham City School. The children have also built a produce stand where they sell fresh vegetables to the neighborhood.
Dr. James Jackson collaborating with students learning the DSM 5
Spring 2015 Chi Chapter inductees of Chi Sigma Iota