The graduate Counseling program at the University of North Texas has frequently been ranked among the top counselor preparation programs in the nation and the best in Texas. Our Master of Science and Master of Education degree programs prepare you to work in a variety of counseling settings such as:
You can pursue program tracks in elementary school counseling, secondary school counseling and clinical mental health counseling. Each program meets academic specifications for state certification as a school counselor or licensure as a professional counselor.
Our programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (1001 North Fairfax St., Suite 510; Alexandria, Va. 22314; telephone 703- 535-5990). This accreditation means our programs meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education.
Many of our faculty members are renowned experts in the field. They've earned recognitions from the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Texas Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators. Their research interests include:
More targeted research has been conducted on suicide prevention, mental health services for low-income clients, counseling and play therapy in schools, near-death experiences and spiritual transformation. We've also received the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision's Outstanding Program Award and its Publication in Counselor Education and Supervision Award multiple times.
These tracks prepare you to become a school counselor for children in preschool through 12th grade. You'll become familiar with school counseling and guidance services, develop better self-understanding and develop the competencies of professional school counselors.
This track prepares you for counseling positions in college and university counseling, mental health centers, private counseling agencies, drug abuse centers, centers for counseling the elderly, child protective services, child counseling clinics, family counseling centers, pastoral counseling settings and business and industry. This track gives you the opportunity to counsel a broad range of clients. You'll choose to specialize in work with children, adolescents, college populations or adults.
Program admission is competitive. Provisional admission requirements are:
After attending the orientation meeting and completing a group interview, the Master's Admissions Committee conducts a holistic review of all applicants. You'll receive a letter regarding admission within one month of the orientation and interview. If you're granted provisional admission, you should contact the counseling program for academic advising before registration.
Our department funds several scholarships to help you pursue a graduate degree. For more information on scholarships, visit our website. Information about other financial assistance programs is available at the Graduate School's website or the Financial Aid website.
The center offers individual counseling and couple, family and group counseling. Low-cost counseling services are provided by counselors-intraining under a faculty member's supervision using the latest in audiovisual technology.
The clinic provides diagnostic and remedial services to children, adolescents, adults and families experiencing difficulties at home or school. Graduate students acquire valuable field experience by providing the clinic's low-cost services under a faculty member's supervision.
The center encourages children's development and emotional growth through play therapy, a dynamic interpersonal relationship between a child and a trained therapist. The center provides training, research, publications, counseling services and scholarships, and it acts as a clearinghouse for literature in the field.
The consortium trains professionals and volunteers to work with their pets to facilitate the mental health, well-being and development of adults, adolescents and children through positive human-animal interactions. Workshops and courses are offered throughout the year.
Each year, our program offers conferences where nationally known speakers present current perspectives on counseling issues. Licensed professional counselors, nationally certified counselors and licensed chemical dependency counselors may earn continuing education credit by attending these conferences:
Sue Bratton, Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Play therapy; filial therapy; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children; supervised practice involving families in children's counseling.
Cynthia Chandler, Professor; Ed.D., Texas Tech University. Animal-assisted therapy; biofeedback therapy; women's emotional health; counseling supervision.
Amanda Giordano, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Substance abuse counseling; counseling supervision; spirituality issues in counseling; Adlerian social interest.
Janice Holden, Professor and Department Chair; Ed.D., Northern Illinois University. Transpersonal/spiritual issues in counseling; couple counseling; sexuality and sexual dysfunction therapy; cognitive therapy; screening counseling program applicants.
Leslie Jones, Clinical Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Play therapy; expressive arts; supervised practice.
Natalya Lindo, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Georgia State University. Career development and life planning; counselor supervision; filial therapy; play therapy; teacher-child relationship building.
Elizabeth Prosek, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Old Dominion University. Clinical mental health counseling; counselor education and supervision; diagnosis and assessment; underserved populations.
Dee Ray, Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. School counseling; play therapy; counselor supervision.
Lisa Schulz, Clinical Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Oregon State University. Developmental processes in counseling; dual identity development of adolescents; counselor education and supervision.