CURRENTLY IN PURSUIT OF CACREP ACCREDITATION
Austin Peay State University's (APSU), Counseling Graduate Program is committed to excellence and is currently in progress of receiving accreditation through the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation will provide recognition that the content and quality of APSU's Counseling Graduate Program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession. The self-study portion is completed and the application has been submitted. All students who graduate within 18-months of the program receiving accreditation will be grandfathered and will be considered to have graduated from a CACREP accredited program.
The mission of the Master’s Program in Counseling is to provide both academic and clinical training that will prepare students to be highly effective professional counselors. Our goal is to influence students to be life-long learners who are sensitive to and appreciative of the developmental needs of individuals and groups in the context of a rapidly changing multicultural society. Students completing the school counseling concentration are eligible for Tennessee certification as school counselors pending their passing of the Praxis Exam. Students completing the mental health counseling concentration will have met the educational requirements for licensure in Tennessee as Licensed Professional Counselors with the Mental Health Service Provider designation.
Values and Diversity
Respect for diversity and for values different from one's own is a central value of the M.S. in Counseling program at Austin Peay State University. The program faculty are particularly committed to educating students who are dedicated to reducing disparities in society based on race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and other social group membership. The valuing of diversity is also consistent with the counseling profession as mandated by the American Counselor Association's Code of Ethics (2014). Students enrolled in the M.S. in Counseling program demonstrate these values. Please read our Values Statement addressing diversity in its entirety.
The Masters' Program in Counseling strives to support holistic development of quality counselors by meeting program and curriculum specific objectives that are aligned with CACREP Standards.
|CACREP Professional Identity Standard||APSU Program Objectives|
|Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice||To prepare counselors who are knowledgeable about the philosophy, history, and current and future trends in the counseling profession.|
|Social and Cultural Diversity||To train counselors who can recognize, understand, and respond to social and cultural differences and change in our society.|
|Human Growth and Development||
To train counselors who have a foundation for understanding human behavior and development.To prepare counselors who are able to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate counseling interventions and programs.
|Career Development||To prepare counselors who are knowledgeable and skilled in helping clients make life and career decisions.|
|Counseling and Helping Relationships||
To train counselors who are knowledgeable and skilled in the helping/counseling process.To prepare counselors who are able to apply knowledge, theory, and skills to work effectively with clients in a variety of modalities (individual, group, family) and to use crisis intervention, brief counseling, and long-term approaches.
|Group Counseling and Group Work||
To train counselors who are knowledgeable and skilled in providing group counseling.
|Assessment and Testing||
To prepare counselors who are knowledgeable and skilled in gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data about individuals.To prepare counselors who are knowledgeable and skilled in the use of assessment techniques, including diagnosis, with individuals and groups.
|Research and Program Evaluation||
To prepare counselors who are knowledgeable about research and program evaluation.To prepare counselors who are able to read, critique, utilize and contribute to professional research literature and who are able to engage in program evaluation.
|CACREP Professional Identity Standard||APSU Program Objectives|
|Program Area Standards||To prepare counselors who meet additional curricular objectives for their specialization area in the areas of service, prevention, treatment, referral, and program management.|
|Professional Practice Standards||Develop, through supervised practicum and internship experiences, an integration of the knowledge and skills needed to be successful as practicing counselors.|
|Personal Growth and Understanding||Develop, through self-reflection and insight, an understanding of oneself and the use of self in the counseling process. Develop a personal approach to counseling and client/student advocacy with a clear understanding of counselor functions.|
I like the genuine and positive support from professors and students in this program
I like this program because I’m learning to not only help others, but to help myself. Self-care is something I did not expect to learn so much about.
I like the kindness and patience of the people who make the program. The professors and fellow students are all wonderful people whom I did not think I would become so attached to when I applied, but here I am in the midst of them.
The most surprising thing is your connections you build with your cohort. I can honestly say I’m walking away with friends for life.
What Will I Learn?
The Master of Art (MA) Degree in Counseling includes two possible concentrations: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration curriculum requirements include a minimum of 60-hours of coursework, a 100-hour practicum experience, 600-hour internship, and a comprehensive examination. Students completing this concentration will have met the educational requirements for licensure in Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider status.
The School Counseling concentration curriculum requirements include a minimum of 51-hours of coursework, a 120-hour practicum experience, 600-hour internship, and a comprehensive examination. Students completing this concentration will have met the current licensing requirements for the Tennessee Board of Education.