Welcome to today's special event, making a difference with a Masters in clinical mental health counseling. My name is David Richardson Anne from all of us here at Walden University. We thank you for taking the time out of your day to join us. Please note that this webinar will be archived so you'll have an opportunity to view the presentation again or even share it with a friend or colleague. If you need accommodations to attend this webinar, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Before we get in today's content we want to take a moment to go over a few items to make sure you get the most out of this program. On the screen in front of you, you'll see the main presentation. A chat window. And a section for submitting questions for our presenters. These windows as well as other items of interest can be opened and closed at your convenience using the toolbar at the bottom of your screen. You can size these windows as you see fit so feel free to set them to your comfort level as we move on. The chat window is an area for you to connect with fellow attendees and send our presenters or moderate are any comments about the web and R. To submit questions for today's program. You want to type your question in the Q&A window. Will go ahead and answer questions either verbally during the Q and a portion of the event or will respond to you directly. Or in that window, so please keep an eye on the QA box periodically throughout the program if you ask the question. With those items out of the way it's my pleasure to introduce today's presenters doctor Bill Barclay Doctor Tracy sent stock. And Doctor James Patton. Now I'm going to turn it over to doctor Barkley for a personal introduction to our presenters. Hello everyone glad glad you're all here as David said. My name is Doctor Bill Barclay and I'm the Dean of the school of counseling. And we're excited to be able to talk to you, that our clinical mental health counseling program with us are. Doctor Tracy sent stock who's the academic program director for the school of counseling and doctor J's patent. Who is the field director for the school of counseling and he's somebody who helps people? Find and make the best use of. They're practical field experience when they get to that point in the program our agenda for today. Is to tell you a little bit about Walden? You know who Walden? Is basically laying the groundwork for you know we've done this before. We've been doing it a long time and we know how. How to do this? We will also share with you, some some highlights of some of the faculty members who are available, we have. Now roughly 90 full time faculty members, plus part time faculty members who provide a great education. Uh we will then provide an overview of the CMHC clinical mental health counseling program. And talk a little bit about how we scaffold skill development. We don't expect people to come into the program with all the skills. But we do teach them in a way that they build on each other so that by the time you get to the field experience. You have a set of tools to use to help you work with real clients out in the real world. And that's what doctor. Uh uh. I can't believe doctor patent will be focusing on with the deep dive as we go into the field experience peace. And then the other thing I think that really is part of Walden secret weapon are the resources that we have. We have so many students support resources available that doctor sent stock will talk about when we get to that point. We will have a question and answer session. So that percent stock I would like to turn it over to you. Thank you doctor Barkley welcome all of you who are participating in our presentation. This evening and I know you're taking that away time from your families and. Other parts of your lives to learn a little bit more about Walden. So I just want you to know that we recognize your time and we hope with presentations. Will meet your needs and give you a lot more good information about Walden Walden University was founded in 1970. It was built because there were no resources available or a working adults to get an advanced education without. Giving up akarere moving their family or looking living away from their family to attend the University on ground. Uh we didn't have online education before that. The Walden was designed primarily to start with with doctoral education and then in the graduate education and then we've added mask on bachelors degrees. We have over 125 thousand graduates around the world in nearly every country. We have touched the lives all over the world. And we've offering these programs in a format that allows a working adult who has a life as a family to be able to continue to grow and develop in their careers. And so we're looking forward to working with all of you as you make that decision to work change your career path and. Move into the profession you know health counseling. The accounting programs are created by count by the council for the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. So if you hear that called K crap. We've been accredited with K crap since 2009. And we've maintained that accreditation and we're still in a full 8 year accreditation ever received about 4 years ago. Until all of our programs, which are the clinical mental health counseling or school counseling and our doctoral program account for education or fully accredited by. He crip. The programs that we offer in the school of counseling in our massive program lead to licensure in the states. In terms of being a licensed professional counselor or its equivalent titles might be a life with mental health counselor. But it allows you to practice at the Masters level with a license. Ann Walden University is well known nationwide because we've been doing this for counting program social work programs in nursing education psychology. So the state board know all about Walden. We're we work closely with all the states to make sure we are meeting. And then hearing through there licensing requirements. We've had within the clinical known health counting program over 3800 graduates. In our field offices placed more than 7000 students in field experience placements that's including practicums internships together. And so we've had over 7000 students and play successfully with the field experience all over the world actually. We have Well student support for you at the Doctor Barkley mentioned we'll talk about that in our last slide in there. Also, it document within this presentation that you can download that goes over all the Walden supports that we have. The other thing that makes Walden really unique besides being an online edgecator that's got years of experience and. Hum. Not very high reputation is that we have a passion for social change. And so even in your course of the group. As you progress through you're going to be learning learning to work with individual clients. But it won't stop there. Show you how you can touch the lives of families your community your state, and even at the national level. And make change on a broader sense as well. We have 208 faculty from all across the country actually across the world we have faculty and Ireland, Africa, Israel. So we're not all in the United States, but the the full time core faculty do tend to reside in the United States. We are on a very diverse group. We differ in age, gender race ethnicity sexual orientation. We run the gamut. And we believe that every student that comes in here, not this diverse and we hope to be able to connect with. Our diverse faculty and we honor that diversity and respect that an encourage you to be who you are. I should go through this program all the faculty that you do work with our doctorale educated. They have a doctoral degree and they're all licensed. The practice and many of them have a private practice on the side, so they can do that through an online. I'm counting service or some have an office that they actually see clients out of so they had there. Your. Their licenses in there actually practicing what they're preaching at the school so they work in schools, hospitals, no health agencies Top Protective Services. And they do lobbying and advocacy doctor me to Johnson is the president of Nadac and so she's been some of her time. At the Capitol actually advocating for the rights of clients or need addiction assistance. And so she's constantly working with our government agencies at just one example of some of our faculty advocacy that we do. Well, we have. Faculty here who have held leadership roles. We have doctor David Capuzzi, who'd got past president of the American Counseling Association. The Bluebird faculty have held leadership roles are still are currently holding them in the American Counseling Association subsidiaries. Awesome city areas like the specialist in Group work and the career Development Association is several different subgroups under the American camping Association with how. Party leaders currently and in the past in those roles. Let me tell you a little bit more about how. This is overview of our program. We have conferred here at Walden. The more degrees in clinical health counseling than any other University in the last. 5 years we are as I said one of the highly thought out universities form counselor training because of our reputation. And the fact that site supervisors doctor Pat and they talk about this a bit more, but our site supervisors are. Actively seeking our students employees and then also refering people who don't have Masters degrees to Walden for our training program. We have small class sizes, even though we're a large University. We have class sizes of 12 to 15 students. You will have a faculty member working with you in those small small courses and giving you feedback every week. Weather.net discussion or an application assignment. Hum. There are events that you attend twice in your program. They're called a pre practicum event that is where you come to camp. Come to a location it could be anywhere in the country. We've used Atlanta GA. We have Houston we've been in. Florida we've been in other areas of Texas and Arizona. We've been up in Washington. So we go all over the? Beyond. United States to offer these practical events are also called residencies and this is where you will come you work with. A small group of other students in a classroom with a faculty member and you will demonstrate your ability to work with a client. On these are typically what we call unlock session or pretend counting sessions. But we you still are demonstrating your skills under the support of our faculty team and you get to. Network with other students in that process and build some really strong lasting relationship. Of those are twice in your program and you do get to work with our our student success advisers. To find a location that works more conveniently for you, we do take care to make sure we're finding. Regarding sites that are more affordable for students one of the reasons we like Atlanta is it's one of the. Least expensive airports to fly into and were able to get some reasonable hotel rates and things for our students. No. We also offer something unique here at Wildwood cold words of Wisdom Workshop. These are provided for you as a student. Or as an online once you graduate. Amber faculty, then we offered them almost once a month, sometimes more sometimes a little bit less. But they are more presentations offered by our faculty, sometimes by our students on our doctoral program to share information like. Some recent ones might be an opening a private practice of things you need to know doing online counseling thing you need to know kind of things. Each of these are also linked to the national board for certified counselors were continuing education credit and so as a student. It may not be quite as important but as an alumni. You are eligible for these pre computing. Education credits and that's really important when you become a certified counselor or a licensed counselor to maintain your? Certification and your license you will need those continuing education units and you contain those for free here at Walden. Uh other things to keep in mind is that we don't have to meet the equip the licensing requirements for all the states that we offer our program. And some of the states require additional coursework beyond our kid Kraft Credit Tatian, a common example is the state of Florida. Requires people to take a class on human sexuality, regardless of where you've gone to get your Masters degree. If you go to the state of Florida, you will need a human sexuality course. It's not a traditional course in a cake representative program. But we have that available for you and you were able to take that class. While you are student while you're receiving financial aid and meet that requirement if you're going to be living in that state. And so we need every state so you we will help you as you work through the program determine what your state. Licensing requirements are to make sure if there are any additional requirements. You get those map before you officially graduate. We have a very knowledgeable advisors. I also our faculty are available in your questions come as you work with them to answer questions throughout. When one of the other things that I think is really important is that we here at Walden offered the ability to take the national counselor exam, which is. Exam due to become a national certified counselor and also the exam, most states use for licensing you can take that before you officially graduate. Including get that in while the information is still fresh in current in your mind. Little bit about the actual program, the degrees and 90 credit hour, which is equivalent to a 60 semester hour program. We could turn quarter hours you can complete the program in 2, 1/2 to 3 years. However, it's more of a you have some self pacing that you can do here you automatically enrolled in 2 courses per quarter. But you can take one course and a quarter where you feel like well. It's kinda busy my work schedule is going to be hectic, maybe my? Partners having surgery and you know you'll need to be available more you're just let our student success advisor know that you need to, got down to one class. Or quarter and they can help you do that, or maybe life is giving you the advantage of having. Extra time and you think I can pick up an extra course this quarter and speed up my process. You are eligible to take 3 courses per quarter as long as your GPA remains at a 3.5 or higher. But you can complete the program more quickly that way. We are primarily asynchronous what that means is that you take that you do this coursework on your own time. I love you aren't held to any particular you must attend Walden at this particular time and date kind of a scheduled. There is there a couple of moments captions. We have a group lab that where that you have to do to meet. Want to grab standards, which is you have to have at least a 10 hour group experience. And so we have a group plan that we offer absolutely free for you at variable times for the date. And so an evening so you can sign up for the time that works for you in the quarter that it works for you. And that only needs for a few weeks for a couple hours a week that you can meet that cake Raptor accreditation requirements. For the speaker site or a group in your neighborhood. We also have a synchronous activity where you have to be on at the same time, other students in our. Field experience with revision called and doctor cotton can talk more about that when he talks about the field experience. And again, you would know what those times are and they would be based on your schedule and your availability. The other things like a discussion to sign with another exercise that you're doing are all designed to meet. Requirements that we have is counter edukators to make sure you have a broad knowledge all the skills you need. And have the disposition to become a competent competent professional counselor. This divisions are kind of personality characteristics and so. On our team here at Walden once you are admitted we are committed 100% behind you until you walk across that. Age and beyond where you don't want to hold you up in any way that's going to prevent you from being successful. Every effort we do is here to support you and make you an exceptional middle health, there, but when you. When you leave. The. We do have 2 optical mother opportunities to practice your skills as you go through the program. The pre practic end of the on ground. An activity that I talked about earlier, but you actually travel and one ground for 4 days with your faculty in your colleagues. And then doctor cotton will talk a lot more about little experience where you're working with real clients here shortly. On skill development, though, is not we throw you in and give you just 4 weeks a couple of times and. And you have the skills. We know this is something that takes time to develop so when you start your first course. Introductions of mental health counseling you will have the opportunity to videotape yourself doing a very short counseling role play. You will go into a clinical skills course call our techniques of counseling where you will submit multiple on examples of your. Here's your skill work. We have several other activities throughout your curriculum where you will be submitting projects or videos of your? Underskilled. And also throughout the entire program, we have available a skill group of backup faculty recolor skills committee and they're here to work with you at? Any point in time if you feel that you need to build your skills over the more you're feeling. A little nervous about whether you're really ready to go into your field work or you're getting ready for your second practicum and you're thinking. Maybe I forgot those skills. I learned in my practicum one. They're there to make appointment with you they will meet with you through. Zoom or some other formats that where you can see each other face to face on your computer and they will. Comfort you and support you and help give you the confidence. You need to go to that next level if you're struggling. Mom. Hello. Just know that there there there. We have faculty always here to help you and so don't ever get worried in our program that. Prepared we're here for you. Also, when you get ready for field work the field coordinators that we have here are phenomenal and they will help you. Binding sites and I will also help you with getting all of your paperwork complete. And I think I can turn it over to doctor cotton now to give you a lot more information in detail about the field experience and how to prepare for that. After typing everything I'm doctor, James Patton under direct control experience for the school counseling and I'm going to share a little bit about what you can expect. Alright when you join us in build experience first? What do we mean by field experience so let's be practical? And applied portion of one CMHC Education. It's like where the rubber meets the road you have a chance to start counseling. Actual clients and you're going to have a good deal of support and direction and doing that now there are 2 components. Of Field experience that occur across 3/4, so 2 major components across 3/4 nuts practicum is as one course. And then there's internship won an internship to those 3 courses occur at the end of your program. Now in those 3 courses when you start your practical course when you really try to keep you with the cohort that you begin with. And with the supervisor that she's been working with throughout that entire time. So you'll have a group of folks that you'll get. A lot of practice work that you really get to know and you'll have it intensive mentoring experience with that supervisor. That that will prepare you for the kind of intensive supervision experience that you have in your postgraduate license for hours. Now, if you were searched the expectations by our accrediting body take up you know, there are a specific number of hours. These experiences most of our students have jobs full time jobs families and so it's absolutely doable and 3/4. But if you need more time we can arrange for extra extra time extra quarters to obtain those hours so. Uh. Just as you read those requirements that are listed from K crap and I'll talk more about them in a moment. You know that. It sounds like high number, but it's the same number as every counseling program everywhere. And we can help you make sure that you've met those dollars and what analog for extra time if you need it. So when will I do all this counseling work? We prepare you to search for an approach potential sites and site supervisors. If you uh if you've done that. You've done the like working research? What's available in your area you? Talk to those clinical directors and you're just not finding aside that that that works for you, we have dedicated. Skype search support that we can, we can help you search for sites. This is particularly helpful in I think. More frontier areas where there's not a lot of sites. It's helpful to have somebody like our doctor, Susan Carmichael, whose airfield experience coordinator who can give them a call. R and talk about what the Walden experiences. Nyr students and you in particular would be a really good fit for them, so having that advocate. It has been really helpful and helping students. Get those sites that might have otherwise been really competitive so we try to help you out with that. And again we know that our students have full busy lives. And so we have a system in place to help you choose. A convenient time for you to meet with their unit University supervisor. So, your University supervisor also is the instructor for of course, that goes along with that. And so we will have a list of available times for you for potential supervision hours and you can. Then a review your own schedule, and figure out the best time out of those choose that an have a regular supervision call. I will call every week with your University supervisor that's convenient for you will also be working with your site. To negotiate when you'll be working on your field experience hours and so I will prepare you kind of how to have those conversations along the way as well. You see here at the bottom of the left hand side is a link to the field experience website. This should be available to you in the resources. For for this call as well. But as with most things. If you ever lose it if you can't find it. Walden's really well integrated into web search resources like Google or others. If you have to type in Walden counseling field experience. You would take it. We're taking in immediately to that. To that link so don't worry if even lost those. I'm going to help you get there or other searching going to get there, we in the field experience. Authors are here to support you in our doctors in stock said. We want you to be successful and we're trying we try to do everything. We can to breakdown barriers and make it easier for students to move through these last components of the program so for instance. An example that's most recently happened is some changes that we are making in relation to rules around letting. You use your employment? To also count for field experience now there are some specifics around? What how they make that happen, but. Uh it's it's a major change in how we're going to be able to offer opportunities where those who already work in mental health professions. May be able to use their employment to count all sorts of field experience so we're excited to see what happens. And comes down the Pike in it, and that way. I don't be overwhelmed. At all by the info that you're going to be seeing when when you go to that website. You're going to be hearing about all those things that we're doing to support you. But you can also see hours and a lot of rules and that kind of thing you don't worry about it. You're going to have throughout your entire program to learn all those details right now as a student who's interested. And who are. Hopefully will be joining us soon list of requirements section would be a really good place for you to look about what? What's required of a site and how many hours again are required for field experience and just really briefly. So practical met first experience that's 100 total hours, 40 of which have direct and that means 40 R. Hours for your directly face to face doing counseling with work with the client and the other 60 hours are supportive work that might be reading books in documentation. And that kind of stuff internship again occurs across two quarters and it's 600 total hours across those quarters. 204 years, which are direct or your with a client and so you'll see, those numbers in there, but Because those hours and spread out across the entire quarter. And if you needed a small quarters. We can work with you on that as well. But these are all the ways that we that we support you if you look over here at the. At the process we, we at each step of the way are preparing you for these last three courses. Even when you're just entering the program and our conversation. Today, your first quote you're going to receive a field experience checklist that has a list of. All the quarters for CMHC and what you should be doing at each step of the way to make sure that you're on track to be ready to start your build experience. At your chosen site when you get to that point in your program and So what I would suggest. Is uh? I like to print things out so I will print that out put it next to my computer and just check things off as I'm moving along. I think that also helps keep you motivated as you're moving through you can see how much progress you have. For some people don't think things out. These days and so you can always do that on your on your computer as well. Uh. Answer your first course you're going to be learning about field experience. In several courses, but in particularly at pre practicum. You will have an opportunity to to sit in on some sessions where we discussed practicum. An internship and also we will have one of our field experience coordinators oryza field experience structure will be there. And you can schedule time to come and talk with us about your particulars where you're at what you're interested in. What kind of site might work for you and we can help you plan for that along the way? And those are available at both of the pre practicums that you're going to be attending. You will along the way we using that website that I just told you about but then we have some. Other resources that are available for you as well. For instance, we keep a running list of all the fights that our students have previously been at. Or that sites are looking for students so we have these are places that we currently have already an established working relationship with. And we know that they are there that they're interested in Walden students or have had them in the past. However, and so you have that much right you'll be able to search through that and find some things hopefully in your area. But know that most of our students prefer to find their own sites, but we haven't worked with in the past. So typically students will be allowed in their community. Find something that is, of most interest to them whether that be. Working at at at a private clinic or a nonprofit organization or something like that, even if they're not on Earth. We can work with you and then to establish that kind of relationship. Now, along the way we're going to be encouraging you again to be looking in your area finding sites that might be appropriate. And will give you some pointers on how to network with them how to market yourself as a counseling student and. Developing professional and one of the things that I would highly recommend that you considering is that is, after you've identified those places. It is it's a nonprofit, especially they may have opportunities for you to volunteer there. I know that I do this in my Masters degree program. And I started early probably around where your first pre packaged in would be and I volunteered a couple of times with them. And so when it came it came to that time for that competitive process of getting a site they knew who I was. And that gave me a leg up will give you some pointers like that to help you prepare and make sure that you have the best. Sort of opportunities and best best chances of of moving forward quickly with all of those things. We use a program called metric, which is it's a place where all of the evaluations and assessments that you had. Doctor since back was talking about those skills components when you have those skills components. You'll be assessed on your developing skills that we of course, don't expect you know the mall at. First, but you should be able to see a progression underscores just as you're growing in your counseling professional identity development. And so you have continuous access to all of those schools that you cut along the way it's also where you're going to be submitting. Your field experience application and those are always do 3 months prior to when you do that field experience. So for example, for students that are going to be starting this summer. There's are due March, the 15th. All of those details are on that field experience website again, you'll be introduced to me to these things along the way. But I want you to know the level of support that we're offering and that we try to hold your hand as much as we can through that process. When you when you once you've gotten through the road goes 5 steps you'll be completing practicum internship one internship too. And once those are successfully completed after you graduate, then you're all set up for obtaining those postgraduate license for hours. That will then prepare you to be a fully licensed independent California professional nothing could go on to the next slide. Unless we're going to share with you, some of the support that we have available through Walden as well. This is by no means. A comprehensive list, but these are just some of the things that were that were able to offer. I think that I think many of you probably know all about financial aid and perhaps have used that. At your patches of it, but we know that those who come to a CMHC degree or often times looking for a major career change. And so that might mean that things are tie that you need additional assistance to be able to Bend Your. Transferring a counseling education financial aid can help you with that and can walk you through the process and. And make sure that you can watch me. We have lots of faculty interaction in my experience. Having done a student and then having thought as well. I know that. When I teach courses here, I have a lot more personal interaction with every single student and I ever had when I was a student. In a land based institution, I can also say that having taught as a teaching assistant at those land based institutions. I also have more interactions with my students that I had at that time as well so. This can happen in a number of ways that we have discussion boards where you and your peers are all learning together. Which also beginning extensive feedback and support from the faculty and those discussions but in your grading and demonstrating the counseling skills. They don't give you both in schools are going to be in better track, but you also get a lot of. Pointers on how to continue to improve so that once you do get to field experience and beyond that. You are the best counts in professional need to be. Many of our students into Graduate School on a linear less gym in his Graduate School kind of concerned about our scholastic. Writing abilities. Do not do that, we have tons of resources through the writing center and even you can request them to review a paper so you have a big? Final coming up for one of your courses you can arrange for them to send in a paper early. For them to review and give you feedback on your writing so that you have. You can get that part out of the way and focus solely on the content and you know that you're writing is solid. So when you see that those things those documents. The academic skill center offers things like targeted training for a PA style for Masters level students. Student development. It's important to note that becoming a counselor involves a degree of personal transformation what it is to be a counselor. There are certain behaviors and characteristics that are expected of our profession and student development is here to help. Make sure that there are students of meeting those expectations and if they have rooms room for growth or if they have. If we want additional support in those ways. We can, we can target those an assistant make sure that you're ready to go out into the field. After the conference with us know when when when you move into field experience and beyond. Student outreach and support is a little bit different than that this is really about rallying support and resources to help. Perhaps his life struggles things that are going on at cheap flights that are taking them away from their ability to focus on their studies. One or minus the things that they need to support around where we are dedicated to that student outreach in support. And helping students manage those to stay focused and keep moving forward to this program. As I mentioned a minute ago, skilled support is something that is always available to you here at Walden. It is kind of a sibling to student development and just as we can help our students develop the persona. Have accounts in Edmonton identity, we can also identify those who need help or want help with counseling skills. Or it could be more successful in a program and affected with clients in the future on there are a number of opportunities. From individualized help to help work to help with a program where a number of other students should get together. And practice with each other and we have those regularly. Students accepted by then be these advisors are conflicting helping with practical elements supplies things like changing specialization or. Or. Once you perhaps found out that your state requires additional additional questions because you work with our lives since your folks. They can help you add state specializations next when you get what you need to be able to be licensed in your state. Not in the office to build experience. We want you to be successful, it's our job to make sure. But you have a strong opportunity to finish out your work with the Spirit Walden and then move forward. We are also charged with being protectors of the public and the profession. You've probably heard the adage of doing no harm. Part of our responsibility is making sure that our students and body that so we do what we can to make sure students are prepared to offer competent. Here now and in the future, and if there are areas for growth. We identify ways to to meet that so that our students could be successful, too, supportive presence. Allclear center can help you prepare for, for what's next. Help you structure organizer resume or even prepare for an interview so if you are perhaps a little bit worried about going to. Sites an marketing yourself as a student to do practicum and internship there review some of those interview resources, they have. Videos and tips and things of all that sort that will help you do that. I know that many of our. Students might not have worked in a professional office environment in the past, so that kind of support. I think is really invaluable and when you. Combine that with the preparation that we offered through the field experience. Marcus I think you're going to get what? You need to be able to get them to say yes and bring you on. Eagle pass it back to that person so. Thank you doctor Pat and I know that a baby have been collecting questions in the question and answer. Look you in a box? How do you wanna customer those along to us so we can make sure we're addressing the questions are? Participants have put forward. Yeah, absolutely and I have sort of. Group them together a little bit based off of the general topic areas, so there were a few questions relating specifically to. Exams in licensure. Um what? Uh. What test is taken specifically for licensure as a counselor? OK, I can take that question since doctors and stuck. It depends on your state, the majority of the states require the national counselor exam. There are a few states that require the National Clinton clinical mental health counselor exam. As you go through our program. We're going to help you be prepared for both of those we actually offer both exams here at Walden before you graduate. This is not very many states that take that require the national clinical mental health counselor exam, most views and national counselor exam that I mentioned. And you will have in your courses as you progress through a central questions so for example, on there. There are clear questions on that exam and so when you are taking the career class you would be given. Sample questions that you might see on that National Council again within that course, so you can practice and see how well you. How you doing? How well prepared you are and we also have workshops throughout that help you with a successful? Passing of that national counselor exam that would help you throughout the program to meet that requirement. But you will want to check with your state, congruent teach you as a student here? How to look at different state requirements. Actually, we don't want to tell you what you need to do, we want you to know how to look at these different websites? Because you may not always reside in state that you're currently located in if we want to as they say teach you how to fish. If you decide that at some point you may move to Montana and you've been living in Kansas. You might look to see well. Will I be licensed there and so instead of having to contact us here at well, then you could not. You could learn how to look at the Montana website and find out for sure what you would need to take for that licensing. Other fairly standard types of websites with similar type of information so once you learn how to look at the site and what's required? To become account where you can pretty much find find that information for all 50 states. OK, that was helpful. Excellent so a little bit of a combination here. First, the confirmation that we're referring to is getting a licensure. To become an LCPC and then would the individual then be able to open up their own practice. Yes, that degree is designed to be an independent functioning licensed professional at the Masters level. You will be able to hang out your shingle as they say as they? Licensed practitioners, you can collect third-party reimbursement, which is in turn payments things like that. You can become part of managed care networks another. Support resources for for clients. The thing is, we have multiple tiles that you can use across state. There's for example, the license professional counselor. There's a licensed LPC licensed clinical professional counselor. There's like we've known health counselor and some others out there, but Our program is designed to meet each of those states requirements to practice at the Masters level with a license. Keep in mind that no matter where you go to receive your Masters degree. You will have post degree hours to complete before you're officially licensed. They will work under a supervisor for 2 years 3 years 4 years whenever the state requires a couple phases require one year. But they will tell you that that's the level? How many hours you need to complete post degree under a supervisor. Before, you can actually practice independently. And that may sound like a postponement of your job when you get to that point. If you're like me, you're gonna be so grateful you have someone right there. And to help guide you as you work with your clients and enter the profession as a support system. Excellent and then following up on that are the program is the program structured in a way such that. Depending on different requirements for licensure in different states students may have to take different courses. The name curriculum is the same for all and that's the 90 hour cacrep required curriculum. There are some states that have different requirements. And so when we said we will help you identify if your states one of those. But if you're not going to live in one of those states that has an additional requirement. You would graduate with a 90 hour program. The majority of our states probably 80% of them don't have any additional requirements. There's a small percentage into about 20% of the states that have. Maybe a few extra hours of internship. They may have a class that you take but we hope you find out what that is, and how? Go back in as part of your actual program. Now of course, Dr Patton. You've got a lot of questions here about field experience so I'll send these your way. Our internships typically paid or unpaid. I. Typically students do in turn do internships at sites that do not pay for the for for those services. However, it. If you can find one that does provide that does paper, we can work with that. Yeah, it is totally. Allowed but in the profession. It's less less frequent. It really also kind of depends on your region some regions. That is more likely to find then others. So I'm going to combine a few questions in here because of course, this topic is one you and I spoke about. Earlier, today. An interest in doing field experience with the current employer are they allowed to do that. Oh, that's that's the great that is the great question so we have had some movement and being able to allow this traditionally the answer has. Very limited for us to be able to let you do that. However, we have, we have most recently, a very great announcement that. We're going to be able to expand that so it's the site meets all of the expectations for K Craft. And the field experience manual the site supervisor meets expectations and those site supervisors have to be a fully licensed. Independent mental health professional in one of the sister professions or as or as a counselor so the sensor professions. Our marriage and family therapy social work psychology and then the various. Life is minimal counter like in clinical professional counselor in all of those other terms, so they have to meet all of those expectations. And it has to be an experience that would require you to have a Masters degree in order to offer that. So. For instance, in most states people can be a substance abuse counselor with just a bachelors level degree you couldn't count that. As your master's level field experience, but many employers might bring on someone that's currently in there in a Masters program. And say contingent upon you graduating with that, you can have a job here for those places an if it's a Masters level counseling. Experience and we thought those requirements, yes, it can, we going to be able to work with that an. Be able to make that happen. Excellent. So uhm how. Are individuals who work in rural areas or who work by traveling able to find sites that would qualify for field experience. Right so um so of course, there are major differences if you live in front in parts of North Dakota or. Montana there are far fewer sites and say if you live in Atlanta, GA that is absolutely a reality for. Counseling folks in any program as I said, we keep a list of sites that that we have worked with in the past or that are interested in working with us. Uh and um and also we have site search support available. We will begin our search within a very small area within that within your range and extend that out, depending on what kind of opportunities are available. In the area, so another path to drive further than others. In order to have these experiences. But we do our best to support you to make you help you find that? But there are a lot of different opportunities things you might not even be thinking about so it's not just in stuff that you could do it, you could be in a private practice with someone so it could be. Someone that uh like a psychologist for professional counselor who has it's just them in the office and they see clients. That's an appropriate place for students to get ours. So would be a nonprofit counseling center, so perhaps it's a center that serves. She only talks HIV positive populations or or serves low income clients any of those kinds of prices are really good options. Because my pockets really like to bring on Masters students for insurance because they are able to offer those services to more people. And I'm really not have extra cost for doing so, so their entire also of course, hospitals, they're impatient. An outpatient facilities there are residential treatment facilities. We've had students who were placed in prisons or other setting such as that. Yeah, we will work with you, but there are a lot of things that you might not even be thinking about in your area that would be appropriate. So now we gotta question in here that we didn't get earlier today and I think it's actually a really great question. And then segues a little bit into a conversation about our student support services. If you currently work in a mental health field. And you're working say 40 plus hours per week is this degree program, even possible how successful or students who work full time. Well, I I can tell you based off of my experiences with students better than incredibly common. Um, I'll just I'll speak to this with something With A with a very specific number of hours so. Remember as I was saying a few minutes ago for practicum. There are 100 total hours that you have to get. But only 40 of those hours in practicum are face to face where you're doing counseling with with a client. Our actual counseling now you'll have to do supervision. Also at the site but that's an hour week, the rest of those hours. Indirect hours can be at the side or at home, so 40 hours if you do that over the course of 11 weeks. That's just about 4 hours a week that might be 1 or 2 evenings or part of a Saturday now there are more hours in it. An internship but most of us have been in that position and have made it work. It is likely that you'll. Rely on support of family and friends for if you have kiddos and things of that sort but that is the case. If you enter into any graduate program rely on those resources, but it's absolutely doable. We've probably everyone on this cause it. Did that very kind of thing? Excellent. So would students be able to another counseling degree programs be able to transfer credits into this program. Doctor Strange box fish market that when I think that bad for her. Yes, I people can transfer up to 45 credits if there are coming from the cake rapper accredited program. Damn, it way easier to have those courses transfer because the courses make the same outcomes that are required by the accrediting body. However, if it's not accredited program. It doesn't mean that we don't look at those credits and the content. Yes, we can to make sure we count every 4th of student taken and given credit for that we don't want. Someone happened to retake something they've already mastered. We also don't want to accumulate more debt than you would need to. So we definitely take a very, very close look at courses already completed the other universities and we do transfer. After 9 barcode our courses. Excellent so we did have some questions about both tuition and financial aid 1 question was specifically how much is tuition for this program? One thing that we would point out is that really the best source of information about the cost and time to completion of a program. Is to reach out to one of the enrollment specialist? Who can work with you to get an evaluation done? Of any potential transfer of credit that you may have into the program and provide you with a really personalized. Estimate of what the time to completion would be an ultimately what the cost to completion would be as well. We do have a financial aid team that's able to. Specific answers about your specific financial aid. Um situation. So definitely you know if you have questions about those things in particular, your best resource is probably going to be to reach out to your enrollment specialist. As we did have some questions about program structure can, we explain how long quarter. Uh courses are and are you able to do one class at a time versus doing 2 classes at the time. If I can answer that question, we are on 11 we quarters and so we have a winter spring. Summer and fall term and actually as a student you can you can start your program in any of those quarters? And so if you feel like you're behind don't worry about it will catch you up and get you started. Anywhere terms, we offered the first courses every quarter, so that you're able to get started the. Hum. There was another part of that question I just lost it or are you able to do one course per quarter versus doing 2. Yeah, we will start you out with two courses one of the short one credit foundations course and the other is a? Pull up 11 week course. On quarter course. After that, you can take one course if you realize Hey, my life's too busy and I need to make sure I can manage. Taking care of my children as well as you know, my my job and so I'm going to do one course. Just let your students students accepted by their know that you will automatically be enrolled for 2 courses. That's the traditional number of course, is our students take? In our typical student is a single parent with children and sometimes having more than one job and so for those who are wondering can you make it? If you want this to be something you want to do you can make it we have a lot of students? Just like you if that's your situation here at Walden and then if you think you have extra time. You can take 3 courses all you had to do is maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. And you can take 3 courses in return, if you had the time to do so. So we didn't have a question about transitioning into doctoral degree programs. After completing your Masters program. Can we talk a little bit about what that process would be like. If you are interested in staying in the counseling profession for your doctoral program. We have quite a few of our graduates who moved into our doctorates encounter education and supervision. That is the cake rip accrediting body doctoral program in the counseling profession that is to become advanced practitioner. As well as a supervisor and an instructor so you could work at a University teaching and training being clinic director where you? I'm bringing a lot of other interns people who are leaving their field experience in offering the supervision. We do have? Probably the other thing that people might look at is a Human Services Doctorate degree where you maybe look more into agency management or? Working in more of a leadership administrative role in Human Services. Some people go into a counseling psychology program. Now, those are probably the most common things that I see our students go into in a doctor program. But by far the PhD in concert dictation supervision is the most popular or graduates. So when are the pre practicums held and is their flexibility in being able to take those when you would take those? We offer them every quarter and they usually occur between weeks 3 and 5 of the term and they are on a different location. So when you when you are eligible to take your pre plastic him your student success advisor will let you know that. You're eligible an it's time to design up. Let's say that you're ready in September. If you think for one in Atlanta. According to your student success advisers, but you decide that that's not convenient. You could move to maybe the December 1 in Orlando, FL. He would work with your students assess advisor to figure out which location in which dates work best for you. We do have a limitation that we ask you to take your practical within a certain period of time. If you need to extend that let's say that financially you need at least one more quarter. To to be able to make that work by taking some time off of work. To turn that on for 4 days on ground just just let us know we work with our students. Sure you're successful and and meet your financial and family needs as you go through the program. So we are approaching the end of this session. We do have a lot of questions that are still in here. Any that were not able to answer we are going to go ahead and follow up via email with you. But I did want to sort of put one together. 'cause there were a couple questions that came in. The they kind of. Examined a little bit there or question the overlap between the master in clinical mental health counseling like area of knowledge. Of say clinical psychology, and therapy can, we talk a little bit about you know what makes this degree. What somebody would be looking for specifically going into a program like this? Why would you choose counseling? Yeah, no problem. I'm happy to do that, so as I was mentioning earlier. There are a number of sister professions. That is determined that we have called them here within our within our program, there might be other ways to describe that. But mental health professions and they all kind of have a unique perspective on on what who they work with and what clients needs. Traditionally, the counseling profession is Wellness and development oriented so that might be different than primarily focusing on psychopathology, which you might do if you got. A clinical psychology program. We do absolutely prepare our students to work with psychopathology at as part of your training and. It will be part of the work that you do, but how we go about that is perhaps a little bit different. And we work with with folks with life circumstances. Uh an and support them so it's really about Wellness. An optimal development. Excellent so that does bring us to the end of this event as I mentioned. We do have a lot of questions that were not. We weren't able to get to. Are they are very specific questions So what will do is will go ahead and have some of our presenters? Respond to those via email. That brings us to the end of the event. Thank you very much for we appreciate you taking the time out of your schedules to join us. Thank you for the wonderful questions as a reminder this web and R will be archived. It can be viewed on demand. The link to access that is going to be sent in a follow up email. Please feel free to share this content. With a friend or colleague or a family member and we encourage you to connect with our faculty students. And alumni by connecting with Walden on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and you can actually find our Facebook wall. 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