Welcome to today's special event. Embrace your passion and learn about clinical mental health counseling. My name is David Richardson and 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 into 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. All of 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 along. But shot window is an area to connect with fellow attendees and send our presenters or moderate are any comments about the web and R. For today's question in the Q&A window, answer questions either verbally during the Q and a portion of the web and arm, or we will respond to you directly or in that window. So please keep an eye on the Q&A box periodically throughout the program. If you asked a question. With those items out of the way, it's my pleasure to introduce today's presenters, doctor Bill, Barclay, doctor, Tracy sense talk and doctor Miranda Griffin. Because this event is designed to provide a more personal introduction to Walden University. At this point I'll turn it over to our presenters to speak about their special connection to the school. Thank you all very much for being here and I will let you take it from here. Thank you very much. Uh, my name is Doctor Bill Barclay. The Dean of the school of counseling and the Dean of the school of Human Services. An I've been part of the counseling profession for 40 years and have been excited to see how it is evolved toward now we have a an online program that produces fantastic fantastic graduates who are who are placed in various places and do extraordinary Lee well. Once they get into the field with me, today are two people who are gonna be talking with you about more specifics. A doctor Tracy sent stock is the program director for the school of counseling and doctor Miranda. Griffin is the director of clinical skills training for the school of counseling. But for now, let me walk you through the agenda. Just an overview of what we're gonna be covering today. I'm gonna tell you a little bit about the Walden Story who we are in an kind of our background, what's going on there, and then we'll talk about our faculty an highlights about our faculty are our faculty or very, very strong. We have a great team of people who truly care about students and who are also experts in their in their areas, so you know, we'll talk more about that as we go through the agenda. Then we'll talk about an overview of the clinical mental health counseling program itself. A bit more details and how we scaffold skill development throughout the process and through our resident season and pre practicum experiences so that you see how we help you develop the skills you need. We don't expect you to come in with them, but we have lots of support and services to help you get there an ultimately then you go out into the field during your field experience. Portion and we have a really strong team that helps you develop an find your field experience and then helps you through that process as well. And throughout the whole program, our students support resources. At Walden are second to none. I called them are our secret weapon from a writing center. If you have difficulty with Scholarly Writing 'cause it's different, you know we we all probably right. Well for a different circumstances, but scholarly writing's a little bit different if it is in in terms of skill development. If you're working with developing certain. Certain skills with your clients or or things you need to know. We have a whole set of support services for that and then will you know will have the responses to the Q&A throughout, so I hope you get a lot out of this and and let me continue with this. A brief overview but a bit of Walden story. We have almost 50 years of providing degree programs. Predominantly to adult learners 100 and 25,000 graduates from Walden are are participating in social change efforts, an working in their professions throughout the world. We are credited through K crap and which is the Council of accreditation of counseling related educational programs and they accredit all counseling programs. That In in, in our programs, in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling in counselor education and supervision and this organization. If you graduate from a cake crap accredited program that is one of the critical paths on the way to being licensed in your various states to be a counselor, and each state may have some of their own requirements, but. For most of MK crap credit, Dacian is is part of that, and so we have expertise in those areas, not just in counseling, but in social work, nursing, education, psychology. We have again a whole team of people who help you and help us make sure that we're providing you with the programs you need. And we have a solid solid solid track record third 38184 CMHC graduates, and more than 7000 students. Place successfully infield experiences so we know how to do it, and we've done it. And we have a track record for you. Again, the personalized student support is something I can't stress enough. Uh, if you need help, we have it. The only thing is you have to. Let us know if you need it or if we see it an we mentioned it to you and reach out to you. Then it's important that you take advantage of it as well. It's it's there for your, for your assistance. We are committed to your success an we want to help you be successful. And then what underlies everything while then does, from undergraduate programs and other disciplines. Two doctorates PHD's. Professional doctorates is our passion for social change that you know what we hope will happen is that when you graduate, not only will you help make yourself in your own lives in your own family better, but you also to the clients in the communities that you work in. You'll be in a position to help make the world a better place as well. Now I'd like to turn it over to doctor Tracy sense, not who's the academic program director. Hello everyone and thank you for joining us this evening and giving us some time to share our Walden story. I've excited to introduce you to some of our faculty aren't faculty accomplishments. We have a 100% doctorly educated faculty. Everyone has a doctoral degree that will be teaching your courses. They're all also licensed to practice so that you will be having instructors who are licensed and well trained and qualified to be your instructors. We have 200. 8 faculty from all across the world while the majority are in the United States, we have some in Ireland, Africa, Israel. We tend to have a pretty broad presence, so you might have some faculty who are not even in the United States. All of our faculty are working in different areas of clinical mental health counseling. It may be in schools or hospitals, private practices, no health agencies, some do Child Protective Services, an. We have a lot of lobbying and advocacy that goes on. Actually, we have documented Johnson, who's the president of Nadac, which is an addiction organization, and she does a lot of work at the capital level, especially with the opioid issues and educating our leaders in the Senate and the house. We just have an amazing group of faculty just to give another example. We have a faculty member of this year that's going to receive the 2020 Gilbert and Kathleen Rent Award for humanitarian and caring person at the American Counseling Association. Based on all the outward out rate she has done working with. All the social services and social change activities. One of our faculty received his states 2019 United Way director of the agency director of the Year award. Because of the work that he did with the flooding down in Mississippi, we just have people touching lives all over the all over the country. The other thing is there all recognized experts in their field and they have written some of the chapters of your books. They're writing in the current Journal that you'll be reading. They very invested in what's happening right here right now for our clients, for you as students. I mean what's happening in our world. Give you a little bit more about the clinical mental health counseling program in general is that it has been accredited. We have had them highest number of degrees awarded of all counting programs in the United States over the last five years. Our program is large, but don't let that intimidate you. We are ready to provide you that one on one. On teaching experience. We have class sizes of 12 to 15 students on as the maximum in all of our courses know course has more than 15 students as it's cat. If they wind up being 16 is because every section was full. With 15 we had one extra students, and so there might be a time when you might be a 16. Stimulus is very, very rare and we are very committed to making sure that you have that more individualized teaching with your student with your faculty. And we do have me Vincent Dr Griffin's going to talk about later or you get to work in person with some faculty and students that are pre practicum events and she'll tell you more about those shortly. We also have words of wisdom workshops that we provide. Typically is at least one a month. That's led by our faculty occasionally are doctoral. Students will read will lead one of these words of wisdom workshops. These are topics that we find very helpful for the students and they are things like. Um, building a private practice things to know. Becoming an online counselor. How to get credential. How to get clients things that our students like to learn about that. You also get continuing education credits from these activities. And so as a curve student. If you have a certification maybe an addiction certification that requires continuing. Continuing education credits. You can get those while you are student for absolutely free and then once you graduate all of you will need to maintain licensing an certification. Anaza Walden Alumni you can continue to earn those continuing education units for free here at Walden and you would be part of our very strong and growing alumni student network. We do want you. Don't be aware that every state has different licensing needs. The majority of our state states require the straight clinical mental health counseling degree that is like on the cake Ripper credited program, but there are a few states that do have some additional requirements. We have a team of faculty Anna whole counseling on life is your office. That's here to help guide you. If you have questions about your state actually requires. If it does have anything extra. We worked with all the States and know exactly what you need to make sure when you graduate you are. Holy licensure eligible. We have assistance as well in preparing for the national counselor exam that is the exam that most states use for licensure to become a professional counselor or national clinical mental health counselor. Whatever your particular state requires in terms of your title as a licensing on board, we offer that assistance through sample questions throughout some of our courses. They'll be little quizzes so you get to practice taking the quizzes. We also have words of wisdom workshops on the National Council exam, and we have several training resources where you can get more and more information in short webinars. The actual program is 90 quarter hours and can be completed typically in 2 1/2 to three years. Alot of our students are adult learners and that may not always be easy to be enrolled every quarter and two courses, which is what happens here at Walden. We just go ahead and keep you going. But if for some reason life happens, let's say you have a new baby in the family or there's a wedding going on or someone seriously ill and you need to have one course instead of two. We just let us know you contact your success advisor and he or she will make sure that you just have one class that quarter so that you can manage continuing your education but also addressing the events in your life. Also those times where life gives you a few extra moments. Maybe you want to take a third course. You're certainly eligible to do so by notifying your success advisor and as long as your GPA is a 3.5 or higher, you can continue to take up to three content courses until you get to your field experience. And speed up your time of your program. We are primarily asynchronous, which means that you do your coursework when you want to do your coursework, but you don't have to meet at certain times with classmates or with instructors. If they ask for that kind of a meeting and you schedule, it will be time. That means your schedule as well, but there's not a requirement in our courses for you to do what we call synchronous work. We do have two synchronous activities, though. Throughout the program and one of the group lab. Cacrep requires all students in a Cape Program to do a 10 hour group experience. We offer that for you for free so you don't have to go find a group in your area and take extra time that may not be available to you. We have groups that are all different times of the day. An Monday through Sunday, so typically you were able to find a group time that works conveniently in your schedule and you have several quarters in which to meet that requirement so that you can find a time that will meet your schedule. Other than that, the field experience does have supervised calls about your experience on site, and those also are what we call synchronous an. When you schedule your field experience course room time that will have your input into when you are available, so you'll be able to find a time. Then again meets your schedule for those synchronous activities. Everything that we do is in terms of our discussions, assignments and exercises in the course room help you build the three areas that are accrediting body in American County Association requires and that is the build your knowledge, skills and dispositions to become a competent and confident professional counselor. A question that often arises In addition to that 90 quarter hour core clinical mohawks counting program. What are the specializations? Well, we do have a specialization in addiction counseling, wanted forensic counseling, marriage, couple of family counseling, military families and cultures, and trauma and crisis counseling. Those specializations are two extra courses or 10 credits are courses or five credits, and you take those courses. Sometimes people take those during their field work so it doesn't add any extra length of time to their program, but it allows you to gain additional knowledge and expertise into content area. So if you really have an interest in working with addiction, that might be a good specialization. If you're interested in working more specifically with marriage, couple of family issues, that would be a nice specialization to add. We also have y'all Terry families, for example. If you think you're going to work a lot with military families and their unique needs, trauma and crisis is another very popular one. We have a lot of people right now in our country, whether it's military or not. We're dealing with trauma and crisis in their lives, and so. See, these are options there completely voluntary, but they do help you build an extra knowledge base and it does help on your resume when you're seeking employment to be able to add that in as a as an extra qualification. It kind of brings your resume to the top. The state education specialization is for those states that require an additional course or additional clinical hours before you complete your degree to be able to be licensed eligible on. That way, we can add a course into your plan of study and have you received financial aid for that course. Can be able to complete it as part of your actual program. Um? And there are the specializations are not required. You can work with addiction clients. You can work with marriage couples and family and couples who family and you can work with military families you can do from a crisis work without doing the specialization. But they do help a lot of our students feel more comfortable in those areas without with a little extra extra knowledge and support. The other thing I want to talk about that we get a question on a lot is the like clinical mental health counseling versus maybe other professions. Why would I do this and not social work? Or why would I do this and not marriage and family therapy? A little bit of background psychology and social work. It came out of the American Medical Association model. That model is the medical model where you diagnose and you treat based on that diagnosis and assume that diagnosis for life. So if someone has anxiety in their diagnosed with anxiety, the idea if you're coming from a social work or I psychology background, is that you need to help that client address their anxiety. Because they're going to have that as a part of who they are for the rest of their lives, the psychologist would do that, possibly by working with the psychiatrist to get some medication would help the help the client adjust to having anxiety. A social worker might help the client find ways to encounter their their local community in a less anxious way. Maybe finding resources to have someone deliver their groceries so they don't go over well with the grocery store finding community. Resources for them accounts are, on the other hand, believes that we might have that diagnosis, but we can get better. We follow what's called a Wellness model or Wellness approach. And So what happens is when you work with a client who has anxiety, accounts are comes from the perspective that yes, they aren't the anxious right now, but they can make some choices in their lives. They can make changes in their lives and they can get beyond that anxiety. And so we're going to be training you in this program. To work with all individuals of all ages, weather and also couples and families to be able to create that Wellness approach with whoever walks in the door for you. So I'm gonna turn this over. Looks like now to Doctor Griffin. Thank you so much. Hello everyone, I'm doctor Miranda Griffin, the director of clinical skills training. I appreciate this opportunity to speak with you, so I tell you a little bit about our residency in pre practicum experiences when you hear these words. what I want you to think about and visualize in your head is that this. Is a real live face to face opportunity where you come to a designated location across the United States to meet with faculty and peers. In fact, we have one of these experiences in just two days and it's going to be located in Houston, TX. So essentially when you think about a residency in pre practicum, what it is is basically a face to face classroom setting. So if you are a student that is. Pursuing a PhD there will be 3 different opportunities across your program where you will get to meet face to face with faculty and peers. The first experience is known as a residency that experience lasts for 1.75 days and it does not account for the travel time to the experience. The two additional experiences for the Doc Tauriel students are a practicum practicum one. Any pre practicum two are pre practicum experiences. Blend a six week online course with four days of those six weeks in a face to face live experience. The purpose for these experiences is to help ensure your readiness in preparation for the profession and discipline of counseling, and that leads you into your field experience and the field experience is something that I'll be talking about momentarily for our master students. You had two opportunities across your program of study to participate in. A pre practicum. You will have a pretty practical one around. Turn five of your program and a pre practicum two which occurs anywhere between term 6 through 8. That is a four day experience not accounting for your travel dates. For example, we will travel the faculty and students for this particular experience. We will travel on this Wednesday to Houston. We will begin the classroom experience on Thursday. We will culminate that experience on Sunday around midday and many people will be able to return home on Sunday evening. Now what is occuring during this time is your having the opportunity to demonstrate your foundational in advance counseling skills. So as a pre practicum, one student Masters level, you will demonstrate a mock individual counseling session with appear. Naturally, when you get to the pre practicum experience, you will already have successfully accomplished the coursework to prepare you for that opportunity. So here you get to participate in a live experience, received feedback from your peers, as well as faculty in your pre practicum to experience. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate an individual counseling session with the pier and you will call facilitate. Arco lead a group counseling session. The reason for these particular opportunities is because when you get to the field experience portion of your program of study and you're placed within your community, you're going to actually be delivering direct services to clients or patients. Most of those direct services will be individual counseling sessions, while some of those services will involve group, so we want to make sure you have had the opportunities. To get your feet wet, so to speak in, feel comfortable in this new counselor identity that you're working towards. Now while you're on ground, not only will you be interacting and engaging with your peers, saying different. Counseling skills model and mirrored by your faculty participating in experiential activities to help ensure your readiness. But you will have access to student success advisers. Field experience coordinator or director program advising. To help prepare you for what lies ahead, this means that you could schedule a one on one face to face appointment time to speak with an advisor about your progression through your degree program. If there's been a change in the sequence of your courses in, you're concerned about if you're still on track to speak with someone from the field experience office about how to complete that application and what should I be doing next, how to prepare for an interview for my field placement to ask questions specifically about? Your program in the disciplining profession of counseling and this also includes advising for the Doc Tauriel level. Students. Now, sometimes when we're in these experiences. Because of all the stress and anxiety of wanting to be as successful as possible, sometimes that energy can get in the way of your ability to successfully demonstrate the skills that you mastered. To be at this point within your program. Well, we've already thought about this, and so while on ground in our experience you'll have access to faculty, an interns who are there to support your skill development, and what that means is if you're kind of having. Some trouble demonstrating those skills when you're in your small group classroom with your peers in your sign faculty member. We have a skills enhancement lab. Where you can go and meet one to one for a 30 minute skill development session to work on whatever skill or skills or concerns are impeding your ability to successfully demonstrate in your individual counseling session or the Co leadership group opportunity that you have this particular opportunity. For many students we received. Feedback about how exciting it was, how the experience itself solidified their counselor identity and really help to connect the dots of how things are going to work. In addition to the things that I've already described, there are some large group sessions that occur when we're on ground. One of those large group sessions is specific to field experience. It's called paving the way to build experience where you will get to hear from the field experience direct Aurora field experience coordinator about how to successfully prepare for that experience while on ground. We also have continuing education unit opportunities or see use. This term is very important to you if you already hold some type of certification, credential or license, you're connected to a helping profession. If you do not yet hold a credential certification or licensure, the importance of a content of continuing education unit for you is to get into the practice of earning these types of units because they will be required should you decide to pursue licensure after graduation. So what I mean by this is we have content sessions on domestic violence. We have content sessions on working with children. If you're going. Should be a school counselor. We have content sessions around specific theoretical orientations in different theories that help you to really connect all of the pieces and get that additional training to be ready for the profession. These particular content workshops are very similar to what you would attend if you were at a conference, they're undelivered, by our faculty members, an arceus pre practicum. Two students And so that's a great opportunity to be able to sit an engage with the faculty and peers in that way. And, of course, enriches the experience even more is that you have so many faculty and students all in one place at one time. As of today, there will be 500 and one students with us in Houston and 50 plus faculty supporting the experience and the next slide. I want to talk to you. More in depth about field experience. So the field experience is at the very end of your program, so once you get to the field experience you have completed all of your core or content courses. You may have an elective or a specialty course that is left, but most students have completely finished all of their coursework, and they're entering the point where they're ready to go out into their local community agencies, private practice hospitals, or. Any type of agency that supports clients receiving counseling services. In the particular field experience, you can expect to be engaged in field experience for at least three terms or 3/4 because within the field experience you have a 100 hour practicum. You have a 300 hour well, 600 total hours across internship. Won an internship. Two students sometimes will split that internship one and the internship 2 hours. Those total 600 hours into 300 and one term. In 300 and another term, it all depends on your ability to acquire direct service hours when you're in that placement agency. Now, one of the things that are filled experience office does really well is it helps to provide you with all of the resources necessary to complete your field experience application. There is an application process. That you will learn about going into that field experience with that application process. You have to identify where am I going to do my placement in my community? Is it going to be at a community mental Health Center? Is it going to be at a counseling agency that delivers specific specific specialty services? Is it going to be within a substance abuse long term care facility? Will it be inside of a hospital? We already have established relationships across the country. With agencies who have already supported and hosted our students for this purpose, but we know that you know your community much better than we do, so you may have some ideas about agencies where that could occur, but if for some reason you encounter challenge with securing a site for your field experience, our field experience coordinators are standing ready to assist you in to support you to find placement. One of the things that you should know about the field experience. Is that you will be required to participate in a 2 hour live video, an audio based supervision call each week in the classroom portion of the field experience. Because not only will you have an academic faculty member that is serving as a faculty supervisor, but you also have a site supervisor who is the person that is overseeing the services that you're delivering within the agency in this role and capacity. So that's one of the things to be mindful of. We, uhm, there's a lot of opportunities in terms of when those calls or scheduled in the field experience office works with you to find out what part of your day or evening will best suit your particular needs. Because that two hour call is going to be across all three terms. Minimum that you are engaged in the field experience. Now here you will see we have included our field experience website. Which is full of very helpful. An essential resources. So I want to just take you through the process of how to get to this particular point in your program of study. So first you would download and big in progress on your field experience checklist. The very first quarter or term that you start, wadding, so from the very beginning that you begin courses with us. We're already thinking about you being successful in going into field experience, and because we're thinking about this we want you to plan. So the field experience checklists outlines item by item. What you should be doing in term 1. Turn two term three turn for turn 5 leading up to the field experience so that you don't just wake up one morning in term 8 and say, Oh my goodness, I need to be in field experience next term. I don't know what to do, so that's what the purpose of the field experience checklist is. It's to serve as a guide for you to make sure that you're on track and ready an not flooding yourself with anxiety and stress when you get to that point within your program. Second, you're gonna learn about the field experience process while you're at the on ground experience in pre practicum as I referenced, we have a large group content session delivered by our field experience director or field experience coordinator. While you're on ground. In that session, you would participate in the content offering known as paving. The way to build experience, which really gives you all of the essential information you need. You have the opportunity to ask questions in front of the large group. If your questions are not answered there, you have the opportunity to schedule an individual face to face appointment for field experience advising before you leave that pre practicum on ground experience. Next, within your prop process is you want to make sure you look at all of the resources on the website. What is very helpful on that website is there's information about how to begin your site, search, how to secure site, how to interview for a site, what questions I might anticipate in all of the resources inside of a field, experience manual in terms of the expectations of who can provide me the supervision, what type of agency, how many hours a week. Will I be devoting in committing to this so it's a lot of information, but it's a lot of resources that are there to support you. What we encourage every student to do. Because of course Walden is all about social change is to begin establishing relationships right now in your community. Look at what agencies exist. Look at what volunteer opportunities exist, even if all you can do is donate one to two hours a month of your time in a agency that serves clients. That's going to be priceless from the standpoint that you are now networking, in a sense, because if you've already formed a relationship with an agency with personnel within an agency, when it's time for you to seek out a field experience placement, that agency would possibly be ready to host you. And if they are unable to, and they would certainly be able to recommend you to one of their colleagues in the profession, who possibly could because you had. Provided an invaluable service to their agency in those that they serve through your volunteerism. The next part in the process is very essential. In our continued to reference that there's an application. So yes, you have to fill out an application for your field experience. You have to complete that application at least three months prior to beginning the field experience, so that's why that field experience checklist is so important from the very first time that you start. Because you don't wanna miss. The application submission Windows that application is going to be submitted through a platform known as metric and it goes through several layers of an approval process and then the last piece in the process which I indicated is that in field experience you have at least three terms. The first term you're in a 100 hour practicum, the next two terms. Your internship won an internship, two, which is a minimum of 600 hours and hours which are connected to your specific degree program. Unless you also have a state specialization which requires additional hours in our field experience office is already aware of which states those are, how many hours are needed so that you can plan accordingly to be successful. and I will now turn it over to Rd Doctor Barkley. Hello, I'm glad to be able to talk to you again and talk a little bit about the different supports that we have a a lined up for you. I also want to make a couple of comments that from looking at questions in the Q&A as we're going through, there's the we also have something that's called a dual degree option. It is brand new. An it's an opportunity to complete both a, uh. A clinical mental health degree, plus say school counseling degree. It takes a few more hours and another set of internship, practicum and internship experiences. But what we found is that this is something that's really interesting for many of our students, so that's something that you can get more information about. You know very soon another question that I saw was. About could you use the site where you're currently working there the the specific question was about working in a addictions center. An awk seeing clients on a regular basis. Can you use that as your practicum and internship site? An again hot, you know, hot off the press, brand new. We've developed a way to make that happen, assuming that. The site supervisor Ann. You're learning some additional skills as part of that process, meet certain criteria so I don't want to say that's 100% sure for everybody but it we are working very hard to try to make that a possibility for people. Now looking at the screen in front of you, we've already mentioned, I think most of these things. The financial aid office helps you find financial support. We have in counseling something called the student outreach and support team very different than most other universities. This is led by Doctor April young and it's not. It's not for academic problems. It's you know if, like I live in Nashville, TN, and we've just had. Some tornadoes go through the community, just North of us in actually in Nashville and. So if that happens to you, or a flood or hurricane or a other disasters within your family, not necessarily natural natural disasters, these are people who come together to work with you, provide you with support, help you get through that process so that you hopefully won't have to drop out of the program and and you know you might need to take a short sabbatical, but it gives you an opportunity. To you know to to stay up with your studies and keep keep working. We've talked about the faculty, they are tremendous. I've been part of several universities and I'm a big part of different programs here in Walden, and the Walden counseling faculty go above and beyond all the time, not just to respond to you, but with caring. And but they hold you accountable for meeting the requirements of the course, developing the skills because we care about you. We also care about the clients that you're gonna work with down the road. So we have to make sure that when you leave the program, you have those skills. An we've heard a little bit about the skill support already that happens at the residencies at the at the pre practicum on ground. Experiences, but that extends beyond those experiences, and again we have a group of people who truly love to help people who may be struggling with those skills. And then we found that there are some people who want to go above and beyond the skills that were teaching an very often there are groups that will come together with a skilled Pratt faculty members to learn some of the more advanced things as well. Uh. The Writing Center I mentioned it's a very important part of being able to be a scholar practitioner, an that's what our programs are is that we want you to be able to use research to help you be better as a professional as a practitioner. But we also encourage you to write about what you're doing and contribute to the field. It's an important piece. And so if you need help there, we have that as well student success advising we've already talked about that a little bit there. The people who will help you make sure that your program of study is correct for you that you get the courses you need an actually help make sure that you're scheduled for those courses. If you hit a bump in the road, that's probably the 1st place you're gonna go is to your student success advisers. Up the academic skill center is goes beyond just writing, but there may be other skills, so some people have difficulty reading critically. In other words, reading an article or reading a book and and differentiating what they what. What parts of that really makes sense to them, and which parts of that might not be appropriate. So more critical reading as well as writing. And any other academic skills that people might need. We've talked a lot about the office of field support, so I won't spend much time there and then we have an organization called student development that as you're going through that process, there may be times when you're really struggling and it's not really a specific skill. It's not really things going on in your life. You know that are are problematic. But just struggling with their program overall and needing help to work through that. We have a student development team that will help you develop a skill development plan again so that you can overcome some of those hurdles that often often come up in student slides. And finally, since this all is, this is all about you going out into the world and making a difference in the lives of your clients in your community. The Career Center. We encourage people to get involved with the Career Center early and often to help you explore. You know areas where you might be able to find employment, the different kinds of places you might work as a licensed counselor. It's just a lot of things that are out there for you. If you're interested in an again, I can't stress enough how important it is that if somebody tells you, hear something that we think might be helpful to you, or if you identify for yourself something that might be helpful. If you reach out and take advantage of that, I think you'll be in really great, great place. Um? So move on to the Q&A section session. Absolutely so thank you all very much for the information presented. We did get some questions that came in throughout the presentation. Some of those were answered as we went along, but the first one in maybe arguably one of the most important when is the next start date. I could take that one of his doctors been stuck. We we try to have available start time just about anytime of the year that we can to help students get started. We know people are busy and when you're ready to go, you wanna you wanna get going? Our next start is March 23rd and then we have another one April 6th. And then we'll have a break from April 6th until June 1st. So long as the next three terms start. So we have some questions about the program structure. If first of all, taking three classes per quarter, how does that change the time to completion of the program? But are people able to work full time in the program if they want to finish in less than three years? I'll take that one. This is doctors in stock. It take it will take 20 Seven months. And so two years in one more quarter to go with three horses every quarter to complete and complete the degree. So it saves of-. Well, I could tell you exactly about 3/4 of your 3 three different terms gets to get removed and so it does help speed up the time. Terms of typical student that we have here. I can tell you that the majority of our students are single adults with families, and so they are working often. 1000 * 1 and two jobs managing their families and being able to do this program. I think what happens is a lot of them find find a time every day that they just set aside. Is there Walden time and that helps him to become successful. It's even though you don't have to go to a campus, it's really helpful to. Find the time that you can set aside that you're really able to focus on your learning. So do we also have a combined Masters and PhD program, or is there a route that takes students from the Masters program into a doctoral program? So are crediting body cacrep doesn't allow you to do one in place of the other. However, I can tell you that if you if and when you successfully complete a Masters program in clinical mental health or school counseling or a dual degree, you are eligible to apply for our doctoral program and we have been able to admit at this point 100% of our students who completed our Masters programs we actually want you to continue. If you're interested, we're here to help you continue on with a doctoral degree. Excellent, so we do have a few questions about emissions requirements, how much each credit is one of the things that I would point out. That kind of consolidate several of these questions is that if you have questions about getting started in the program, that the actual path to enrollment time and cost to completion of the program, the best recommendation we can make is to actually speak with an enrollment specialist, because what they'll be able to do is take any transcripts you may have. And do an evaluation that helps them assess a personal time to completion for you and total cost to completion. So definitely, if you are interested. If you have questions specifically about the length of time it will take to complete the program, you're going to want to speak to your enrollment specialist, who can give you the best answers for those questions. But we did have a question about licensure eligibility. Are they able to send transcripts to identify whether or not those courses they've taken aid in the licensure eligibility, I believe, is the nature of the question. So if you've taken coursework elsewhere that you want to apply towards a license or licensing, then it's actually the state that would have to tell you whether those courses meet their requirements, or if you need to be in an active degree program or what was required. I can tell you that it, let's say you have taken a few courses at a different University and it just wasn't a good fit and you think, well, I'm not gonna do those courses. Please talk to the enrollment specialist because he or she's gonna help you transfer those credits. As long as they are equivalent to the courses that we offered, we want as much as possible for you to bring forward any coursework you've already completed. What Walden does is help you make sure you have the courses you need for life insurance. We cannot make the decision of whether state is going to accept it or not. Your state boards are going to have to do that for you, but is the state board comes back and says Hey we need you to have a course in this content area? We're happy to tell you waht course that we offer. Meats that content area so that you could take that back from your state to give approval. So hopefully that will help answer that question. So we did have questions about specializations. First, were they able to combine two specializations, and are specializations required to enter into the professions that relate specifically to those? Specializations are not required then the differences that were kind of unique it well then not every program or University offers a specialization and so not taking the specialization puts you probably on the same playing field as most graduates of Cacrep accredited programs are specializations, this kind of give you that extra boost up to show that you have some extra credentials, extra training they are not required for any of the fields. So if you wanted to work with addiction counseling or marriage couple family, you do not need. To have those specializations, but they can certainly help you build your confidence and feel more qualified on with those populations. So we have some questions about the program structure. Can we talk a little bit or can explain in more detail a little bit about the dual degree program? I'd be happy to do that. This is this is about system stuff. Again, the dual degree program was put together because. There are certain policies out in the world. One is you can't get the same degree twice. And So what happens is if you completed the accounting degree in mental health counseling and you wanted to come back and complete the school counseling degree, you would not be eligible to do so because they are considered the same degree, they not uniquely different more than half their curriculum are the same. So we were able to recently get the approval to offer a dual degree, which means that you complete the. The entire clinical mental health counseling program. An additional 20. One credit which is. Do my mouth. 15 credits of content courses which is 3 content courses and two quarters of internship that gives you also their course requirements for our school counseling program. When you're in a take crap program that offers both school and clinical mental health, you will see that you have similar content courses. You will have techniques of counting. You will have theories of counseling. You will have a foundations course. You will have career counseling on the list. Goes on is. A lot of overlap and he called that overlap. We can prevent you from having to take the same courses twice, and so while you were here at Walden, you have the opportunity to complete two axle unique degrees. You will be granted both degrees at one point, one at one time. The accrediting body K crap has the requirement that you receive both of those degrees at the same in the same term, and so you have to. You may finish in a quarter or two ahead with one of the degree programs. You have to actually be granted both degrees in the same quarter, and so that's the other stipulation with that that dual degree offers you the opportunity to work in schools or in mental health agencies. Kind of broadens the opportunities opportunities you may have available for yourself. So few questions about support for students in programs in our programs. At least I'm assuming this question is directed towards towards that nature. Do you require or encourage students to be in therapy before and or during school? I'm not sure if they're referring to working in therapy or going to therapy. It's a very common question David in our field, so I think I understand the question. I think you understand you. You've got it. Some programs require their students actually attend as a client to get the experience of what it's like to be a client. Some programs actually require that. Some recommended we don't actually have a stance on that, except that you will hear us, say at times how helpful it is. If you've never been the client. To go be a client, it gives you a whole different perspective of how you how you may want to approach. Your client may be the first time you meet them. What did what did that client that counts? Are you just saw do to help you feel more comfortable and at ease? And if you've never been, you don't know what it's like to sit there in the waiting room waiting for this person, common and or maybe see other people in the waiting room wondering what they think of you. Are you mentally ill? I mean, there's there's all these dynamics that can happen, and so we really do support the idea of going to a counselor could never been to one. So we do not require it in the program. Now, what about support one on one time with professors? If they need assistance with course work, homework assignments, things like that, how do they get time with professors and how much time will they get? We have an area in the courtroom called contact the instructor, so as soon as you enter your course room, you find out how to reach your instructor and all inspectors are available by phone, by email and through the course to work with students. As so all you need to do is notify that instruct that you that you would like a phone call or you might ask for a zoom meeting or Skype meeting or a teams meeting or whatever might work where you could even work face to face with your instructor and they're happy. To work with you, they're they're thrilled when a student reaches out and says, hey, I'd like to, you know, like a little assistance. So anytime you need that, you just asked if for some reason you are needing more time than the faculty can allocate, which I don't expect that that would happen. We do have some coaches that work with our students that can. You could have more individual time with them as well, especially with learning things like how to navigate the classroom, how to find your grades and things like that. I instructors can help with that, but if you really need a lot more attention, we do have extra faculty. Extra people at the University to help. So much question about the structure of the course itself. Are there lectures by the instructors, or is it more a self reading and discussion? It is our courses are set up with many different resources. Those resources could include things like Ted talks. They could include a presentation by your instructor is a video. It could be some actual readings of from a textbook. We try to have a variety of activities that could be a video to observe about. Maybe a group process, but we try to give you things that it's going to be interesting, intriguing and engaging. And then from those you may have a. Written assignment or you may have discussions where you discuss with your peers the things that you're learning, observing, and processing. So we are at the end of the hour. There are lot of questions here that have not been answered yet. Honestly, I don't think that we would have time to really truncate. Too many of these into shorter questions or or broader questions. So what I'm going to do is is what we did too. At one of our previous events. Unfortunately because we won't be able to answer them, answer the mall tonight. what I will do is I will share the questions with our presenters and we will email participants with responses to some of your questions. That said, that does bring us to the end of the web and R. We appreciate you all taking the time out of your busy schedules to join us today. Thank you for submitting all of these questions. Again, they will be answered. Unfortunately we simply don't have the time this evening as reminder this webinar will be archived. It can be viewed on demand. A 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 even a family member and encourage you to connect with our faculty, students and alumni by connecting with Walden on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Thank you again to Doctor Bill Barclay Doctor sent stock and Doctor Griffin and to you our audience for joining us this evening. Everyone please have a wonderful day. Thank you very much. Thank you. Can I? Bye bye.
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