Welcome to today's special event, making a difference with a Masters in 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 web and R 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 ago or 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 the presenters. These windows as well as other items of interest. Can be opened and closed in 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. 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 web and R? Or we 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 send stock and doctor James Patton. I'm not going to turn things over to doctor Barkley for a personal introduction to our presenters. Hello everyone this is Doctor Bell Barkley and I'm the Dean of the school of counseling and I'm really excited that. All of you are here today, we really think this this presentation will help you get a feel for. How we support our students throughout the clinical mental health process an we have with us today doctor Tracy sent stock who's the academic president director for the school of counseling. And Doctor James Patton, who is the director of field for the school with counseling and both of these people will be presenting a lot of information for you and able to answer questions as. As we move forward. Let me briefly layout what we're going to be covering today. We're going to be talking about the Walden story overall. What it do you know what our history is and how we are prepared to help you we will talk a bit about? Faculty highlights who are faculty are and and how they are here to help help you succeed an overview of the CMHC clinical mental health counseling program will be presented. So that you can see what it is, you would really be getting into. And then scaffold skill development process we don't expect people to come in with all the skills and we help. People obtained those skills in a very logical sequential way, so that you can be successful and that's really our goal is to help you succeed. And along those lines doctor, Patton will be going into in depth dive into how the field experience process works. Because that's where the rubber really meets the road. That's where you are able to actually apply everything they're learning in this program. And then we will also talk about the student supports that are available and and as I've said at the beginning, I think Walden University. Has more students supports than any program? I've ever been associated with or know about it's phenomenal and we know that it. People take advantage of these resources that they can be very successful and then will end with a Q&A session. Um to answer any of your questions so now I'm going to turn it over to doctor Sune stock. He will help you walk you through the Walden Story and then into the rest of the presentation. Thank you. Thank you doctor parsley hello. Everyone I'm I'm doctors in stock. I am the program directive for all the school a counseling program. And I am just thrilled that you're here to join us and find out a little bit more about Walden University. Walden was founded 50 years ago with the intention of offering education, especially doctoral education graduate education to individual. Who are out and working and just could not quit their jobs or leave their families to attend a traditional University on ground to get their graduate work completed. Couldn't program was set up as online. We've been a fully on my institution from our founding. And what we do here is specialize in helping students who have full time jobs have lives and other expectations. To provide to be able to continue to grow in their educational endeavors. And so welcome to learning more about Walden and we hope to welcome you to our family. We have over 125 thousand graduates around the world. As I said, This is our 50th anniversary in 2020 in very excited about that. The school counseling is actually going to accredited by K crap, which is the council for the accreditation of counseling and related. Educational programs. Two 2009 we started with our mental health counseling program being the first one accredited and now all of our school accounting programs are fully accredited by K Craft and those include our school counseling. I do agree and our doctor program account for education supervision. We at Walden are well known nationwide for our expertise in counseling social work nursing education psychology. All these programs are license for leading type programs. In professional programs and we are, we have a very strong reputation. Throughout the country, we also have the? More graduates than any other mental health counseling program in the country, we have 3880. In counseling and we've had over 7000 students play successfully in field experience with that includes practicum placements an internship placement. One thing that doctor Barkley mentioned is our support system here at Walden. I have been many universities and never have I seen the support? Functions available that we have here and so excited to tell you more about those as we get further into the program. The other thing that makes Walden unique besides being an online provider for adult learners is our passion for social change. RR Walden faculty and staff and students are all invested in making changes within not just their own lives. But then the lives on the students and colleagues and coworkers and the communities. States and the government levels of changing changing the world for the better. Who are faculty Dallas? We are diverse faculty? We have all different ages genders races ethnicities sexual orientation. We run the gamut of diversity. We do that because we want our our students also to be diverse. We we want to make sure that. All seasons are welcome and all faculty you're welcome here at Walden. All of our faculty have doctoral degrees and they're all meeting requirements of our accrediting body to be able to teach and training account for education program. This slide says we have 200 faculty from all across the country. I want to note that this is actually we have this many faculty internationally. I don't know where faculty work in other countries Ireland. Israel just there are a couple of examples of. Faculty at other locations. Our faculty for the most part teach full time here at Walden, but we have many faculty who will also. And volunteer work there also working in hospitals and they're working in community agencies. One of our faculties. This recently was nominated to serve. Add an 8 HIV aids Community Center is on their board and is often actually volunteering in that location. And based on his roles of research and expertise. And so we're out in the community. We're working. We're meeting with people we also work with our governing agencies. At the national level doctor me to Johnson is doing is currently the president of Nadac, which is an eviction. Organization and she spends quite a bit of time at the state capital on alum advocating for the. The right stick to provide services for mental health counselors as well as addiction counselors. We have people who have written your textbooks or written chapters in your textbooks here at Walden. We have past presidents. Of the American Counseling Association on the Marin County Association is our primary organization for the accounting profession. And there are subgroups under that which are faculty also hold leadership roles in. So you're entering the world of. On experts who really are have their hands in the pot so to speak to find out what's really happening on ground. For people as well as knowing how to get left educate you as a student to be prepared to work with the client. A little bit about the program. Like I mentioned earlier, we have converted the most degrees in clinical and helping in the last meeting held constant in the last 5 years. Uh we have small class sizes. We want to make sure that you don't get lost. And so we have 12 or 15 students in our courses. As a general rule. Now you will be able to work with Blvd uncle students occasionally which is even additional level of personal touch. We have the program set up as an online program. But there are a couple of synchronous activities and by synchronous I mean, those are. Things you do at a certain particular time we have pre practicum that occurs twice in your program and there. Locations are held throughout the United States and this is where you actually travel and you meet with your peers and colleagues. And meet with your faculty or 4 days on ground to make sure that you're developing the clinical skills that you need. I have the support you need to develop those. We also have. A group lab at you participate in that you also find out for that synchronous activity based on your schedule. On that is to me to kick up requirement and then Doctor Patton will talk more about some of the synchronous work. You may have in our field experience. We offer words of wisdom workshops. These are provided by our faculty are students some of our alumni an. This is the way to have our faculty or doctoral students or several and I share with you think that they have created some initiatives they have going on some. An expert teeth, they have on all of these need our national borders certified counselor credentials to be continuing education credit. And so as a student you can start gaining continuing education credits as well. When you're in alumnus you can get these for free. Which is a great advantage? We also have. Why don't certain office that will help you work with your own state if you need assistance with licensing? Every state has its own unique requirements and so we have to make sure that you as a student. I kept informed of what the state licensure requirements are for example, some states require I'll give an example, Florida right now, so requires human sexuality. Which isn't necessarily a part of our current curriculum but we allow you to add that course into your curriculum? Financial aid be allocated for that course, so it can be part of your degree and you can be qualified. In that state for those licensing requirements. Our advisors are aware of the licensing requirements and. Part of the most licensing requirements are that is the passing of the national counselor exam and we prepare you throughout the program with practice. Sample type and Sam and also offer that for you before you even graduate so you can have that accomplishment. Before, you graduate. The program is 90 quarter hours, which is the same thing as a 60 semester hour program. We're just based on quarters. You can complete the degree in 2, 1/2 to 3 years. The program is set up as an auto enrolled program where you are an auto automatically registered for the next 2 courses. In the sequence we have strategically placed the courses in an order that we find to be the most helpful for your development. And so we just automatically schedule you for those next courses. If life gets busy and you say, Oh, I have a lot of things happening or? People having surgery. I want to be a little more available. You just let our advising office know that you would like to take one course that quarter. And we can make that adaptation for you without any problem. Maybe life is giving you some extra time and you want to take 3 courses in 1/4. You can certainly do that as long as your GPA remains a 3.5 or higher. That's again talk to our student success advisers and they can help you make sure you're scheduled meets your. I mean? The other thing that's a real advantage at this program is primarily asynchronous. There are very few times, but you have to be. With Walden in a particular time. This allows you to do your work, maybe after you get your children to bed. I'm over weekend during your lunch hour. Whatever whatever works for you, an inflexible you don't have to drive to acanthus and. And looking through a 3 hour lecture. We are set up where you can do it when you can do are. Program when you have the time. As I mentioned we do have a group lab in Smithfield experience. Calls that are synchronous and our pre packed and experiences. As I said synchronous activity. And we have in that within the classroom. We have discussions where you get to collaborate with your colleagues on the topic that you're learning. We have assignments for you submit individually that show us that time you have understanding the concepts and other things to make sure that you're developing your knowledge skills and dispositions. Don't do the three areas that are causing body requires you to develop the knowledge comes primarily from your coursework your skills come from coursework and pre practica. In your field work with positions are your ability to communicate effectively work effectively with others and things like that. All of those go into becoming a competent and confident professional counselor. The good news is we are here to help you in all three areas faculty once you are admitted. All right 100% committed to making sure you walk that stage in graduate we don't have any. Any course or any part of our program that is, is it is an attempt to. Still, you out to the students are attempts are all the opposite. We're here as doctor. Barkley mentioned to support you to make sure that you have what you need to be an effective counselor. We have the pre practicum, which I mentioned that are on site at a location. There is a six week course that goes with that, so you do have some. I'm trying to learn who you gonna be working with you trying to your peers. It gives you a chance on ground with a supportive team to practice. What is life is set across from somebody actually in a room and have them share a story with you? Like with you. We will have more to talk about here with field experience working with actual real clients. Our skill building doesn't. I'm starting stop we do this throughout the program. You starting your very first introduction, then clinical mental health counseling course. You'll you'll turn in a video tape of you doing? What you think you're supposed to do with the counselor. With the assumption that we know you don't know yet and then as you go through your techniques accounting course. Will give you a few more skills than you'll have your pre practicum course. There will be a group course that gives you group skills. They'll be another practical course and then throughout each of these courses, we give you real practical client based. Scenarios and experiences that you can develop your skills with all the way up through field. Until you're expanding on your knowledge and your skills acquisition each quarter. Hum. Then I think we have found our students are very well prepared, we have excellent responses from our internship sites. Say our students here at Walden really do come in prepared. When I turn it over to Doctor Patton. With Doctor Patton 9. Doctor Patton are you on. I'm not sure what was going on with my audio there for a second my apologies things that make sense. My name is doctor J Patton and electric field experience for the school come from. Of course more we mean by field experience well it's the practical and applied portion of one CMHC Education, So what that means is. It's when the rubber meets the road and you have a chance to start counting actual clients before. Then you have been practicing with your peers. You've been assessed on your still full know you're ready to move forward and then a good deal of support. Uh interaction you'll be thinking exercises that point. There are 2 major components of field experience in this occurs across. 3/4 as doctor since that's good. It's practicum internship won an internship two across these 3/4 who try to keep you with the cohort. But I'm stuck, so across continents of one and 2. We try to keep it with the same people, including the fame. Us universities supervisors last instructor with the same person so that you've got a really good strong mentoring relationship at the time. But you finish your work with us and you're prepared for. That kind of relationship with a supervisor to get your postgraduate license or hours. Expectations by our accrediting body placement, but you know that there are a specific number of hours for these experiences. I know that most of our students have jobs and family full lives and so. And we also have. All of these students that complete our computer problem. You solve a number of graduates. They had just a few moments ago. Absolutely doable and 3/4, but if you want or need some more time we can arrange for extra time than just those 3/4. Just telling me hours just put the lonely in your life. Bluemel I do this don't work. Now we prepare you to search for an approach potential sites and supervisors across your program. We have a lot of detail on the field experience website, which will see down there that talks about. What's required how to approach what what? Once you do the network how to reach out to people that are in charge of those sites. And if after you've done that legwork and you still haven't supported you thought having secured. I thought you're still looking and you're a little bit discouraged. We do have dedicated site search support with a great track record of getting students placed it fights who were having difficulty looking for them. Of course, you know, there're rulon frontier areas and so having someone on your side to speak with the. Persons in charge of those very few sites can really help you get a leg up and secure those flights. I didn't do now are students are have third stolen busy lives. So we have a system in place. To help you choose a more convenient time for you to meet with your University supervisor fashion stepped into the Phone about it. So you'll be able to choose when I set. A set list of times that will work best for you can also work with you. Supervisor should I go straight when you will be working on your Dell experience hours. I've run into the second or there's a field experience website. This should be available to any other resources, but As with most things and definitely not staying here ordering a quick web search individual or another service if you type in Walden build experience. You would get to the Wi-Fi. It started direct you there if you doing. This place that or if you want to look for that at some point in the future. Hum. Don't be overwhelmed by the number of all of the info that you'll see on the deluxe makes perfect. You have the entire length of your program to learn all of those details but I would say now. You're preparing I'm considering and preparing to move into RSBNHD program. Just look at the requirements actions that's really all you need right now to be. Getting a good sense of what she'll actually be doing. I want you to experience mean? Are interested in making sure that our students are competently prepared to move out into the world and the client? And so. And also we wanna do what we can to support them so we're constantly working to advocate and and. And support our students experience so one example of that, but then just instantly been working on is making a change. Tools that were pertaining to allowing one to keep one's employment and if that qualifies as a field experience for your actual counseling clients. To be able to be employed and hat and also use that for field experience. It's really exciting an? I hope you got some demonstration of how we work to make sure that you all get what you need. And the most efficient and simple way possible. You know, these things aren't always that we support. You you will prepare for, and move into field experience, but then. It is Christmas my dear to expect along the way the process here on the right side. As you begin the program. This is when you really start thinking about field experience actually right now is when you start thinking about bill experience, but you provided with a checklist that. It goes through each time an and gives you good ideas for what to do that term so that by the time you get to the end of the interview programs those last three horses practicum. Internship internship one that you are ready and you've got a site annual ready to begin and there's no delay or anything so. You have that checklist in every quarter. I would suggest you don't pull it up on your wall by your computer or? Keep a digital copy and checking off each time it feels good to sell yourself, making progress towards getting to the finish line. I always like to do that when I was in my master's program as well. You'll be learning about field experience in your classrooms that pre practicum, particularly prefer actively you'll have an opportunity to meet with. You'll experience coordinators or me the director to talk about field experience I'm not your personal circumstances and what you're wanting to do. So we can help support you plan to make that happen. You will utilize the website and and some associated resources that we have. Available to you to search for and secure site so one of the additional resources that I'm talking about here. If you have a list of sites that are students that previously used. And that we already have a working relationship with now most of our students secure their own. It someone that we've never worked with but we do have a ready made love. That that is available to you, that should help you in that search process, particularly those that are in. Urban areas, we have a lot of course, consider more sites. We have a lot of sites that are. And we're building that everyday. Uh I would say, Oh, you're on probably around the time that you're in pre practicum. One I definitely about it time to turn prepared to compute. Another good sense of the sites that are in your area do what you can to form a relationship with them. This is the time to network so that they know your name? What's your name is it is a nonprofit organization for instance. Might be late opportunity to volunteer. I know this is what I did for early on in my Masters experience. And it helps me to secure a placement that was it was pretty competitive. But these by volunteering they knew who I was and it gave me a leg up so. Will give you those kind of pointers along the way it's all metric. It's just the system that we use to track. Uh you progress through all the evaluation that you've had in your in your educational career, so you have access to those 2. You can look back and see how you been doing and it's also where you submit your application for the field experience much like football house in the same place. It's pretty accessible students process so. As you'll see on the website 3 months prior to starting practicum is when you have to have that application fully submitted so for instance. Pornhub students who are wanting to start practicum this summer, they would have it submitted by March 15 and you'll have all of those details on that website. Can you complete practicum internship won an internship to you make sure that you get all of the towers and that's you. You're still and then you'll be out into the world to begin again, obtaining your your postgraduate license your hours. Oh, I know sorry by state of course. And with that, then you'll move on to be fully independently licensed once you've completed all of those requirements. And we need to work on your own you can create a private practice you can do any of the things that it has to be a clinical mental health counselor. So I remember to the next slide. Um according to live so you a few of the things that we do to support student center you heard me say that word. But there really is a lot of support available here at all, and all of these things that you see. RR. Support services that are. I've been able to hear that can be individualized to you and and no at every point and step in the process that you've got someone there who can support you never alone, you're not a number. Uh so financially you know what this is I know that many of us who choose to interest season HD degree. I'm looking for a major career change and this might be tired, so financial aid can help you negotiate navigate to that process. Uh and making sure that you get the final thing you need in order to be able to secure. You will placement. Next we have a little bit about in faculty with in your classroom. I can speak for myself and say that when I have taught courses here at Walden say. Over the last 9 years or so I've had a lot more individual interaction with students than I ever had with any of my instructions when I was at a land based institution. We have discussion boards where you're interacting with your peers in all, learning together being directed and instructed by your instructor. It will also be getting extensive feedback and support from the faculty and in those discussions grading demonstrating counseling. Do you have 90 million any interactions with each and every faculty between your place and you're getting a really broad and. Uh and Well, in that perspective from each of them. They all bring their own theoretical orientations in style so that you find the one that works for you? We also have a writing center that's available to you. I know that many other theater Graduate School who concerned. Abilities just do not fear about that there's lots of resources and even individual reviews of like for instance, if you want to give them. Submit to them early of paper that will be do later in the course they will review that give you lots of detailed feedback. On the writing component not the not the quality of the counseling component, but at the writing of it. So that you know you've got like you got exactly what you need to be successful in that perspective. Likewise, academics skills center has has some targeted training that's available to master students on things like a PA style. Our student development process is one of the things that I personally am most proud of becoming a counselor. It involves a degree of personal transformation. And and you know, some students may need or want some individual support and growing into what it is too. Create counseling professional how to have the behaviors and characteristics of what's expected counselors. And in this process, we're able to do that in a couple of students move forward. Not student outreach in support of it a little bit different than that this is really about rallying support. And resources that help students who might be struggling for one reason or another. It help and helping those students manage those things that are happening. And like around around school to be able to stay focused and moving forward on the academic component of the program so. Uh. That is. Yeah, very unusual resource in my experience in counselor education to have that level of care and dedicated support for. The student by circumstance it's really wonderful thing, we have skills support available too. It's kind of like the sibling. Student development. Just as we can help a student develop counseling identity. We can individualize help for those who may want. Or need to developer counseling skills. To move forward to be ready and build experience so that they competent, Lee and successfully offer those services to clients. They do it ethically and that they are able to finish up their time with us. Student success advising they offer a number of services that can help you with practical elements with light with things like. A change in a special vacation if you find that you need to add a state specialization for those courses that doctors and stuff was talking about that can help you with those kinds of things too. Um now our officer field experience are you coming speak quite a bit about it. Already, it really is that we want you to be successful. It's our job to make sure that you have a strong opportunity to. To finish out your work with us at Walden Antonym forward were also protectors of the public and the profession. And that's what we're charged to do is counselor educators is to make sure that the counselors leave them out into the world. I'm really ready to work and that as you probably heard before when we talk about these kinds of professionals to do no harm. So we do what we can to make sure that our students are really prepared and we support them and making sure that. That is true they are when they move out into the world and do and do their work. Finally, the cooler center. Can help you prepare for? What's next? It can help you structure and organize a resume for instance, or? Prepare for an interview I know that for many of our CMHC students many of us had not worked. Again, a professional office environment before don't let that worry you we have support to help prepare you for that part. As well. So I'm gonna pass this back to his doctors in stock. I believe thank you very much. Thank you and I I think David you were collecting questions is that accurate do you have questions? From the chat. We believe David. I'm sorry could you repeat that? Weather specific questions from the chat. I did see one about Specialization. So I didn't know if you want me to go there. So that one or yeah, absolutely so yeah, I broke down. Some of the questions that were coming in. We do have a few more that are coming in now. Uh. So one was yes is there a way to specialize in a specific area of counseling. Yes, in the cloud computing in the clinical mental health counseling program. We have a few specialization options. Our graduates are students can take. Can do two of them before they graduate one? Is an addiction counseling. So we have a special interest in working with those with substance. How do you say shoes or other addiction you can do that specialization we have one in forensic counseling? If you like to be able to work with the police officers and Sheriff's Office is to be able to help understand. Criminal behavior we have marriage couple of family counseling for those who really want to have more expertise and knowledge and skill in working with couples and families. The clinical mental health counseling degree it does allow you to work with individuals couples and families on however, that specialization. So it's much more in depth with theory as well as techniques need to work with marriage with couples and families. You don't have a specialization in military families and cultures for those who really want to work with our military population in there. Family. We also have one in trauma and crisis counseling and it seems like we have a lot of lot of our clients. Are dealing with some form of trauma or crisis? And so that specialization gives you a little bit more in depth knowledge. About that population and then we also have what's known as their state education specialization that is the one that's available. Time for you to add the course is necessary if your state, or state you plan to move to. Requires an additional course are too unique to that state for licensing. Excellent so speaking to the topic of licensure. We had two separate questions that kind of fall in that vein. The first might actually require a little bit of a clarification between the area covered by counseling and what's covered by psychology? On the 1st being what's the relationship between Walden University in the API. And the second being is Walden preparing for potential expansions to programs. Based on different types of potential legal changes, including psychedelics, an marijuana based treatment programs. OK. So the 1st question the American Psychological Association APAA Credit only doctoral programs in psychology. There is no master's level, AP accreditation. And so K crap came in and they're the ones that are credit at the Masters level for people to work at the Masters level. Providing services like counseling and so we do have a school of psychology here at Walden, but we do not have an AP a credit. Presentation for that because they require you to be an on ground face to face institution to be able to be API. Hey crafted a little more understanding that not every adult learner has the ability to set in the classroom. And so we have fully met that accreditation and I'm not sure how to answer the question you can ask further of them. But we do need at our level, the required accreditation requirements to be able to stop our degree and to get to license when you graduate. If I could I'd like to follow up with just a little bit of information about that there are differences. Between all of the sister professions within within mental health support and behavioral support and so whereas psychology is distinct. Identity server social work, so is what it is to be a mental health counselor for our end of it. We are more focused on Wellness and development and you'll you'll find out more about that as you move into the program but it's really. It's a slightly different focus than strictly pathology, based for instance. Thank you doctor Patton. And now David I forgot the 2nd question the 2nd question was asking about how prepared Walden is to expand. Program offerings depending on new treatment modalities that may wind up being legalized in the future, including psychedelic or. Marijuana based treatment programs. That's a great question, I think that the key thing is to know that all of our curriculum is updated on a regular basis. Our courses are updated within every 5 years. Also, if things change like our psychopharmacology course. When we created it the first time we had it. We realized we had a textbook which wasn't probably the best. Because by the time that textbook was published in 5 years later, the drugs that were in that we're not the same drugs that were currently being prescribed. So we have adapted our program to where we use current research articles. We use resources that we can. Using more library, but you can click on and get the most up-to-date information in all of our courses. And we do keep track of what's happening within the profession as I mentioned on Doctor Johnson, who is the president of Nada. She is right, there at Washington understanding what's happening nationally as well was happening in different States and in particular, with that topic of like psychotropics? And on marijuana and so she's making sure that covered in our addiction courses as well as in our. Like a pharmacology courses that are ethics courses. All of our courses do have current events included things that you need to know about happening right here and now in our world. Excellent so we did have a few questions relating to field experience 1st is where do those generally take place? Not being like what type of environments and the other being what are the requirements when choosing a site for field experience? OK, thank you very question so. It is the case that there are a lot. There are a lot of different options for where clinical mental health counselors. Operate. Many of our students choose to work with a profit private singular entity that owns a private practice like a counselor that hasn't practiced in their town. You could serve as a as a field experience student there. Also, as I mentioned nonprofit organizations are really popular. I like uh they like having field experience practicum students because it allows them to extend their services, even when they don't have a lot of money. And so clinics are typical placement hospitals are less frequent, but still absolutely are an option there are residential treatment programs. On some of our students have been placed in prison systems, it, it depends on a couple of things, it depends on your? Interest is a big part of it and I would have been 1 where you're at so different regions in the United States. Have different trends in what they and what kind of like where where counselors go and what they're doing so for instance. In the southeast. In home counseling is a big deal, and you know as I mentioned a few minutes ago we really try to. Advocate and change our policies and really keep. Keep doing what we can to support our students. So now we have an opportunity with this new set of guidelines for our students to do that kind of. In home counseling services as well. When I go to a client foam and work with either individual or with the family at that place so. It really depends on a couple of things, but there are a lot of opportunities that would bring the biggest thing is what you want to do. Excellent. I'm sorry, but there more. No, I said, for that question OK alright. So then we did have questions a little bit about the structure of the program. How did the on site hours work? Are you? Are you saying the onset at the on site hours for field experience? I'm assuming that that's that's what the question is about. Yeah, there's no specification there, but I am assuming that that was what the specific reference was. I can I can speak to that so students that locate and work with the site have a site supervisor at that site that. Gives another one hour of continuous supervision. A week and there's always someone there with you who is prepared to act. In case of an emergency. In clinical mental health counseling typically that's going to be you. It's a wonder one therapeutic relationship, a counseling relationship. Where you work on things like life circumstances or psychopathologies that you learn about when you get to the diagnosis and assessment course. You'll be working with them on the number of hours that you're there each day or on the weekends. It has fewer our component requirements and friendship has more and that's really because developmentally you know you really need to. You need to be happy they have time to think when you're in practicum because it's all new and then an internship. It's really more about just demonstrating their skills packaging and finishing up. There are specific hourly requirements. You'll find that the field experience website and those are also those are standard across. Any take up so tired any secret program. All those hours are exactly the same and so it's 100 hours. Practicum 40 of what your direct 600 total hours of internship 240. Which of which are direct and direct means when you actually face to face with a client? So for CNHCR students after that. Most of those hours where they're doing. That kind of one to one cycle therapeutic counseling work additional hours could be also in things like. Couples and families and things of that sort so we try to be as flexible as we can, but While meeting those papers expectations 'cause That's the most important thing for us to maintain. So a few more questions about field experience. Are you able to use your current job position if it's in a relevant field for field experience and to the field experience. Hours count as the supervised clinical hours required by a state for licensure. Well, I love that you're asking this question today because hot off the presses I have. Approval to make some changes to the policies around that, so yes, it will be possible for one to use ones. Places employment so long as it meets all of the requirements set forth by K Cup in our field experience manual. So what constitutes a clinical mental health counseling field experience. My experience and so that means things like you have to have a supervisor who holds a licensure. In one of those sister professions that I was talking about has to be full. Independent licensure in in those mental health professions. And and it has to be has to be a position that requires an messed a Masters degree in order to complete it. Now, now, it may sound kind of strange well. Why would I already have a job that requires a Masters degree. Many employers will hire students into those positions with the expectation that they'll finish their degree and keep that job. And if that is the case, then at least all of the requirements, then yes. We're going to be able to make that happen. Excellent that's very good news. So we did have a few questions relating to Spanish speaking students or students based in Central American locations. What is the target population for our program and what is the make up of our program? I can speak to this from field experience in terms of Target population makeup of the program is probably a better question for doctor spins Buck. The answer we do have students that work in in Spanish speaking environments. We have had students placed in Latin American countries. We will need to work with the fight in order to ensure that your site supervisor speaks English well enough. In order to be able to do the assessment that are required by us and to meet take reps expectations. Not working with clients you can work with Spanish speaking clients. Yes, absolutely I would love to have more students that are able to do that. This is Pakistan thought I'll just add that the program is designed that you do need to speak English. Or you have English but the strongest language for the course work, but we do have faculty who are. Bilingual or multilingual and who are available. To also get support about the students. Now, when we talked about the practicums the field experience components. I know that you know, we do generally. Keep list of organizations with which we already have existing affiliation agreements do we have a way to break those down. For individuals who are looking for Spanish or even Portuguese speaking. Um. Locations wonderful question, and one that I've never received before not currently but that is absolutely something that I could take forward too. So people that are about me and field experience and I'm sure we could figure out a way to support that. Excellent. Now in terms of the ability to specialize within the program. How much leeway is there for students to essentially craft. Specialization that may not exist currently within the program itself like maybe a self designed. A specialization. Doctors in stock I would say we don't have that right now, the ability to do that. We do have to have the courses available in the Walden curriculum. To be able to offer a specialization. We do have a Center for lifelong learning that is being that is. I'm sorry, but a couple years ago and it's really taking off now that center offers continuing education opportunities as well as courses. I'm all over the University that people can take through that center, so if we don't offer exactly what you're looking for. Are you might check out our Center for lifelong learning as it grows and develops a man? And get some hands with even more and more content. You may find exactly what you want through that. So that center. And I guess I can add also there are also other ways that you can go about gaining that experience. You can be thoughtful about what site she choose for field experience. And you may even be able to receive specialized training and things like eye movement in consideration reprocessing or dialectical behavioral therapy. So there are a lot of different opportunities to you other than just the specializations that we author and we can help you. Until experience explore some ways to maybe get those things as well. Thank you very much for those answers so question about the actual structure of the program is there a way to listen to courses via headphones. Being sitting down at the computer for all of the. Online components. Are there alternative modalities I should say? I can't say the courses are built with multi multi modality resources. There are videos easy walk around with headphones. I listen to videos, not all of the resources for the weeks are in text. If you have medical documentation that supports the need for movement or that you need. Be able to hear lectures and things like that are disability office would be happy to provide any of the resources we have. Available in an often format. It's a great great point to bring up. I'm actually I'm a student in one of our doctoral programs in psychology, and disability services team. It's been phenomenal at assisting me with alternative formats for my textbooks so definitely that's a great point to bring up. So another perspective student has a question about when they have technical or assignment questions how are those handled? Assignment questions typically you want to go to your faculties, it would then course room. We have a contact the instructor. . That you can post your question about undefined that we like the students that do that because you're probably not the only student with the same question. And that way the faculty can address it as quickly as possible, and get get the same information to all students. And you can certainly email your faculty, they welcome back, our faculty welcome Phone calls. We have several faculty hold. I'm regular meetings with their students or just available to sit down and chat, maybe through zoom or other. Resources that you can see your faculty in your colleagues. Those are all optional their faculty are very much committed to. Making sure they're available to answer your questions. There's another part of that question I forgot what it was. I I think I think it was about student support so if you have a technical technical technical questions. We have a dedicated team that can assist with that. We also have a coaching team, I was told that there was a report uploaded into this presentation. It's all the different support services. We have available in Walden. And that gives you direct information of where to go. It was for any kind of support that you might need. Then, hopefully you can access that document to see what we have available as well as kind of download it and. I would available for yourself, that you progress through say, Oh, I have this type of question who do I contact the resources there for you? So we do have a question relating to transitioning into this program from existing Masters in clinical mental health counseling programs. It was an individual who has a Masters in forensic psychology, but of course in psychology. There's no license here at the. The Masters level that's at the doctoral level, so they started a Masters in counseling program for licensure their institution closed. And they want to know would they be eligible to apply to a doctoral program or is it probably going in the right direction to transfer their credits in the Masters program and complete it. At the Masters level for counseling. Well, that sounds like this might be one that we might want to dress more 1 on one to make sure we're answering the question the best way we can. Our normal visors have have ways of contacting me as well so that we can make sure we're looking at what's best for you? In each situation after that allows you to transfer up to 45 credits of the 90 from another credit University or what we consider. That could be equivalent courses and we try to do the best we can because we really don't want you to be taking content you've already completed. That is kind of a violation of financial aid laws, too because they don't want to pay twice for the same course for you. So we work very hard as long as our coding body says that we can see the standards being met in the course. We will we will do what we can to get that transferred into graduate level, but again with your enrollment advisor. And if you feel like they aren't hearing. You say, Hey, we got doctors couldn't stop. I'll be happy to also do a second review? They help you out. Excellent so we do have a few questions that have come in about specializations. Maybe I what I would ask is if we could go over specializations a little bit more. In detail the 1st question being if you aren't certain what you want to specialize in at the start of your program. Is their flexibility in changing pads during your program? And then are you able to add courses for specialty down the line. Those are great questions and they specializations can be changed. Anytime you could come in saying. Hey, I think I wanna do common crisis. And then you get to be in the program thing I'm going to be in common crisis if I don't graduate soon. So I'm going to stop that specialization you can do that. You don't have to continue it. You could also get to the end of the program and say, Hey Hi. I think I also have gotten really interested in my time here working military families. I'd like to know a little bit more. You can add that you can add change modify throughout the program up until you graduate. But just to clarify a specialization is not required. Yes, thank you. Thank you doctor Patton. And what doctor Patton mentioned earlier lot of our students get what they need through continuing education or on site. Training in their internships or field placement sites and so you may find that you don't need those extra 10 credit hours. You may find what you need through your state through even Counting Association Conference is another trainings that are available out there. Professionally. So we could have a question about the program in the core structure now given that our programs are asynchronous. And so much of the work is done through reading and interaction with other students. The question relates to what the value of the program is given that a synchronous nature and the assumption that there's not. As much instruction as in person. Actually, I'd like to counter that with my own experience, I've been in a counter Edgecator since 1988. I'm into the profession and worked at that point quickly on ground and then about 15 years ago. I went into a blended program and started teaching where we had part of the course. On ground in another part of it through the computer and then I joined Walden and went strictly online. In all of my years, which is. I'm over 30 of teaching I can tell you that I have a much deeper connection with my students. In an online program I get much more content feedback as well as just general feedback and growth comment. Every week to be students, which never happened in an on ground. Not going to face to face University you won't be so connected with your instructor in these classes that you'll be talking with them. Every week at a deep level and connecting and they'll be giving you feedback throughout but you'll have a lot more. Support and feedback then you would have in a traditional setting. And the Doctor Patton if you want to add to that or anything. At that totally fits with my experience, I have been primarily at Walden throughout my entire career but having taught. As a teaching assistant at another University. It's absolutely consistent with my experience, though we may not have in every course. Uh a typical. We're prepared instructor gives you like a lecture or something. All of what you're learning is so detailed in response to what you need. I think you get more. Information that way it's not just the blanket amount of information. It's in response to any questions, you might have or areas for growth. But I think it's more tailored. The other thing is all of our resources are not just read your textbook which I think is also something you see in. In a lot of universities is here, you supposed to be chapters, one through 3 and will talk about it in class. We have so many more resources, including videos on current research articles, we have. Professional out in the field to come in and do presentations or who have. Who create panel discussions for you to hear and listen and it's very, very dynamic and engaging types of? I'm learning opportunities, so don't assume that you haven't been here that it's just going to be released chapters and then. Writers response to the Bayou experience on that. That's not how we want your education to be that sounds rather dry and boring. We tried to do much more dynamic and engaging than that. So do our programs allow students once they graduate in received licensure. Do they prepare them for the capability of providing counseling services online via remote counseling service. That is a really good question, we currently have efforts in place to make that more possible we also. Like we don't have words of wisdom workshops, which are kind of individualized CU related things. But yes that is. An intense and active effort to make that something we offer. Excellent now if a student completes a Masters level program in counts Lane as their away for that, too then. Allow them to accelerate into a doctoral program. Absolutely we welcome our graduates into our doctoral program encounter education supervision that doctoral program that we offer is BK crip. Program, which allows you to be advanced practitioner and supervisor and to be an edgecator to be be one of the faculty, creating future counselors. And so that program is open and the Masters in clinical mental health is the prerequisite program or one that we requisite programs for that Donka plug. Uncle degree so we actually have. Quite a few of our our graduates move into our doctoral program. And so we encourage people who are interested in continuing to grow and develop? They consider that degree. It's really those students who are have questions about financial aid related. Questions first being if you maxed out financial aid of the bachelors level does that impact Masters level. Um. And then another being. Costs and fees are textbooks included in the tuition. Those are really good questions and they're not ones that I have the competency. I don't think doctor Patton has accomplished. Address for financial aid office would be happy to answer those kinds of questions. I do know that with. Each level of degree that there's a new allotment for financial aid. And so when we when we put our programs forward we tell. Tell the financial aid office? How many credit courses and they have to be able to get the funding. After your own individual situation you would have to work with our financial aid advisors to know for sure what you'd be. Qualified to obtain in terms of financial aid. All right. But I'm not qualified to answer that one. Sorry. Yeah, absolutely outside of my scope of experience as well. I can say we have an excellent book store who will help you get the resources that are not embedded in the course. Excellent as a former enrollment specialist myself, I can say you know, there are additional levels of financial aid available for masters and doctoral level. Our students those go beyond what is available to undergraduate level students you're going to want to go to the? The federal aid websites you can check your maximum allocation and you know what you've used cumulatively thus far. But yes definitely another great approach would be to reach out to our financial aid Department or reach out through your enrollment specialist. Who can then you know if need be connect you with our financial aid office to get questions answered about that? So we did have questions about enrollment do we have? Rolling admissions is there a deadline for enrollment and are there any fees for? Enrolling. We have a different term starts. We always start an enrollment with each of our beginning quarters. So we have one for winter quarter spring summer. Awkward will have to start sometimes we have? What are called interim start, where we have enough student interested who want to get started? That will we will offer our foundations of accounting courses A6 Week course we can offer that at a later start. So that you can get started if you missed the deadline for the first of the quarter beginning. In terms of fees that's again when I don't I don't know about that one. OK, so we didn't have a question there is a perspective student has an existing Masters in counseling, but they do need some courses to fill fill? The requirements for licensure in their state are they able to take individual courses. Yes, they can only restriction of the field courses. You are not allowed to take the practical or internship course. And other if you need for example, advance psychopathology course that your University and author or your state requires we're happy to provide that. It would be it would be involved in non degree student you would not be a degree seeking student but. As a non degree student you can take courses yet. Still, questions about residencies, um are those locations selected for the students and if they have the ability to select locations for those. Where would they? Find upcoming residency options? I can answer that so I will be easiest way as I was saying earlier Walden is really well integrated. Into into Google and other sites search any other web searches if you type in. Walden counseling either residency or free practicum. It'll take you to the site where it outlines where those are at. Hum. Most frequently in the last couple of years. Our pre practicum have been in Arizona and in Georgia. We are expanding that a little bit. The most similar? Uh the one that's coming up really soon. It's going to be in Houston. TX so we're trying to expand Leslie hold them, but we do hold them. Across the USA, so it's cool closer hopefully for you and you can choose the one that's near your home if you like. We do also make sure the sites that were selecting are as inexpensive as possible. One of the reasons we have Atlanta so often? Is it's one of the? At least expensive airports and least expensive hotel costs for our students and so, although we would love to go to Costa Rica. And you know something really cool places. We do have to keep in mind, the budgets of our students so. We try to find locations where it's affordable easy access to airports and transportation and so we do take into consideration. It needs of the student and as doctor, Patton mentioned we are located different locations. We have another one in Texas. This next year in 2020 or this year in 2020. Excellent so we did go a little bit over the hour. We just had a lot of questions coming in. 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