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 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 email@example.com. Before we get into today's content, we want to take a few moments 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 the section for submitting questions for the 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. 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 event, 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 will respond to you directly around that window, so please keep an eye on the QA box periodically throughout the program. If you ask a question. With those items out of the way, it's my pleasure to introduce today's presenters. Doctor Tracy sent stock and doctor Miranda Griffin because this event is designed to provide a more personal introduction to Walden University. At this point, all turn it over to our presenters to speak about their special connection to the school. Thank you very much for being here today and I'll let you take it from here. Thank you, thank you David. This is doctor Tracy. Since Doc I am the program director for the school of counseling and I'll let Doctor Griffin thing go to. Hi, I'm doctor Miranda Griffin and I am the director of clinical skills training for the school of counseling. It's great to have you with us and now we will be looking at our agenda for today. During our time today, we hope to tell you just a little bit about the Walden story as we shared this with you, we hope to highlight some of our faculty provides you information on our clinical mental health counseling program. We want to also scaffold our skill development to let you know how we are here to support you throughout your progression in a degree at Walden. Share a little bit about our field experience in the connection that has with you Anne within your local community. Inform around some of our student support resources and of course, allow an opportunity for you to ask questions. So let's get started. So why'd Walden, one of the things that Walden has encouraged all of us to do, is to follow ry. And in following your why, one of the things that you should know about, Walden is that. It began from someone's living room. Our founders, who were really invested in social change and providing opportunities to students that did not exist during that particular time. Here. Walden most recently entered into over 50 years in its foundation, and since that particular time, we've seen over 100 and 25,000 graduates making a difference in their local communities within their states. And ultimately, within the world, and we've been able to do that because of our vast degree programs that are centered around adult learners and primarily 100% in an online remote or virtual platform. One of the things that you would want to know about our clinical mental health counseling program is that it is an accredited program, the accrediting body for the profession and discipline of counseling is known as K crap. We have held our cacrep accreditation since 2009. In addition to this. You would want to be familiar with that. We offer expertise in licensure. An leading to licensure across our programs. So what that means for you is once you complete your degree. If you have an interest in becoming a licensed professional counselor, alisen's mental health counselor or whatever acronym your state or territory might recognize, Walden is going to assist in giving you the information you need to be ready to go into that particular process. We have a solid track record of success is as I indicated. The Walden family at large. We've seen over 100 and 25,000 graduates that are making a difference in the world. But when in our clinical mental health counseling program, we've had almost 4000 graduates, an more than 7000 students who have been placed successfully within our field experience. So those numbers probably sound really large, but what's even greater than that is the success of the student to represent each of those numbers, and with that in mind, we want you to know that you won't be just a number because we are very intentional about our ability to personalize our support to our students, and that's every faculty member every staff member, everyone that you interact with here at Walden has you at the forefront of everything that we do so within. Services we make sure that we provide comprehensive student support for you from the point that you enter into the program throughout your enrollment and as you progress to graduation, some of these supports come through our clinical skills enhancement lab and our skills committing. We have a student support group that is comprised of faculty that are available to support students when they may be encountering some real world challenges that could potentially impede their ability. To be academically successful, one of the things within the profession of counseling is we have a code of ethics that we have to live by. So Walden students are afforded an opportunity there. Continuous assessment and evaluation against what are known as key professional dispositions to ensure the readiness for this profession from time to time, some students may need some support in this area and so we have faculty designated to support students through one to one. Phone calls virtual meetings to get them to the place that they need to be to be successful, not only within their degree program, but going into their field experience and going into the discipline and professional counseling naturally. As I indicated from our origination as a University, social change has always been at the heart of everything that we do. So wildens faculty, staff and students and graduates are dedicated to providing. You, as a student or career professional with opportunities to engage in social change. You will be known as a scholar practitioner and a reflective learner, and so you we know that you have an ability to make a difference in your community. In many of you are already doing this because you're engaged in social change and that is what has led you to connect with Walden. Now we're going to share a little more in depth about our amazing faculty doctors in stock. Thank you doctor pepper. I got some feedback. I'd like to just welcome everyone again and just mention that we have a very diverse in dedicated faculty. All of them are doctoral level faculties. They're all licensed practitioners. We have 208 of them from all across the world. Most almost reside in the United States. We have some in Ireland, Africa, Israel, so we have a very diverse group of faculty here for you. And they're all working in many different areas of mental health now. They may be working in child protective issue services. They may also be working at the national level with lobbying and advocacy we have, for example, doctor me to Johnson, who is the current president of Nadac, which is an addictions organization, and she spends quite a bit of her time as a lobbyist or an advocate on Capitol Hill trying to make sure that the needs of addiction. Survivors are being met. We have another faculty who work in in our different professional organizations and hold leadership roles and we also have people have written the chapters of many of your books on our team. Now we have a very broad and talented group of faculty. Here are ready to work with you, one on one, and there are also well known as experts in their fields and so you'll be seeing them. You might even see them in. News, articles and others not other marketing pieces out there. Let me talk a little bit more specifically about the clinical mental health counseling program that doctor Griffin mentions are Masters program is accredited by K Craft, which is the council for the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. The long name that accreditation is required in most states to be licensed and we have held that successfully. Also, since we were first granted accreditation in 2009. We also offer very small class sizes even though we have a lot of lot of students, a lot of graduates are our class sizes stay between 12 and 15 because we want to make sure that you get the attention that you need as a student and we also have faculty are very committed to meeting with you one on one to provide extra support in any way that they can. We have several in person events which are practically events, and Doctor Gibbons going to talk a lot more about those, so I'm not going to go into those at this time. We also have words of Wisdom Workshop. These are a virtual opportunity to learn more about a topic offered by our faculty. Sometimes our doctoral students. Sometimes our alumni and you can earn continuing education credits and so for any of you who are at a career right now where you need to keep those. Continuing education units active and updated. You can get those for free and we offer those for free for our alumni and so once you graduate from London and you need to be professionally up-to-date, we offer the continuing education units that you would need as you as you progress. Are you also have a very strong and growing alumni student network? And so we have a lot of students who connect as they connected on past graduation. Eye doctor Griffin mentioned earlier as well. Our program is tailored to meet your states expectations for licensing. There are some states that require a course or two, or a few more field hours or some different unique requirements than the traditional cake rap program which we offer for the majority of our students. The Advisors and faculty or knowledgeable can assist you in learning how to read your state requirements to make sure you have what you need when you finish your degree to be licensed eligible. We also offer assistance in preparing for the national counselor exam, the national counselor exam is a state and most is exam most states use for licensing and you can even complete that exam prior to graduation. Our program is a 90 quarry quarter hour program which is equivalent to a 60 hours semester program. You can complete the program in 2 1/2 to three years. For those of you who are working full time or managing your families and things that may take you longer because you may find that some quarters you would rather have one course instead of two, you are automatically enrolled in two courses per quarter, but sometimes life, maybe throwing more at you. Maybe you have a family member getting married and you know you have to do a lot of traveling or or wedding preparations. Or maybe there's a new baby coming in the family. Are there certain quarters and you may notify your success advisor to say I'd like to take this one class this quarter and we're happy to adapt. And then also, if you have a time in your life where you have more more time available, you can take three courses in those quarters. The only stipulation is that you need to have your GPA that remains 3.5 or higher as long as you do that, you can take free courses up to where you start your field experience. Our courses are primarily asynchronous. What that means is there's no set classroom time that you can come in and do your Walden work at 2:00 in the afternoon. 9 at night. 5 in the morning, whatever time might work best for you and your schedule, that it completely is up to you. We do have a few synchronous activities. Those are a group. Labare accrediting body requires. Minimum of 10 hour a group lab experience and we provide those opportunities for you so you don't have to find a group. And then we also offer many different times of availability for those so that they will fit your schedule. The field experience supervision called or. Also a time that you do need to meet what we call synchronously and those again are scheduled at a time where you provide your availability and so we work very hard to make sure that anything that we do that requires you to. Be in with other students at the same time that that meets your availability. All these other discussions and assignments and exercises that you have you can do when you have your own schedule and availability. We also. All those assignments are going to help develop your knowledge, skills and dispositions that you will become a competent, competent professional counselor. We don't want anyone leaving Walden going. I wonder if I really know what I'm doing here and we want you to go out knowing I, I've got this. I'm well trained and I can tell you that our feedback from our field, previous field students, their supervisors and all over the country are very impressed with our Walden students. A common question about our program is the option of specializations. You will see that we have are parkour degree, the clinical, mental health counseling degree, and then there's some options of specializations. These are completely optional. They're not required in any way, but for some people they would like to have a little bit more expertise and maybe something to add to their their resumes. Then we will hire. Such a great, but I think you're on my microphone and So what happens is you might decide. I really want to work a lot more with couples and families, even though you are qualified with the critical health counseling degree to work with individuals, couples, families, of all of all ages. Some people feel they would like to have a little bit more expertise and skills and so they pick up our marriage couple and family counseling specialization. That specialization gives extensive training. On different techniques and approaches to working with couples and Families, as well as options in human sexuality and child child counseling. But you have these options, maybe it's addiction. See with the opioid issues going on, you want to be able to say I have. I have extra knowledge trading an preparations work with addiction counseling. These are like I said optional but they also enhance your opportunities. Each of these specializations is tin credits. Two courses, The only exception on here is the state education specialization. That is, for those states that require unique additional courses or training to meet that state. Licensing, for example, right now on Florida, requires a human sexuality course that's not in our core curriculum. But if you're living in Florida, you would pick that course up in our state education. Specialization. Specialization allows you to take any of those licensing courses while doing your degree. An obtaining financial aid if you need that. The other question we get alot is why clinical mental health versus other professions? And what would make me pick clinical health over social work for example. Or psychology is the real quick overview of what mental health counseling foundations are. Our foundations are Wellness where psychology and social work or on the medical model. So the focus for us is on. If we give a diagnosis, we want to help someone overcome that and. Unhealthy the idea behind a medical model is once you give a diagnosis, the idea is to help the person learn to cope with that diagnosis for the rest of their lives, and there's probably some validity for both being accurate, but we work collaboratively together. Our approach here that we're going to be training you is on how to help people move towards Wellness and Wellness approach. Talk to you then. Thank you so much and doctors in stock. If you have an opportunity, Wendy has a question in the chat specific to the specialization of military families and culture, and so I'm going to move forward to our slide on build. I'm sorry, not field experience. I slide on the residency in pre practicum so one of the responsibilities that I have is to help oversee the academic portion of our residents in pre practicum what these words really mean. Are that this is the opportunity where faculty and students come together for face to face experience? Are PhD or Doc Tauriel students will have three opportunities throughout their program where they will come for a face to face experience. We refer to this as an on ground experience are Masters students will have at least two opportunities during their degree progression for this face to face experience in. Back on this Thursday we have a face to face residency in pre practicum in Houston, TX. We hold these experiences at least four times a year. Students will usually are Masters. Level. Students will usually enter into their first free practicum experience around turn 5 or quarter five of their program and then they will enter the last three practicum experience somewhere between term six and eight prior to entering into their field experience and of course, before you move to graduation. These particular experiences help to prepare you. 4. Being an individual counseling sessions, conducting those sessions, helping you to co-facilitate a group so that you would be prepared to be a group leader prior to coming into this experience, students already have had the clinical coursework necessary and have demonstrated success in the course to enter into a pre practicum at the pre practicum you will be in a small group with your peers. You will have a faculty member. So in many ways it looks like a traditional classroom setting. In this setting you will be exposed to experiential activities modeling and mirroring by your faculty member, and then you will have the opportunity to be evaluated against your ability to conduct an individual counseling session to demonstrate the foundational counseling skills, which of course work has prepared you to be able to present within the pre practicum experience known as pretty practical. 2 for our Masters level students. In addition to being able to conduct a mock individual session with appear while you're there on ground, you will pair to co-facilitate and lead a group counseling session. You will be evaluated against that particular code leadership opportunity for the group leadership skills, and the foundational counseling skills that you were demonstrating. Why weird. On ground, not only our faculty there to support you, but we have our student success advisers that are there to support you to sit down with you to look at what we call a degree audit or your. Program of study, which is the sequence of classes that you're taking within your program that leads you to graduation to ask questions to see if you are on track. To get some projections about when you are going to begin your field experience, we will have a field experience coordinator or field experience director that is also there to speak with you specifically in an individual one on one appointment about preparing for that experience. Submitting the application, securing the site and the readiness for that. Rays of your degree progression. We will have advisors that are available from our faculty and or administration to provide answers to the questions that you have about your program, about the profession and discipline of counseling and moving forward. Now, sometimes students come into these experiences with just a little anxiety or stress. Because, hey, we're coming from behind our computers and we're taking our hands off the keyboard. And now we're actually going to meet face to face in many ways. The same that you will be doing when you're in field experience within those community agencies or private practice throughout your local area so that particular experience can raise the stress level and anxiety for some people. And when that happens, it can cloud your ability to demonstrate those foundational counseling skills that you have already prepared to come into the experience to do so. We've anticipated this. And as a result we have support for you right on ground through our skills enhancement lab, which is a skills development opportunity. And So what that means is that their faculty as well as interns that are set aside. Available ready to receive you to give you some extra time to practice one on one before you go back into your classroom and demonstrate your mop or individual counseling session or the code. Facilitation of that group. Because again, wild and is all about supporting the student and meeting the students where they are. It's our goal and Endeavour for you to be successful and so we have these supports built in to the on ground. Residency in pre practicum experience. Now let me just give you a little bit. Of information from a logistical standpoint, for our. Doc Tauriel, students, they have what's known as a residency one, which is the equivalent of 1.75 days of face to FaceTime on ground. Those Doc Tauriel students have a pre practical one Anna Pre Practicum to those experiences are the equivalent of four days face to face on ground are Masters level students have a pre practical one and a pre practicum two those experiences. Each are equivalent to four days face to face, while on ground. In addition to that, if you factor in your travel time to and from, you could have five to six days which you are connected for. The purpose of this particular experience, while we're on ground, In addition to everything that I've described about being in your small group classrooms, having advisors ready to meet with you. Having skill support right there at your fingertips. Is we also have some large group opportunities and by large group I mean that there is something known as a faculty demonstration. Which takes four to five different faculty members with different counseling, theoretical orientations and lead you through the progression of a counseling session from the moment the client walks into the moment that they exit the door in a one hour counts in session, and so the client is exposed to at least three different counselors. In that demonstration, who again come from three different approaches and take you through the phase and progression of the session. That's one example of one of our large groups. That we have. We also have a paving the way to field experience large group content session which is available to help really narrow down the expectations and readiness for getting ready to go into field experience. And to answer your questions around field experience on our very last day that we are there. We have several 1.5 hour workshops which are around different content areas specific to the profession and discipline of counseling. So there may be one content session on domestic violence. There may be a content session on play therapy, a content session on self care Wellness and balance and these are provided to you just like if you were to go to a conference or a workshop in your community, you get to choose which one should go to. Most of them also will afford you see E. Usor continuing education units, and these are important to you. If you are already credentialed or certified in some way or if for our Doc Tauriel students are already licensed. For those of you who are not yet credentialed, certified, or licensed, there still very beneficial and meaningful for you because you will get into the practice of learning what it is to earn continuing education units, which will be a requirement. Once you begin to pursue licensure for our profession and of course you're continually having interactions face to face with faculty and peers, and this has been known to be kind of the icing on the cake for our students. After having this experience because it really solidifies your why, so let's look now to our field experience. Hey, if we can move to the field experience slide. Can I see? Does that OK here we go. So the at the very end of your program prior to being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, which is graduation. Commencement Degree is a field experience as doctors in stock and I have already referenced. Our program is accredited. Our accrediting body requires our students to participate in a field experience. And so build experience includes a practicum, an an internship, sometimes referred to his internship one, and two or internship A&B in the field. Experience you will be connected to these particular classes for a minimum of three terms or quarters. Some students, depending on how they arc wiring their hours, because what happens during field experience? Is you are literally and physically inside of an agency that receives clients. You are under the direction and supervision of someone at the site while also being under the direction and supervision of one of your faculty members at the University you are connected to a online blackboard classroom. You are delivery services, so this is this is really the culmination of. Everything that you have been in classes on ground preparing for, and that's to touch the lives of individuals who are seeking care through counseling. So we have dedicated a field experience director as well as field experience coordinators to assist you and to be there throughout your journey. Probably the very first touchpoint that you would ever have with that office is gonna be when you come to one of the on ground experiences. Pre practicum or residency. We have site search support that is available to you if you have entered into that field experience application process and you're running into roadblocks, meaning that you can't find any agencies in the area because maybe you're in a rule area. Or maybe you're in an area that has a lot of other universities with counseling programs and it's highly competitive. And that can be frustrating. It can create a little anxiety and stress, and so we realized that and we have site search support available to you through our field experience office. You will be able to have some flexibility in selecting your faculty supervision time because this is the time where each week while you're in the field experience, you will be on a live video and audio call. For two hours with your faculty supervisor in all of the peers that are in the field experience course with you and what you're doing dear is receiving. The continuous academic preparation for being successful while inside of the agency. Working with the clients in ultimately for the discipline and professional counseling are field experience. Website is full of information and resources to you. The link is provided there for you to look at, but just to give you kind of an order of that particular process from the very beginning of your Walden experience, we're thinking about. Your graduation because we know that you're thinking about it too, and so our field experience office has what's known as a field experience checklist. That checklist takes you quarter by quarter or term by term of what you should be doing and or thinking about to make sure you are on track when it gets time for your field experience. That information is available on the website. The second part of this particular process is you're going to learn about the field experience in your classes, and certainly when you come to the paving, the way to field experience session during a pre practicum on ground experience, you will utilize the field experience website because it is full of resources, some of tips around interviewing how to secure site list of sites that the University already has relationship. An affiliation with because students have been supported there in the past. We encourage students before they get to this particular phase within their program is to form relationships right now in your community with agencies, and you can do that through volunteerism. Of course, volunteerism is connected to social change in. Again, we are passionate about being social change agents. The reason why we are encouraging you to begin forming these relationships. Is because relationship is key to that field experience, opportunity? If an agency is already familiar with you because you've been volunteering at least one or two days a month? Out of your time, giving up yourself and they're gonna be more amenable when you reach out to say hey, would you mind hosting me as it up for my field experience? And if they're not able to, because maybe there already at capacity to hold students, they would pick up a phone their phone and reach out to one of their peers in another agency who may hold students to say Hey, we really have this star volunteer were not able to support him or her in there, um, field, experience opportunity, but we wanted to see if we could connect the two of you. For this purpose. So that's why volunteering really helps with the field experience site secure and we have a platform known as metric, and that is where you would submit your application. You have to submit the field experience application at least three months prior to the Phil experience beginning because it has to go through an approval process and so that's why from day one we get you to look at that field experience checklist so that you can be ready for the application submission. And then the last step within that processes that, again, you're going to complete practicum internship, one internship, two a minimum of three terms because you see those are three distinct classes, but you can extend those experiences beyond the three terms based on your acquiring of the hours when you were on site in those agencies. So our practicum is a 100 hour requirement of percentage of those hours you are going to be delivering direct service. And the internship up one and two. It's it's a minimum total of 600 hours. So that could be split up 303 hundred, 400 and 200 or maybe 150 one 5150 and continue to count until you get to 600. And that's what I mean by the acquisition of ours in terms of it could extend beyond three terms, just depending on how you're able to balance the number of clients that are available for you to be seen while. And that experience. So I know that was a lot of information, but I wanted to be as thorough as possible because it's important, and then we're going to move to our next slide to talk about some different ways. That we're here to support you. So of course Walden has available to you financial aid. We have an office that assist students who have interest or need about financial aid information there ready and willing to talk to you and to help you in your planning or your degree. We have a force license. Clinicians across the counseling discipline with many years of teaching experience, research experience presentation experience being in private practice, these faculty are available to you within the classroom. We have very small class sizes and that really helps for us to connect with you to be as individualized as possible in the academic experience. We haven't writing center because of forest. When you're pursuing a degree, you're going to be doing some reading and some writing. In writing, isn't a strength for everyone, and we recognize and realize that, and so we have a writing center on that staff with individuals that are ready to support you. They even have different resources, kind of webinars and workshops around several different areas of interest for our students. We have an academic skill center which support students in a very similar way to make sure that you are progressing as you're supposed to be progressing at. You have all the resources necessary to be successful. I'm using the technology platforms and the different interfaces of information that's available now. Earlier, I reference that in the profession of counseling. We have ethical standards that are set forth. By the American Counseling Association and throughout your program, you're being assessed and evaluated against specific key professional dispositions. We have an office of student development which is comprised of faculty who helps students when there may be concerns about their ability to fully evidenced with success. Those deep key dispositions, again, so that when you get ready to enter into field experience, there is nothing that would interrupt that field experience for you because concerns have been raised about your ability to be ethical and or appropriate. As you engage with clients and confidential. Information so those supports are already built in. We have our student outreach and support. I referenced this particular on group of faculty previously, and just to remind you that these faculty are here to support you when maybe life happens and life could potentially be impeding your ability to fully engage in a class to fully be successful. To get the grace that you desire to get. We had that skill support and so not only do we have the skill support that I reference to you during our residency in pre practicum experience, where you get to meet one to one with someone to go over some skills that might be of concern and that you're struggling to evidence and demonstrate during your individual or group counseling sessions with your peer that you're paired with in the class. But we have skills support available to you outside of the residency practicum. Experience so that you can really hone in those skills and be successful because once you enter into the field experience, not only are you going to be evaluated by your Walden faculty member, but you're going to be evaluated and assess by that on-site field supervisor, and so that's going to be important that you're ready, and so we want to make sure that you're ready and we have the supports available for that. We have our students success advising I referenced this particular group of individuals who are also available to meet with you one on one. Face to face while we're on ground. But during all other times they have virtual opportunities for you to connect with them. A phone call and email away for you to ask questions about your planet. Study which class should you take? When are you on track? Something is happened in life. I need to withdraw dropped from a course. What does that mean and how is it going to impact me? There hit are here to help you. We have the office of field experience which has directors, coordinators and staff. That are working to support that field experience application to ensure that you have the site search support resources that you need in to answer any questions about getting to that particular place within your degree progression and then of course we have a Career Center which helps you with job interviewing tips. Getting ready for the world of work in those particular office has plenty of resources to support you. When you are approaching that particular phase of your program, so the ultimate message that we want to convey is that we are student centered and focus in here to support you throughout every step that you take with Walden. And so now we're going to move forward to our Q and a portion. Excellent, thank you very much. So we did have some questions that came in folks. Just a reminder. If you do want to submit questions, you have something you're curious about that was discussed briefly during the presentation. Please feel free to use the Q in a box so one of the questions related to field experience. What is the total number of field experience, hours and total and they're asking about? Both practicum internship? My hand internship. The. It's 100 hours for practicum, 600 for internship. Depending on the state, for most it's 4040 direct hours in practicum and 240 direct hours working with clients in the internship experience. So we have a question about the structure of the classes. Are there primarily our programs are asynchronous, but are there any components where there is live interaction or recorded interaction with the actual instructor for the courses? Absolutely. So one thing that doctor unsynced referenced when she was providing the program overview basics. One of those opportunities occurs within our group lab and that group lab, based on our accrediting body cacrep, requires that students have a minimum of 10 hours of a group experience. And so when a student enters into that group lab course, they're going to meet. Once a week, typically from weeks 3 through 9, which is 7 total weeks. At 2 hours each week with a faculty member in their peers in a pseudo group. So that's one particular time in that Pseudo Group. Students are going to be on live video and live audio engaged and interacting another time when. A face to face type of opportunity is occuring is when I talked about the residency in Pre Pratt where you are physically face to face and not virtually face to face with ARD PhD students. That's three times within their degree program for Masters students. That's two times within their degree program within our field. Experience the practicum internship. One internship, two there also. Through virtual technology supports live video live audio. Vision type calls that occur each week throughout the field experience. Those calls are typically for two hours, so those are the different opportunities where I believe that would answer the question that was asked about the times when you're going to be live with faculty. I'd like to add that we have very creative faculty because it can be. It can seem kind of boring after awhile and some online programs, but I would say Walden does a very good job of never letting students get bored because we we changed the requirements in the courses so that then we still have discussions then which will have applications or assignment to turn in. There may be a quiz which the quizzes that we offer are designed to help you prepare for the national counselor exam, so you learn to practice. While you're learning the content that be able to pass that exam now, the other thing is our faculty may provide you that your feedback on an assignment by video. They may not just write everything, they may say hey, this week I'm going to. I'm going to let you hear me give you the feedback. They may hold meetings available throughout the week, and some of our faculty offer their meetings for any student on Doctor Spadaro runs what we call her duck Ninas Ducks. And that what that means is she's working with students in whether it's just one student shows up or 10 student show up to learn the skills needed, the core skills needed to be an effective counselor, and she just makes these appointments available for students to show up. They also will time. The faculty will post their discussions by video, so there will. They might provide new information similar to a lecture, but these are all very short and entertaining types of. Relevant content that they feel might best be well presented by a video, but even though it's it's, it's an online University that the job is that the University is not set up for you to just read and write only throughout the program. So we did have some questions. Additionally about field experience. What is the criteria for choosing internship sites and how is it possible to get? How is it possible to get hours in a rural area? So on a marfield experience website, they have a a field experience manual within that field experience manual it speaks to the criteria for the site and the person that's going to be providing you the supervision at the site. What is key for you to know right now about that is that there has to be someone that is license. In the profession and discipline of counseling and or within a helping profession that can provide you that supervision so that could be an LPC, it could be an element. See it could be somebody with one of the licensors that also has the supervision credential on top of it. The site one has to be willing to host. They have to be willing to complete some paperwork. Enter into an agreement I in a relationship with the University. Student uhm and to meet kind of the demands and requirements of their responsibilities that are connected to that. Now in a rule area. You're gonna want to go into that field experience checklist as soon as you enter into your degree program and stay on top of what you're to be doing each term. There are some sites search support resources that are available on the field experience website because we have such a large and diverse faculty. Many of our faculty are also from rural areas, and so you won't be the first student. That's from a rule area and trying to navigate finding a site. Uhm, when there are challenges. So outside of looking at counseling sites, sometimes there are opportunities inside of hospitals because hospitals also see. Same, see patients and have some counseling, access, and services. Sometimes there are larger faith based entities that have a counseling component connected to it that have individuals that meet the credentials and requirements to provide that supervision. Sometimes there are universities that have counseling centers that provide counseling. There's a number of different entities outside of just a community mental Health Center or a private practice because we also have students. Who are working with an individual practitioner that has a private practice and so they're working with someone who might not be in this large agency with over 50 plus staff members and that helps the students to be able to meet those hours when we have looked across all of the resources that we have. Then we go and look through some of our federal agencies which are connected to our States and local communities because they have expansive list. Of sites that could be available for consideration, so those are some of the different ways doctors in stock. Are there ways that you would add regarding if you're from a rule community, how would you navigate? Finding a field experience site? Yeah, I think that I can say that our students find sites we have. Doctor Susan Carmichael, who who bends over backwards to work one on one with our students. If you have any issues at all, she's going to be right there to help. She has. She has a bag of tricks that I will call it that she can pull out and has been very successful in helping people find a site. Some of them, after they talked to her final site within two days. So I think the other thing is, you know, we've had. We've had students from all over, and so it's not. It might not be surprising to find that we've had someone in your area. We've even approved private practices so it may not be a big agency. It may be that you would find a private practice that's more easy to locate in your in your more rural area, but will work with you. Excellent, so we did have questions about the specializations, how many additional courses is that? There typically two courses by credit to eat, so it's 10 credit specialization. The exception is the state line state licensure specialization that one can be just one course, or it could be three or four courses. So we didn't have one question about the approximate total cost of the program. One thing that we've been pointing out in any of the experiences like this. These webinars that we've been doing, is that really the best place to get an answer about the total length of time for a program time to completion cost to completion is going to be to reach out and speak with an enrollment specialist who will be able to work with you to get a specialized personalized estimate based off of any potential transfer of credit you may have. They could submit your transcripts for evaluation for credit, but also to be able to identify which program which specialization might be the best fit for you. So to answer the question about approximate total of tuition, the best bet is going to be to answer to ask to speak to an enrollment specialist about that. And what are the next start dates for the program? We have one coming up on March 23rd and then we also have another one coming up April 6. We typically have two or three starts for quarter so that people, people who want to get started can get started right away. They prefer to do so. There was a question about the information about today's web, an arm. We should have a downloadable version of that in the resources list. If not, if that's not available in there and you should see that. Popping up on your screen now. If that is not in there, what we'll do is we'll go ahead and send that out via email after the event. We do have a question about specific requirements for licensure, are there? Variances between states. Specifically, this person is inquiring about Virginia. There are some differences. I would say 80% of the states required, just the degree that we provide for you. We have a counter license. Your office that can help you determine if your state requires other things. Also, your enrollment advisor may also be able to tell you for sure if there's anything unique with your state. Alright, so it looks like we don't have any additional questions that have come in just yet. Again, last opportunities to ask questions. So while we wait to see if anything else comes in, do we have any parting thoughts for students considering starting on one of the upcoming dates? Well, I actually think think I have a biased towards point towards Walden. I think it's the best place ever. I want to share why that is and I think it's the social change aspect that doctor Griffin was talking about. I am just touched daily by the changes people make in the lives in their communities and that includes our faculty that includes our students. And so when you Kermit the Walden, you may not know what that means. That when you leave you will have touched lives and I think that's something that really. Means a lot to me. It means a lot to our students. It brings great pride to the people who graduate from Walden, and I hope that it means something enough for you to want to stick in here and give alternate Ryan and leave are leaving our degree when you graduate. Having a group of things you can do. A handful of things already on your plate that you can do to touch people, not just in the accounting arena, but in their lives. I think that I would just some kind of ad in my closing thoughts is that you know, we're happy that you're here and we would like to move forward in a relationship with you because you're connected to our program. We know that this is a huge decision, but we would love for you to be here and to support you throughout the decision. OK, and we did have an additional question that came in. What are the differences between the clinical mental health counseling program and the marriage couple and family counseling program? We no longer offer the marriage couple of family counseling program as an actual degree. What we were having issues with is the states didn't accept that program for licensure as well as we needed it too, and So what we've done is made that into the specialization. So you're still getting the same content pleasure getting the licensable degree and the diagnostic coursework that you were not getting in the family courses. So what it is is the clinical mental health counseling degree of prepares you to work for all individuals. As well as couples and families. So when you leave with this that degree you're qualified. The marriage couple family Specialization, though allows you to be able to work. I I don't know that necessarily better, but you're certainly feeling better prepared to work with families and Couples walking into a room with a family of five is quite different than walking into the room with one person in the family. So we really want to make sure that you feel like you have your feet under you for that. The other thing is doing the family hours that are required and agencies is quite challenging and we had so many of our current students in the marriage couple family program we offered, we couldn't complete their internship hours. Because a lot of times, while you have to have more than two people in the family with you for a lot of the hours for family hours account and it's very difficult to get more than one person in the family to show up in the most common client you will see is an individual. And So what happened for so many of our students as they were being delayed with their education and we don't want that. So we've modified our program to be able to meet the needs of those who want that family background. As well as being able to complete your degree in a timely manner and your license, and so if you like families, that is the ideal program because you'll be able to complete your degree in a timely manner and be able to work with anyone who walks through the door very comfortably. OK, so there are no additional questions that have come in that does bring us to the end of our web and are we appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedules to join us today. Thank you for submitting all your wonderful questions. As a reminder, this webinar will be archived. It can be viewed on demand. The link to access that is going to be sent in a follow up email. Please feel free to share this content with a friend or colleague. I encourage you to connect with our faculty, students, and alumni by connecting with Walden on social networking sites like Facebook. Twitter and LinkedIn. You can see Facebook and Twitter both are in the toolbar at the bottom of your screen were also on LinkedIn. Thank you again to doctor sense talk and Doctor Griffin anti our audience for joining us today. Everyone please have a wonderful day. Thank you bye bye. Thank you bye bye. OK, we.
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