The IPFW counselor education program is proud to announce that our Counselor Education program at IPFW has been awarded the 2012 “Innovative Counselor Education Program Award”!
We received this award based on our development of an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to counselor education along with the development of our IPFW Community Counseling Center satellite branch at East Allen County Schools. This clinic serves as a training site for our school counseling students as well as provides a needed resource that is not otherwise available to the students at their Alternative High School.
This was awarded by the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision at their bi-annual convention in Kansas City. The professional association is made up of counselor education programs from 13 states. This award is given yearly to honor an outstanding, innovative, and/or unique counseling or counselor education program at an institution in the NCACES Region.
Congratulations Julia Miller for winning the ISCA Ike Womack scholarship!
Each year the Indiana School Counselor Association presents the Ike Womack Scholarship to a student seeking a Master’s Degree in School Counseling at an Indiana university. Julia was honored at the ISCA conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of working professionals, with evening classes and a pacing that ensures your degree completion in a three-year plan of study. You will be admitted into a “cohort” that takes all of their classes together, and also forms supportive friendships and assists in building strong professional relationships for the future.
The Counselor Education Program is comprised of two “tracks” or specializations, Couple and Family Counseling, and School Counseling. Each of these programs meets their respective educational requirements for state licensure. A unique feature of our Couple and Family Counseling specialization is that it meets the requirements for both the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) licenses.
The program began in 1979 as a school counselor licensing program approved by the Indiana Department of Education. In 1987 the Indiana University Board of Trustees enlarged this mission by approving a master’s degree in counseling for IPFW. The current program features two specialty areas: Couple and Family Counseling and School Counseling.
The IPFW is accredited by The North Central Association for Colleges and Schools. Our program is more specifically evaluated when the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accredits the IPFW School of Education.
The Counselor Education Program at IPFW adheres to the scientist-practitioner model of training. Consistent with this approach is our goal of graduating students who have knowledge of counseling, who are competent in providing professional services, and who have the skills necessary to conduct research. Especially important to the program faculty is the commitment to mental health (vs. pathology) and the value attached to understanding the common developmental themes occurring throughout a person’s life. The diversity characterizing the faculty’s theoretical orientation is an advantage to the program. We provide creative students with a variety of theoretical models as well as different applied settings for gaining training experience.
Students are given strong encouragement to participate in professional organizations and create original projects. Each student will declare an area of specialization: Couple and Family Counseling or school counseling. By focusing research activities and applied practicum experiences in the student’s area of greatest interest, the three components--knowledge, practice, and research--become integrated.
Not only do faculty work closely with students in conducting projects and presentations at professional meetings, they also arrange direct observation and supervision of practica with clients. In working with clients, students adhere to the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association and the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy. Mechanisms for student evaluations of practice include progress evaluations by faculty, the students’ portfolios of accomplishments, audio/videotapes, and reports from internship supervisors. Internship supervisors rate the participants’ clinical skills, and this feedback is available to students.
The majority of graduate students hold full-time employment and take classes in the late afternoon and evening. All students typically finish in three years. Enhanced by the combination of two universities (Indiana University and Purdue University), the IPFW curriculum educates students who will be sought by employers nationwide. We are proud of the state and national awards earned by IPFW students and faculty.
Dr. Amy Nitza
Director, Counselor Education