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Department of Educational and Human Sciences
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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The UCF Counselor Education Program is designed to educate and prepare individuals interested in working as counselors and practitioners in schools, community mental health settings, institutions, hospitals, and private practice. Professional counselors assist clients in achieving optimal personal, educational, and vocational development. Counselors are proactive "agents of change". To facilitate change, an individual must be fully accepted as a person of worth, dignity, and potential. Counseling assists individuals in understanding themselves, making the most of their own qualities and making their own unique contributions to a multicultural society.
The master's program in Counselor Education requires significant clinical training, particularly through the use of practicum and internship experiences. Practica and internships are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program. Practica is held at the UCF Community Counseling Clinic, a clinical training facility with 10 counseling rooms including a play therapy and adolescent therapy room. Each room is outfitted with a closed circuit television linked to a control room where supervisors observe sessions. Internship involves the comprehensive practice of the role of the counselor in an actual counseling setting. Depending on the program track, the internship sites for the UCF Counselor Education Program are approved PK-12 school settings, mental health settings, or marriage and family settings (e.g., public schools, mental health agencies, community counseling centers, psychiatric hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, or private practices).
Counselor Education Faculty
Dr. Sejal Barden