Southeastern Louisiana University’s Counseling Program regularly engages in evaluation and assessment, seeking feedback from students, graduates, site supervisors, employers, and advisory committees. The purpose of this document is to update students, prospective students, graduates, faculty, administrators, employers, and site supervisors regarding recent changes to our Counseling Program.
The past couple of years have been busy ones for our program, and we would like to go back to the 2009-2010 academic year and work our way forward in highlighting some of the major changes. Hopefully, this will help to provide a sense of continuity as you follow our rationale for some of the changes that we have made.
In preparation for incorporating the 2009 CACREP standards, program faculty spent much of the 2009-2010 academic year preparing for course and curriculum changes. In the fall of 2010, several course/curriculum changes were approved, including the following:
- Creation of a concentration area in Clinical Mental Health Counseling that replaced
Community Counseling (our requirements were already very similar to what is required
in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.) This strength of the standards in Clinical
Mental Health will help our graduates to be even more competitive in the clinical
- Due to low enrollment in our substance abuse emphasis and limited faculty to teach
in that area, we eliminated that emphasis area. We still provide coursework and internship
sites in the area of substance abuse. All students, regardless of concentration area,
are required to take SAC 619: Introduction to Substance Abuse. While we did discontinue
two substance abuse courses, we created a new course, SAC 631: Advanced Substance
- CED 627: Intro to Play Therapy was added as a requirement for concentrations.
- In the School Counseling, CED 629: Advanced Play Therapy was added as a requirement
in the School Counseling Concentration. CED 617: Counseling Children was eliminated,
as the primary content of CED 617 is now covered in the play therapy courses and Human
Growth and Development.
- In the Marriage and Family Therapy concentration, MFT 632 (Substance Abuse and the
Family) & MFT 672 (Couples and Marital Therapy) were discontinued due to some duplication
- A new course, CED 642: Crisis and Grief Counseling, was created and is now a required course of all students. The course incorporated much of the content of CED 640: Grief Counseling and CED 641: Crisis Counseling, which were both discontinued. In addition, CED 642 incorporates an emphasis on disaster and trauma, which is an emphasis under the 2009 CACREP standards. This course is critical in preparing our students to deal with crises, grief, trauma, and disasters.
During the 2010-2011 academic year, program faculty continued to review the courses and curriculum based upon feedback, survey and evaluation results, and CACREP standards. The following is a summary of some of the recent changes that have been approved all the way through the University Curriculum Council and will become effective in June of 2012:
- The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) concentration has been changed to Marital, Couple,
and Family Counseling (MCFC) to be consistent with CACREP terminology. As a result,
the prefixes of all courses will be changed from MFT to MCFC.
- In the School Counseling concentration, CED 620 (Advanced Counseling Techniques) is
being replaced with CED 623: Advanced School Counseling. The previously required CED
620 was a more clinical course and not specifically helpful for school counseling
students. CED 623 will provide additional training for school counseling students
in areas related to the ASCA model and additional CACREP school counseling standards.
- Previously, all practicum students regardless of concentration completed the same
internship experience. We have received a great deal of feedback from school counseling
students and graduates stating that having a practicum in a school setting would be
beneficial. We began placing school counseling students in the schools a few semesters
back, but we have made that official with the creation of a practicum specific to
school counseling (CED 680).
- Several changes were made to clean up wording in course titles and in prerequisites. These were not substantive changes, but primarily ones to eliminate duplicity and add to clarity.
This academic year, 2011-2012, is a busy one for the Counseling faculty as we are preparing our CACREP self-study in anticipation of our site visit in 2013. The process is ongoing, and we are on track to submit our self-study report to CACREP at the end of the spring 2012 semester.
We will keep you updated regarding any additional changes/modifications.