Department of Counseling
As the state's designated lead institution in health professions classified as a doctoral research university with high research activity by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation, Idaho State University is a public institution based in the city of Pocatello in the southeast corner of the state. ISU has regional campuses in Meridian, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls. Home to more than 14,500 students in an outdoor lover's paradise near some of the West's greatest natural wonders, Forbes magazine currently ranks ISU as the 243rd best research university in the nation and 101st top college in the West. Within the 177th best graduate school of psychology in the United States by the U.S. News and World Report, the Department of Counseling is committed to preparing quality counselors for diverse settings in Idaho and the nation.
Master of Counseling (M.Coun.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Designed to prepare professional counselors for providing individual, group, family, and marriage counseling in various clinical settings, the Master of Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program emphasizes wellness, development, and advocacy related to clients and the community. Throughout the two-year 60-credit program, students are actively engaged in a curriculum based on counseling techniques, career development, cultural counseling, crisis intervention, professional ethics, conceptual theory, psychodiagnosis, psychological assessment, applied statistics, and continuum care. All students are expected to complete a minimum of 1,000 supervised clinical hours of internship in mental health centers, state hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, juvenile homes, private practices, or substance abuse centers.
Master of Counseling (M.Coun.) in Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling
The accredited Master of Counseling in Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling program track is designed to prepare graduate students with the interviewing, assessment, and case management skills needed for working with individuals, couples, families, and other systems for the appropriate intervention strategies. Strongly based on preventive approaches and family system theories to understand the implications of social or cultural issues relevant to the field, the program requires students to complete four semesters for a total of 60 semester hours and 1,000 supervised internship hours. For completion of the program, master's degree students must receive a passing score over 70 percent on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) in the eight common core areas.
Master of Counseling (M.Coun.) in School Counseling
Intended to prepare qualified counselors with the skills and knowledge needs to provide counseling, consulting, or guidance services to youth in elementary, middle, and secondary school settings, the Master of Counseling in School Counseling program requires a minimum of four full semesters of resident graduate studies beyond the bachelor's degree for a total of 60 semester hours and 1,000 clock hours of supervised internship in an approved K-12 setting. The major objectives of the program include producing graduates who can function on a child study team, make referrals inside or outside the school system for resources, implement program evaluation, function as a consultant to other school personnel, understand the process of coordinating guidance curriculum, and work with student families on a therapeutic and educational level.
Master of Counseling (M.Coun.) in Student Affairs Counseling
The Master of Counseling in Student Affairs program aims to provide a comprehensive view of college student services in preparation for graduate counselors to work in student affairs positions on college, university, and vocational technical school campuses. In addition to an emphasis on higher education, students receive a strong component in effective communication skills, which are essential for student affairs administrators to possess in any academic setting. Requiring students to complete a minimum of 60 semester hours in four full-time semesters, the didactic and experiential aspects of the program are combined in one counseling practicum and student affairs internship appropriate to students' post-degree career goals.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Counseling
With the goal of preparing doctoral level counselor educators and supervisors to work primarily in institutions of higher education as faculty members with the knowledge to perform research applicable to the practice of counseling, the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling program places an emphasis on the supervision of counseling students who are providing individual, group, marital, couple, and family counseling. Following the bachelor's degree, each doctoral student must complete ten semesters of graduate study, including the master's degree and three years of doctoral residency to complete the Ph.D. degree. Through the program, students are asked to select a specialization area in School Counseling; Student Affairs Counseling; Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling; or Mental Health Counseling.
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Garrison Hall Room 725
1440 East Terry Street
Pocatello, ID 83209