School Counseling Fellows Program
SCHOOL COUNSELING FELLOWS PROGRAM
The School Counseling Fellows Program is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in school counseling with a focus on school reform, specifically targeting at-risk youth in urban and/or metropolitan school districts. Those chosen for this innovative full-time program will be part of a distinguished cohort of students who will complete the degree requirements for the 48-credit Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling in 15 months. Approved by the Maryland State Department of Education and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Fellows program prepares individuals to be leaders and advocates in schools, counsel K-12 students and families, consult and collaborate with community and school stakeholders, and develop data-driven comprehensive counseling programs that promote social justice and equity in schools.
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|Master of Science in Counseling: School Counseling (Full-Time Fellows Program)|
|Application Deadline:||April 1|
|Application Requirements:||Online application form|
|$80.00 application fee|
|Essay:||A 500-word essay discussing the reasons you wish to pursue a degree at Johns Hopkins University, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will complement those goals. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses in your academic background, as well as any additional comments that will assist in evaluating your application materials. Essays should be submitted in a typed format on a separate sheet of paper.|
|Two letters of recommendation|
|Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended|
|An interview may be required|
To begin the program, Fellows are admitted in the Summer Semester only and will complete the program in August the following year. All classes are held at the school’s Education Building, located on the university’s Homewood campus in Baltimore.
The school counseling program’s course of study involves classroom, laboratory and field site education and training. Students experience a new standard for training school counselors, one that blends theory and practice as they attend a 600-hour internship during the day and class at night. Interns deliver counseling services under the supervision of certified school counselors.
First Summer Semester: Sessions I and II (9 credits)
(Lab course) This course provides an overview of the major theories of counseling and therapy, such as cognitive, behavioral, existential, Gestalt, and Adlerian. Students explore integrative approaches, as well as multicultural and feminist perspectives. Participants focus on a wide range of specific techniques and practices that are associated with each theory and how they are applied in various situations.Notes: Students are required to attend the two-day laboratory sessions. Laboratory courses and internship classes involve an exploration of personal factors as they contribute to counseling skills and techniques.
Fall Semester (15 credits)
Participants review major theories of career development and decision making, occupational sociology, and vocational psychology. The course places career counseling concepts in a life-span perspective and reviews career development materials and cross-cultural strategies.Notes: Tuition includes materials fee.
(Lab course) Students investigate practical and theoretical concepts of group dynamics and group counseling to acquire skills in facilitating various kinds of group interaction. Students explore interpersonal dynamics, personal communication styles, fundamental group counseling strategies, and group facilitation through class and laboratory experiences.Notes: Students are required to attend the two-day laboratory sessions. Laboratory courses and internship classes involve an exploration of personal factors as they contribute to counseling skills and techniques.
Winter Intersession (6 credits)
861.612 Appraisal and Testing for Counselors
Students explore individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation through the use of standardized test instruments and rating scales. Emphasis is given to principles of test construction, reliability and validity, psychometric properties, and strategies for the selection, administration and interpretation of behavioral, psychological, and educational tests. Implications of age, gender, ethnicity, culture, heritage, language, disability, and professional/ethical issues are examined.Notes: Tuition includes materials fee.
Students study the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V) to learn to assess, diagnose, and treat psychopathology based on current DSM criteria. Theories related to the etiology of major categories of mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and personality disorders are examined. Students gain an understanding of the impact of abnormal behavior on individuals, families, and society. Instructors provide a developmental framework for understanding diagnosis from multicultural, feminist, and systems perspectives.Notes: Must be taken before ED.863.809 or ED.863.870.
Spring Semester (9 credits)
Second Summer Semester: Session I (9 credits)
Students are required to take the following course:
Students are required to take one of the following two courses:
Students explore the physical, emotional, and social development of the early adolescent population (ages 10-14) and examine the relationship between development and counseling needs. Students review relevant research; apply individual and group counseling theory and techniques; and explore issues such as self-esteem, peer pressure, sexuality, substance abuse, anger, violence, suicide, and family relationships. Relevant ethical and legal issues are addressed.Notes: This course must be taken prior to ED.863.820. Master’s students must have completed a minimum of 15 credits before registering for this course.
This course provides an overview of the various aspects of adolescent counseling, ranging from adolescent depression, suicide, crisis, drug and alcohol abuse, peer pressure, self-esteem issues, culture, family issues, and developmental themes. Part of the course is dedicated to examining current research on adolescents. The emphasis of the course is on clinical training in group, family, and individual contexts. Relevant ethical and legal issues are addressed.Notes: This course must be taken prior to ED.863.820. Master’s students must have completed a minimum of 15 credits before registering for this course.
Students are required to take the three additional credits of electives or the following Special Education course:
Students must receive grades of B or better in all laboratory courses, practicum experiences, and internships to remain in the program. If a grade of B- or below is earned in a required laboratory course, the student must repeat the course and earn a grade of A or B before registering for any other course. If any additional grade of B- or below is earned in any other required laboratory course, the student is dismissed from the program, even if an A or B was earned in the first repeated course. Counseling students who receive a grade of B- or below in Internship course will be dismissed from the program.