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HDC Program Tracks

The Human Development Counseling program offers two curriculum tracks for students:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • School Counseling (on-campus and online)

How to Apply
Applications to the on-campus M.Ed. program in Human Development Counseling are considered in two rounds for fall admission in the Community Counseling Track and the School Counseling Track. The deadline for consideration in these tracks is December 31. You should submit your application online

The application process for the online M.Ed. in human development counseling with specialization in school counseling is different from our on-campus program. For more information, please visit the Admissions Overview page for online programs or apply here

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling track within HDC prepares master's level counselors for careers in various social service agencies, mental health centers, employee assistance programs, as well as other mental health organizations. Private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) is an achievable goal for individuals who pursue this track.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling track is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This accreditation, originally obtained in 1984, places the HDC program as one of approximately 120 programs nationwide that meet these rigorous accreditation standards and in doing so offers many advantages and opportunities to HDC students.

The requirements for this track include a 60-semester-hour program of studies. Included in this curriculum is a full-year internship placement in a mental health or social service agency setting under supervision.

The curriculum requirements are listed below:

AREA

COURSE #

COURSE TITLE

CR

I

HDC 6400

Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3

HDC 6120

Social, Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling

3

II

HDC 6150

Counseling Diverse Populations

3

III

HDC 6130

Developmental Counseling  Psychology

3

HDC 6440

Advanced Developmental Counseling

3

IV

HDC 6100

Career Counseling

3

 

 

V

HDC 6010

Theories of Counseling

3

HDC 6330

Pre-Practicum

3

HDC 7950

Practicum

3

HDC 7980

Internship

3

HDC 7980

Internship

3

VI

HDC 6160

Group Counseling

3

VII

HDC 6110

Appraisal & Assessment

3

HDC 6430

Diagnosis & Treatment Using the DSM

3

VIII

HDC 7810

Research in Counseling

3

 

 

Choose Two of Three Below:

 

 

HDC 6410

HDC 6420

HDC 6340

Marriage and Family Counseling

Trauma: Impact and Intervention

Addictions

 

Electives:
HDC 6320: Theories & Techniques of Counseling with Children and Adolescents
HDC 6310: Developmental Approach to Personal Loss & Grief
HDC 7500: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Practice
HDC 6220: Counseling for College Access and Admission
 

School Counseling Track (on-campus)
The School Counseling Track prepares individuals to work as school guidance counselors, K-12. Program requirements lead directly to licensure as a School Counselor by meeting all of the requirements established by the Tennessee State Department of Education. The School Counseling track is fully accredited by CACREP. During the period from 1991 to present, the School Counseling program has been accredited as part of institutional accreditation awarded by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The requirements for this track include a 48-semester-hour curriculum which includes a full-year internship placement in a school setting. This curriculum includes 42 semester hours of required courses and an additional six semester hours of elective courses. These requirements are shown below:

 

AREA

COURSE #

COURSE TITLE

CR

 

 

I

HDC 6200

Foundations of Professional School Counseling & Guidance

3

HDC 6120

Social, Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling

3

HDC 7500

Spec. Topic: Exceptional Education and the DSM for School Counselors

3

II

HDC 6150

Counseling Diverse Populations

3

III

HDC 6130

Developmental Counseling  Psychology

3

IV

HDC 6100

Career Counseling

3

 

 

V

HDC 6010

Theories of Counseling

3

HDC 6330

Pre-Practicum

3

HDC 7951

Practicum

3

HDC 7981

Internship

3

HDC 7981

Internship

3

VI

HDC 6160

Group Counseling

3

VII

HDC 6110

Appraisal & Assessment

3

VIII

HDC 7810

Research in Counseling

3

Electives:
HDC 6320: Theories & Techniques of Counseling with Children and Adolescents
HDC 6310: Developmental Approach to Personal Loss & Grief
HDC 7500: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Practice
HDC 6220: Counseling for College Access and Admission
 

Please contact hdc@vanderbilt.edu with comments or questions.


 
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