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Graduate Counselor Education

Graduate Counselor Education

The skills and theories learned in AUM’s Counselor Education programs are applicable for those who wish to serve in settings such as:

  • Private practice counseling
  • School counseling
  • Higher education
  • Play therapy
  • Adult development and aging/gerontology
  • Assessment
  • Non-traditional settings

Counselor Education courses use a blend of technology and media to support candidates in a variety of learning environments. These courses are designed to help counselors provide specially designed interventions for their clients and to work with diverse populations. AUM currently offers specialty counseling tracks in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling. An internship is required. 

The AUM College of Education recognizes that the development of a competent, committed, and reflective educator means the development of a Professional Educator.

Dr. Paul F. Hard, Associate Professor, Core Faculty

Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Alabama

M.A. Community Counseling, University of Alabama

MA Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

MDiv Christian Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Hard’s concentrations are in clinical mental health and marriage & family counseling. He has over 13 years of agency counseling and private practice. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and an  LPC Supervisor. He sponsors the Alpha Upsilon Mu Chi Sigma Iota chapter at Auburn University at Montgomery. His research interests have been in the areas of counselor/professional impairment and wellness, complicated grieving in pre and post-natal loss, professional credentialing and advocacy, sexual minority issues in counseling, and ministerial termination.  He holds multiple awards from the Alabama Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association with whom he has held several high offices.

Dr. Carrie Hemmings, Assistant Professor, Core Faculty

Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Auburn University

M.Ed. Community Counseling, Auburn University at Montgomery

M.A. English, University of North Carolina Charlotte

Dr.  Hemmings has served on the Executive Council of the Alabama Counseling Association, the Executive Committee of the Alabama Association of Specialists in Group Work, and the Executive Committee of the Alabama Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Research in Education, has served on the Branches Committee of the National Association for Specialists in Group Work, and has presented at numerous national and state counseling conferences. She co-sponsors the Alpha Upsilon Mu Chi Sigma Iota chapter at Auburn University at Montgomery and is active in sponsoring workshops and involving students in presentations and leadership in professional organizations. Her research interests include trauma, group work, and multicultural competency and development among students and professionals.

Dr. Eric Darch, Assistant Professor, Core Faculty

Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Auburn University

M.Ed. School Counseling, Auburn University

B.A. Foreign Language (Spanish), Auburn University

Dr. Darch has over 20 years of Title 1 public school experience serving as a teacher and school counselor within all grades PK-12. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Nationally Certified School Counselor (NCSC). His professional interests include: the role of the school counselor, children and adolescents, translating research to practice in the school setting, behavior management, and multicultural and linguistically diverse students.  He has several publications and has presented on these topics.

Counselor Education Curriculum

Counseling courses use a blend of technology and media to support candidates in a variety of learning environments.  All Counselor Education programs prepare counselors to provide specially designed interventions for their clients and to work with diverse populations. An internship is required at the Master’s level. AUM currently offers specialty counseling tracks in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling.

Counseling Student Handbook Counseling Clinical Experiences Handbook

School Counseling

Traditional Masters Plan of Study
Education Specialist Plan of Study

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Traditional Masters Plan of Study
Education Specialist Plan of Study

Career Paths

Private Practice Counseling
School Counseling
Play Therapy
Adult Development and Aging/Gerontology
Assessment

Counselor Education Survey

In order to evaluate and improve the counseling program of study, current and former students are surveyed during the spring semester each year. Students are asked to complete the Counselor Education Survey, and evaluate their training, professional development and involvement opportunities, and faculty-student mentoring. Current and former students are also asked for suggestions about improving the program. Finally, they list their employment, professional certifications and licensure, current professional membership and service and honors.  Informal student input is also solicited from students periodically as needed.

The Comprehensive Assessment Plan for the Counselor Education Program

The Counseling Program at AUM engages in an array of data gathering activities to improve its program.  Comprehensive Program Plan for the AUM Counselor Education Program at Auburn University at Montgomery addresses both the continuous systematic program evaluation processes as well as the assessment of student learning outcomes processes. The assessment plan is detailed at both the curricular experiences and overall program level in relation to assessing direct evidence of student learning.

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