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Minor in Counseling

What is counseling? Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. -- American Counseling Association

What a counseling minor can do for you:

Complement a major already offered by the University, such as psychology and sociology, focusing on how research from these disciplines can be applied in practice.

Enhance your course work especially for those planning careers in the fields of mental health services, including but not limited to, Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, as well as those students planning careers in other helping-oriented professions (communication, criminal justice, sociology, education, etc.).

Prepare those considering graduate training in the helping professions with a foundation of practical experience and applied research. The minor is not intended to replace graduate level professional training but to prepare students to provide entry-level mental health services and/or prepare students for advanced graduate work.A minor in Counseling exposes students to knowledge of the field of counseling and the counseling process, evidence based therapeutic practices, and the application of counseling skills.

For more information on this minor, please contact Dr. Krista Malott. Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 must complete 15 credits (five 3-credit courses).

To Declare the Counseling Minor:

Download the Counseling Minor form,  complete, save and send it to Rita Siciliano

Students must also apply to OUS using the APPLICATION TO ADD OR REMOVE A CLAS MINOR OR CONCENTRATION form or go to MY NOVA and search OUS Forms and send it to OUS in SAC 107.

The following is a course of study for those who declare the Counseling minor during the 2020-21 academic year.

COU 2000 Introduction to Counseling (fall & spring)   

3 Credits

COU 3500 Developmental Perspective to Diagnosis (fall)
OR 
PSY 3700 Abnormal Psychology* (fall & spring)

3 Credits

COU 3100 Group Counseling (spring)
OR
Three COM 5300 Intergroup Dialogue (IGR) 1-credit Workshops (10 hrs each)

3 Credits

COU 3400 Culturally Competent Counseling (fall)
OR
COU 2500 Counseling Women (spring)

3 Credits

COU 3700 Family & Couples Counseling (spring)
OR 
COU 3600 Motivational Counseling Skills (spring)**

3 Credits

*Course has prerequisite PSY 2050                                                                   

** Course has prerequisite COU 2000

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