Counselors can change lives.

That’s one of the many reasons we’re excited about the work we are doing at UWM and why we’re deeply committed to training multiculturally competent counselors who are ready to use their skills to help clients in urban environments.

Our master’s program offers two concentrations:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Prepares students for work in a variety of community settings such as mental health clinics, community agencies, counseling centers, colleges, universities and businesses.

School Counseling

Prepares students to work as school counselors. The program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Students are trained to apply the principles of learning, human development, counseling, research and measurement within the schools. Preparation is designed to enable students to deliver counseling services to schools and their extended communities.

Accreditation

The School & Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period January, 2014 through January, 2024.

Substance Abuse Certification in Wisconsin

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum combined with specialized electives from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) to satisfy the educational requirements toward certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor.

Learn More About the Certification
DSPS grants certification for Substance Abuse Counselors in the State of Wisconsin (not UWM). To become certified, a person must have specialized course work, documented practice experience in an appropriately-supervised substance abuse counseling setting, and must pass the State required examinations.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at UW-Milwaukee offers our students the opportunity to complete the required specialized course work while concurrently earning their master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Our DSPS approved Substance Abuse Counseling (SAC) curriculum cannot be taken separately from the Educational Psychology Masters: Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program.

The Substance Abuse Counseling curriculum of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at UWM is approved through June 1, 2022.

Required electives from the MSW Helen Bader School of Social Welfare for the SAC emphasis are:

  • SocWrk 791 Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (must be taken for 3 credits)
  • SocWrk 818 Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders
  • SocWrk 820 Interventions for Substance Misuse + SBIRT
  • SocWrk 820 Treatment of Substance Misuse and the Family: Adults/Older Adults

OR

  • SocWrk 820 Treatment of Substance Misuse and the Family: Adolescents

Why certification as Substance Abuse Counselor along with the counseling degree?

  • In order to be qualified in the State of Wisconsin to provide treatment for substance misuse disorders, one must hold a DSPS Substance Abuse Counselor credential.
  • Certification in Substance Abuse Counseling is a valued additional credential for many mental health positions.
  • Licensed Professional Counselors can provide a more comprehensive continuum of care to clients when qualified to treat both mental health and substance use disorders.

Why Choose Our Program?

  • Our program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).
  • The Department of Educational Psychology is recognized for its commitment to diversity and has more than 50 years of experience training multiculturally competent counselors and psychologists.
  • We’re located in the state’s economic, cultural and career capital, just 15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee and 90 minutes from Chicago, ensuring ample internship and networking opportunities.
  • You’ll work alongside internationally known faculty as an integral member of their research teams and may have the opportunity to present your work at national conferences.

Program Information

For additional information about the program, please see the Counseling Master’s Handbook (PDF).

Student Data for the 2017-2018 Academic year
Number of students applied:112
Number of students admitted:84
Number of students who accepted offer of admission:61
Number of students enrolled in the entire program:101
Number of students who graduated:31

Program Faculty

Kelsey Autin, PhD, Assistant Professor
Dr. Autin’s research interests include how people find fulfillment in their occupations and how this relates to overall well-being. A major focus of her work is on how identity and sociopolitical contexts shape beliefs and barriers to obtaining decent work outcomes.

Nadya A. Fouad, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished University Professor
Dr. Fouad’s research interests include cross-cultural vocational assessment, career development, interest measurement, role of race and social class in development, and cross-cultural counseling.

Marty Sapp, EdD, Professor
Dr. Sapp’s research interests include psychological applications of hypnosis, mindfulness meditation, culture and contemplative therapies, test anxiety, third generation behavioral strategies, and post-modern approaches.

Stephen R. Wester, PhD, ABPP, Professor
Dr. Wester’s research interests include male gender role conflict, multicultural expressions of masculinity, gender and emotion, counseling men, as well as the training of counseling psychologists and counseling supervision.

Program of Studies

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration (60 credits)

Educational Psychology Core (9 credits)

ED PSY 624 Educational Statistical Methods
ED PSY 640 Human Development: Theory and Research
ED PSY 720 Techniques of Educational Psychological Measurement

Counseling Core (21 credits)

COUNS 710 Counseling: Theories and Issues
COUNS 711 Foundations of Career Development
COUNS 714 Essentials of Counseling Practice
COUNS 715 Multicultural Counseling
COUNS 774 Trauma Counseling I: Theory and Research
COUNS 800 Group Counseling Theory
COUNS 904 Family Systems Theory, Research, and Practice

Clinical Mental Health Core (30 credits)

COUNS 600 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUNS 702 Neuroscience and Medical Aspects of Counseling
COUNS 751 Lifespan Psychopathology
COUNS 755 Counseling Pre-Practicum
COUNS 765 Supervised Practicum I in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUNS 812 Clinical Studies in Counseling
COUNS 820 Counseling Appraisal and Clinical Decision Making
COUNS 970 Supervised Practicum II in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
SOCWRK 791: Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (Note: Sign up for 3-credits)
1 Elective (3 credits)

School Counseling Concentration (K-12 only) (48 credits)

Educational Psychology Core (9 credits)

ED PSY 624 Educational Statistical Methods
ED PSY 640 Human Development: Theory and Research
ED PSY 720 Techniques of Educational Psychological Measurement

Counseling Core (21 credits)

COUNS 710 Counseling: Theories and Issues
COUNS 711 Foundations of Career Development
COUNS 714 Essentials of Counseling Practice
COUNS 715 Multicultural Counseling
COUNS 774 Trauma Counseling I: Theory and Research
COUNS 800 Group Counseling Theory
COUNS 904 Family Systems Theory, Research, and Practice

School Core (18 credits)

COUNS 602 Introduction to School Counseling
COUNS 764 Supervised Practicum I in School Counseling
COUNS 810 Counseling in the Schools
COUNS 816 Counseling Children and Adolescents
COUNS 968 Supervised Practicum II in School Counseling
1 Elective (3 credits)

Please note: a course in Exceptional Education is required for non-teachers (which will take the place of the elective) EXCEDUC 600 Survey of Exceptional Education (U/G course; take as graduate credit).

Application Information

All application materials must be submitted through UWM Graduate School’s online application by the stated deadlines. Please note that these dates are different from the Graduate School’s application lock date. All completed applications received on or before the due date will be held by the Counseling Area for the Admissions Committee meeting held shortly after the stated deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 18 credits of work in the social sciences or related areas with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  • Applicants who do not have the required GPA shall be required to submit additional information; e.g., the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT) scores.
  • Depending on the applicant pool, some applicants may be admitted who do not meet the required GPA.

The program requires 3 letters of recommendation. These letters must be submitted through the application’s electronic recommendation feature by the recommenders themselves. Letters uploaded or sent by the applicant will not be accepted.

UWM Graduate School Online Application Form – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

UWM Graduate School Online Application Form – School Counseling

Questions about admissions?

Allison Hochmuth
hochmuth@uwm.edu
(414) 229-4599

Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellowship

Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellowship Application

AOP application deadline for graduate students in Educational Psychology is January 22nd.

Students in Educational Psychology graduate programs are eligible for funding opportunities through the Graduate School. The Fellowships and AOP awards information can be found on the Graduate School Types of Funding webpage. Those applications are due in late January for internal ranking in the department. We then submit it to the Graduate School by their deadline in early February for the upcoming Fall term.

Post-Master’s Certification

Students who already possess a master’s degree may be admitted as non-degree/certificate students. They can take the required course work to meet the requirements for counseling licensure without completing a second graduate degree. The course sequence is generally shorter than what would be required to complete the MS.

Application Information

Applying for the Post-Master’s School or Clinical Mental Health Counseling Certification Program

Graduates of the UWM master’s program in counseling need not apply to the Master’s program. Applicants apply to the Graduate School as non-degree candidates and are recommended for admission by the Counseling Area chair.

All other applicants who possess a master’s degree may also be considered for admission. To be considered, applicants must have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better. The department must receive all materials by the same deadline indicated in the first paragraph of the Application Information section above.

Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate School as part of the admissions process:

  • For Community and School Counseling Post-Master’s Certification applicants must complete the online application.
  • Official Transcripts if not already on file. Please also remember to upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts directly into the online application.
  • Remember to complete the Reasons statement, Residency Calculator, and all other required materials in the online application.

Upon admission, you will be asked to send official transcripts to:

Graduate School
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 340
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Gainful Employment

Due to new federal financial aid regulations, beginning with the summer 2017 term, students who had not previously been awarded federal financial aid at UWM and are enrolled in a stand-alone certificate program will no longer be eligible for federal Title IV aid. Students in a stand-alone certificate who are seeking financial assistance maybe eligible for private loans. Private loans are not guaranteed as they are subject to lender approval including a credit check.

Below is a link to a tool that will help you learn what to look for when shopping for a private loan. At the end of the short tutorial, it will provide a comparison shopping tool allowing you to sort, filter, and compare up to five lenders at one time.

FastChoice

Upon applying for the loan of your choice and being approved, the UWM Financial Aid Office will be notified by the lender to provide enrollment information. At such time the loan will be added to your financial aid award.

For previously enrolled students who have been awarded federal financial aid, see the Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information below.

Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information

Informational Meetings

During the 2018-2019 academic year, the Counseling Program faculty will be holding informational meetings once each month. All prospective students are invited to take advantage of these opportunities to meet with a faculty member and admissions staff. They will be available to answer questions about the Counseling Program and to give a preliminary review of transcripts. These meetings will be held on the dates listed below from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in Enderis Hall room 772.

Meeting dates are:

September 19, 2018 with Dr. Nadya Fouad
October 17, 2018 with Dr. Marty Sapp and Dr. Kelsey Autin
November 14, 2018 with Dr. Stephen Wester
January 23, 2019 Dr. Marty Sapp
February 20, 2019 Dr. Stephen Wester
March 27, 2019 Dr. Kelsey Autin
April 17, 2019 Dr. Nadya Fouad

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Program FAQ

School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)