Sunday, October 2, 2016

Looking for the next leaders in counseling ...

I want to invite you to learn more about our Masters degree programs in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Florida Gulf Coast University. We are now accepting applications for students who want to begin in the Fall of 2017.

Some quick facts about the FGCU counseling graduate program and our graduates:
  • There are more school and clinical mental health counseling jobs available in Southwest Florida right now than we have available professionals.
  • Most of our graduates are hired before they even graduate! All of our students seeking jobs are hired within 3 months of graduation.
  • The FGCU graduate program in school counseling is DOE approved and both the school counseling and clinical mental health counseling programs are CACREP accredited. This is a big deal. It means that you can get to work right away and your degree is highly portable.
  • Typically students attend their courses in the early evenings.
  • Several of our courses are "blended" or "hybrid" which means that some traditional face-to-face classes are replaced by online learning activities. This way, we can take advantage of the best features of both face-to-face and online learning.
  • The department offers a dual major track for students who aspire to become both licensed as clinical mental health counselors and certified school counselors.
  • The Department of Counseling is on track to offering a certificate in Marriage, Couples, and Family counseling, beginning in 2018.
  • School Counseling: Graduates from this program work in public and private schools that serve PK-12 students and some work in postsecondary institutions including career and technical centers, special training programs for youth, colleges, and universities.
  • The Department offers a part-time option for students who are working and need more time and a full-time track for students who can take on a greater work load.
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Graduates from this program work in community agencies, mental health settings, and private practices after graduation and most seek and achieve licensure. 

Learn more at our main website: 
Learn more about the Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree here:
Learn more about the School Counseling degree here:
Learn more about our dual major program:
The deadline to apply is February 15 of each year although students are encouraged to start early. Applications will be considered for admission on a space available basis to qualified applicants beyond the deadline. Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and interviews are scheduled between February 15th and March 15th. Initial notices of acceptance, deferred decisions or denial of admission are mailed by the first week in April.
If you have any questions, feel free to call or email!
Russell A. Sabella, Ph.D.  
Professor of Counseling 
Department of Counseling  
College of Health Professions and Social Work 
Florida Gulf Coast University  
10501 FGCU BLVD South  
Fort Myers, FL  33965-6565  
Office: 284 Merwin Hall 
Work Phone: 239-590-7782  
Fax: 239-590-7770  
The mission of Florida Gulf Coast University's (FGCU) Counseling Programs is to prepare exemplary professional practitioners, leaders, and scholars. The programs use a research-practitioner approach that integrates the use of current technology, supervised field experiences, scholarly inquiry, and intellectual and creative resources to work with an increasingly diverse and global society. The program trains counselors who work in pre-K through grade 12 schools, social service, government agencies, hospitals, community organizations, and private practice. The FGCU counseling programs educate well-rounded counselors who demonstrate competence included in the high standards as set forth by our accreditation and professional organizations. 

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