Welcome to the Department of Professional Counseling
The UW Oshkosh Department of Professional Counseling prepares graduate students to respond to the multitude of changes in society and the ever-expanding counseling profession. Graduates of the program obtain a Master of Science in Education degree with emphases in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling and Student Affairs/College Counseling.
Students in the program experience a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes experiential, hands-on learning supported by supervision and mentoring. Course curriculum and clinical requirements are updated continually to meet the demands of the counseling profession. Assessment portfolios, service-learning, and a comprehensive final exam are ways in which the program is evolving to enhance students’ education and training.
The Department of Professional Counseling has been accredited since 1992 by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) at the master's level.
Chair: M. Alan Saginak
Academic Department Associate: Paula Geier
UW Oshkosh Professional Counseling Department to Receive Regional Award
The UWO Department of Professional Counseling will receive the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES) 2009 Innovative Counselor Education Program Award in October 2009. The UWO program is humbled by this honor from NCACES, and excited that their program was selected for this recognition. The NCACES region covers 13 states in the central and upper Midwestern United States and comprises over100 counselor education programs. The UWO faculty would like to thank all of our current and past students – you are the ones that push us to excel, and this award largely reflects the manner in which you continuously ask us to grow and be creative.
UW Oshkosh Department of Professional Counseling Honored with Friends of Education Award
The Oshkosh Area School District has worked with numerous faculty members from universities both here in the state of Wisconsin and other states. There are but a few groups whose accomplishments speak so very clearly of their expertise, advocacy and leadership as educators in their field. The UWO Department of Professional Counseling is one of these unique “Friends of Education.”
With the Department of Professional Counseling as a catalyst, Webster Stanley Elementary is now in its eighth year of a very unique service-learning project in which counseling students provide weekly developmental guidance lessons in Webster’s after-school Lighted School House program. This project provides a ‘real’ classroom for UWO school counseling students and allows them to “make a difference”
in the lives of elementary students. This year the project expands to include the Washington Elementary Lighted School House Program.
At the middle school level, the UWO Counseling Department worked with school counselors to create a middle school service-learning component at Carl Traeger Middle School. The UWO school counseling students were an integral part of the school’s STAR (Students Talking About Respect) program. During STAR days, UWO students facilitated small group discussions with 6th graders about self-respect and empathy for others. This wonderful outreach provided UWO students with practical, hands-on experience in the “real” world and at the same time, provided critical high quality learning and relationship building opportunities for the middle school students!
At the high school level, UWO graduate students’ partner with West high school counselors on the completion of all junior credit checks, WIScareers training of all 500 sophomores each year, and parent workshops. This collaboration has proven invaluable to West High School and staff sees their partnership expanding in the future.
Now with the district’s new comprehensive guidance model, UWO students are again at the forefront by offering assistance to support the implementation of the conferences held at fifth, eighth and tenth grades. The Department of Professional Counseling’s commitment to education and the Oshkosh community are second to none!
The UWO Department of Professional Counseling is an excellent model of life-long learning and the importance of giving back to one’s community. Their work with educators and involvement in curriculum speak clearly of a deep professional integrity, a unique ability to facilitate change, and a keen sensitivity to address the needs of all who are affected by the services they provide. Our district and community are fortunate to have a higher education department who advocates for service-learning opportunities and who above all, is committed to children! The OASD is convinced that UWO’s Department of Professional Counseling’s dedication to its students, their generous sharing of time, talents, and energies and their professional collaboration with staff “makes a difference” in the quality of counseling services to meet diverse needs in our school district. Written by: Brenna Garrison- Bruden, Principal Webster Stanley Elementary