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Careers in Counseling

Professional Development. Students are encouraged to engage in professional development activities outside of their curricular work. Such activities might include: (a) attending PD trainings, (b) volunteering in research projects and service learning experiences, and (c) participating in conferences (ACA, OCA, OMHCA, AERA, MWERA).

Additionally, students are strongly urged to consider developing a speciality area of competence. This can be a particular client population (e.g., young children, the elderly, adolescents, etc.), setting (e.g., counseling in schools, faith-based organizations, community action agencies, etc.), or modality, such as group, family, and psycho-educational workshops. Use of a combination of any of the following: electives, professional development trainings, research activity, individual study, and/or thesis work can lead to the creation of a specialty area.

Advocacy. The major emphases in the UC Counseling Program are ecological counseling, prevention, and the researcher-practitioner model. Students are invited to join faculty in their scholarly endeavors to gain knowledge and acquire skills sets in the area of client advocacy. Our faculty has extensive expertise in these areas, including leadership in the American Counseling Association.

Job Placement. In the final semester of enrollment, students take the National Counselor Exam (NCE). As a National Certified Counselor (NCC), students have an edge in the marketplace and more easily gain licensure in other states. Additionally, prior to graduation, students will submit a portfolio to demonstrate their knowledge and skills over the life of the program. Faculty advisers play a key role in assisting students with placement in their first career job as a counselor-in-training, prior to full licensure. In addition to placement in school settings and community agencies, graduates have secured positions in university counseling centers, private practice, hospital settings, alternative schools, faith-based institutions and programs, traditional public and private schools, and recreation and sports programs.

Chi Sigma Iota, Upsilon Chi Chi chapter

Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. We promote a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity. Their mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, advocacy, and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling. Founded at Ohio University in 1985, Chi Sigma Iota has over 86,000 members who have been initiated into the Society. The Upsilon Chi Chi chapter at the University of Cincinnati was created in 1992.