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The Counselor Education Program at Ohio University was established in 1948 by George E. Hill, a national leader in Counselor Education. The first Ph.D. degree from the program was granted in 1962. All degree programs in Counselor Education are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP), and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). Specialty areas of focus include: clinical mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, and school counseling (2010 Assessment Report) (2011 Assessment Report)
Our graduates are employed throughout the country and abroad in a variety of positions devoted to service and leadership. There is a long history of outstanding professional accomplishments of both faculty and graduates that is promoted by the program’s emphasis on a holistic approach to the integration of counseling training with a high level of professional commitment and involvement.
Faculty, graduates, and students contribute to their own professional development and the growth of the profession by their leadership in professional positions in national and state professional counseling organizations. They practice counseling, conduct research, make professional presentations, publish professional materials and continually strive to strengthen the profession.
Organizations in which the Counselor Education faculty, graduates, and students regularly participate include the American Counseling Association (ACA) and many of its divisions, such as: Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA), American School Counselor Association (ASCA), The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC), National Rehabilitation Association (NRA), Ohio Counseling Association (OCA), Ohio Rehabilitation Association (ORA), Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (OACES), Ohio Mental Health Counselors Association (OMHCA), and Ohio School Counselor Association (OSCA).
The George E. Hill Center for Counseling and Research was established to enhance professional development by program faculty. The Center provides opportunities for students and faculty alike to practice counseling skills, conduct research, and provide related services for the benefit of students, the community and the profession.
Chi Sigma Iota, the Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International (CSI) was first established at Ohio University in 1985 with Alpha Chapter. CSI is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). Dr. Thomas J. Sweeney, Professor Emeritus, Counselor Education, Ohio University, and Executive Director Emeritus, Chi Sigma Iota, was the founding President of Chi Sigma Iota.
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