Monday, September 15, 2014

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year!

Welcome new and returning students! We are happy to have you back on campus and continuing your education in the Counseling program in the College of Education at DePaul. Check out the COE's new and improved website!

There are a number of updates that you should be aware of as we begin the Fall quarter.

Faculty Updates:

Dr. Beverly Trezek (Special Education) is the new Chair of our department of Counseling and Special Education and Dr. Erin Mason (Counseling) is the new Associate Chair. Both are available to assist students with any program concerns that advisors may not be able to answer.

Dr. Joy Whitman has taken another position beyond DePaul. As one of the early faculty members of the Counseling program, Dr. Whitman worked extensively for more than a decade to establish the program and to help it gain its outstanding reputation. We thank Dr. Whitman for her many years of service and wish her well in her new career endeavors! Dr. Whitman has expressed that she is happy to have students contact her. If you wish to do so please email Dr. Mason and she will provide you with Dr. Whitman's new email address.

Concentration Updates:

This year the 72 credit hour Community Counseling (CC) program will make its transition to the 90 credit hour Clinical Mental Health (CMH) program. Students who enter in Winter 2015 and beyond will only be admitted as Clinical Mental Health program students. Students who are currently Community Counseling program students will have the option to change to the CMH program. Anyone choosing to make this switch will need to plan for taking several additional courses. In addition, depending on when you are expecting to graduate, you MAY have to extend your graduation date (but this needs to be determined on a case-by-case basis).  Dr. Philip Gnilka (Counseling faculty) and Nancy Hashimoto (Advising Office) will be holding several open meetings for students to explain the differences and the process for the transition. The dates of these interest meetings will be Monday, October 6th and Tuesday October 7thboth from 4-5pm. The location will be announced via CSL News.

Advising Updates:

It is common for advising assignments to need to shift each year due to changes in department leadership, faculty research activities and various other factors. All internship students have one of two advisors while all other program students have advisors by concentration. Below are the advising assignments for this year:

Current internship students: Dr. Melissa Ockerman (SCH and CC), Dr. Rich Whitney (CSD)

All other program students see below for advising assignments:

In addition, Dr. Alexandra Novakovic will be managing the events and planning for all students seeking to do their internships next year, 2015-2016. The first of theses events will be a required orientation on Saturday, October 18th from 10am to noon. More information is coming regarding this event and questions should be directed to Dr. Novakovic.