Indiana Wesleyan University’s Division of Behavioral Sciences has recently finalized a new 3+2 advising pathway for addictions counseling and psychology double majors interested in pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.
Currently, many students in the Division of Behavioral Sciences are enrolling at Indiana Wesleyan University with a substantial amount of advanced placement and dual credit coursework. As a result, students are graduating a semester early, in December of their fourth year.
Richard Hooker, professor of addictions counseling, said a majority of the students graduating early are going on to also pursue a master’s in clinical mental health counseling in Indiana Wesleyan University’s graduate program.
The 3 + 2 Pathway is an individualized advising plan that will allow students to finish both their master’s and bachelor’s degree in five years instead of six.
Doug Daugherty, interim dean and professor of addictions counseling, said this will be a great transition for the students when they move on to their careers.
“We see the undergraduate addictions counseling, psychology double major and graduate training in clinical mental health counseling as providing an excellent professional foundation for clinical work,” Daugherty said. “These students will be well-positioned for dual licensure in addictions counseling and clinical mental health counseling.”
Daugherty also said these programs are faith-based.
“These programs operate within the context of a Christian liberal arts education focused on developing the whole person in Christ,” Daugherty said.
Students who choose to apply to the psychology and addictions counseling double major who hold a 3.4 grade point average or higher can interview for acceptance into the 3+2 pathway, starting this fall 2017.
Acceptance into the pathway would also include provisional acceptance into the clinical mental health counseling program at IWU.
“Given that you keep your grade point average up and you fulfill the requirements of the undergraduate major, you will seamlessly go from one (program) to the other,” Hooker said. “You don’t have to worry about whether you will be accepted into graduate school or not, because you’ll know you have been accepted already.”
Once accepted into the 3+2 Pathway, students will be able to take 12 credit hours of graduate courses that will double count towards both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Classes will meet once a week in the Adult Graduate Studies building.
“We are going to individualize this plan for you, so it fits exactly how it would work best for you,” Hooker said. “We are going to try to get you where you want to be, as quickly as we can without sacrificing the quality of your education.”
Interviews for entrance into the addictions counseling major and the new 3 + 2 program will be held on March 28 and April 4. These will be group interviews of three students each. Freshman and sophomores who are interested in the program should complete the interview process this year. A sign-up sheet is available on the counter in the Behavioral Sciences office.