Counselor Education

Jay Parkes, Department Chairperson
Department of Individual, Family and Community Education
Simpson Hall
MSC05 3040
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
(505) 277-4535

Associate Professors
Jeanmarie Keim, Ph.D., Arizona State University
Matthew Lemberger-Truelove, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Deborah Rifenbary, Ed.D., University of Virginia

Assistant Professors
Thomas Chavez, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kristopher Goodrich, Ph.D., Syracuse University

Lecturer III
George Hunter, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Mission

The Counselor Education Program prepares students to address the counseling and human development needs of a pluralistic society. The program recruits and retains students who reflect the broad range of diversity found in New Mexico. Students graduate with knowledge and skills in core competency areas that include: professional identity, ethics, social and cultural foundations, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, assessment, and research and program evaluation.

The Counselor Education Program features an integration of theory, research, practice, and interdisciplinary collaboration. It is intended to prepare counselors who are informed; who are sensitive to the diversity and uniqueness of individuals, families, and communities; and who value and promote the dignity, potential and well-being of all people. The program prepares professional counselors and counselor educators to respond to a world with challenging and pressing social problems.

Faculty members are committed to integrating teaching, scholarship, research, clinical practice and service while promoting a climate of social justice, systemic change and advocacy. The faculty’s goal is to infuse multicultural and diversity training in all aspects of academic and clinical course work in order to prepare multiculturally competent counselors and counselor educators. From the beginning of the graduate course of study, classroom education is combined with on-site training. These experiences provide the opportunity for students to work in and with various educational settings and community agencies.

Associated Programs

Graduate Program


COUN 492 / 592. Workshop in Counseling. (1-4 to a maximum of 13 Δ)

COUN 493. Topics. (1-3, no limit Δ)

COUN 510. Professional Orientation and Ethics. (3)

COUN 513. Career Counseling. (3)

COUN 514. Supervision of Counseling Services. (3)

COUN 515. Testing and Assessment in Counseling. (3)

COUN 516. Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Counseling. (3)

COUN 517. Theories of Counseling and Human Behavior. (3)

COUN 518. Group Counseling. (3)

COUN 519. Group Counseling Internship . (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

COUN 521. Clinical Mental Health Counseling. (3)

COUN 522. Communication Skills in Counseling. (3)

COUN 525. Experiential Counseling. (3)

COUN 541. Counseling Children and Adolescents. (3)

COUN 545. School Counseling. (3)

COUN 560. Family Counseling. (3)

COUN 576. Diagnosis of Mental Disorders. (3)

COUN 577. Substance Use and Abuse. (3)

COUN 581. Sexuality in Counseling and Psychotherapy. (3)

COUN 584. Multicultural Issues in the Helping Professions. (3)

COUN 590. Practicum in Counseling. (3)

COUN 591. Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

COUN 592 / 492. Workshop in Counseling. (1-4 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

COUN 593. Topics. (1-3, no limit Δ)

COUN 595. Internship. (2-6 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

COUN 610. Professional Issues and Ethics. (3)

COUN 615. Leadership, Advocacy and Professional Issues. (3)

COUN 620. Seminar in Counseling. (3)

COUN 621. Advanced Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy. (3)

COUN 625. Teaching in Counselor Education. (3)

COUN 630. Advanced Practicum in Counseling. (3-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

COUN 650. Advanced Group Counseling and Psychotherapy. (3)

COUN 696. Internship. (3-6 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

COUN 699. Dissertation. (3-12, no limit Δ)

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1 University of New Mexico
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