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Department of Counseling and Graduate Education

Step forward—for yourself and others.

The Department of Counseling and Graduate Education is built on the idea that everyone benefits when counselors, educators, and leaders work to serve their communities in the most positive ways they can. With a counseling or graduate education master’s degree, you’ll have the tools to ignite change and improve lives in schools, counseling centers, community programs, and more. When you take a step to advance your education, you take a step to help others.

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Accreditation and Recognition

High-quality programs for high-quality graduates.

You want an education rooted in continuous improvement at a university that strives to produce successful graduates. Our accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs means we demonstrate that excellence through course content, immersive experiences, program impact, and more. You can be confident in our department, as the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the National Policy Board for Educational Administration, and the Council for Exceptional Children have recognized the high quality of our programs.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, has granted accreditation to our two counseling specialty areas housed in the School of Education.

The following summary is based upon CACREP standards and a data-driven program evaluation system.

Clinical and Mental Health Counseling     

  • Number of semester hours: 60
  • Number of current students: 44
  • Number of graduates in past year: 11
  • Completion rate: 85%
  • Licensure or certification pass rate: 100% (Data restricted by state; alumni self-report)
  • Job placement rate of graduates: 100%

School of Counseling

  • Number of semester hours: 60
  • Number of current students: 37
  • Number of graduates in past year: 10
  • Completion rate: 83%
  • Licensure or certification pass rate: 100%
  • Job placement rate of graduates: 100%

Completer Feedback: 2021 First Destination Survey         

  • I am satisfied with my time at Purdue University Fort Wayne: 100%
  • I would choose Purdue University Fort Wayne again: 100%

General Information

  • Total students in 202–21: 81
  • Total applications in 2020–2021: 50
  • Total courses led by core faculty: 94%

Program Effectiveness

  • 100% of third year CMHC and SC students successfully completed internship experiences, meeting expectations for clinical proficiencies measured by site/university supervisors.
  • 90% of second year CMHC and SC students successfully completed practicum experiences, meeting expectations for clinical proficiencies measured by practicum supervisors.
  • 100% of second year CMHC and SC students successfully completed a program-developed six-hour suicide assessment and intervention training.

Community Counseling Center

The Community Counseling Center provided over 2000 hours of free mental health counseling services to over 100 clients from underserved populations in NE Indiana between August 2020 and August 2021.

Program Changes

  • Faculty established the Institute for Counseling Research (ICR) within the School of Education, which is dedicated to advancing evidence-based knowledge of community counseling practice, clinical supervision, and counselor training. 
  • Faculty developed an official dual-track option for CMHC and SC students.
  • Both student and program evaluation are now conducted using our program-developed Broad Areas of Counseling Practice (BACP) framework. For more information, please review our Evaluation of Program Objectives and Student Learning document.

Future Actions

  • The counselor education faculty is seeking internal and external grant funds for the ICR, to support community-based research efforts in the Fort Wayne area.
  • Faculty is exploring opportunities to expand cohort size and track options.  

For further information or questions, please contact Dr. Brett Wilkinson at [email protected].

Nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.

The elementary education program is nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the Association for Childhood Education International.

This secondary education program is nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the Association of Middle Level Education.

This program is nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

School Counseling Advisory Board
Kristin Bowland
School Counselor at Snider High School, Fort Wayne Community Schools
Layla Dean
School Counselor, Homestead High School, Southwest Allen County Schools
Shannon Foster
School Counselor, Blackhawk Middle School, Fort Wayne Community Schools
JOSHUA HELLER
School Counselor, South Side High School, Fort Wayne Community Schools
Kyle Patterson
School Counselor, New Haven High School, East Allen County Schools
Kelly Wolfe-Stiltner
School Counselor, Haverhill Elementary School, Southwest Allen County Schools
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Board
Raphael Bosley
Counselor/Coach, Adjunct Professor, and Minister, Greater Progressive Baptist Church, Fort Wayne
James A. Cates
Diplomate in Clinical Psychology for Cates & Associates Inc., Fort Wayne
Tony Harman
Therapeutic Counselor, Fort Wayne Community Schools
John Newbauer
Psychologist, Family Counseling Center, Fort Wayne
Melisa Sanchez
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Star Behavioral Health Provider, Private Practice, Fort Wayne
Tammie Stinson
Matthew 25 Health and Care Medical Director, Fort Wayne

Contact us

Have questions?

 

Contact the Department of Counseling and Graduate Education at [email protected].