COMMUNITY COUNSELING - MS (Online)
The Masters degree in Community Counseling is fully online and designed to prepare students to become practicing counselors in various human service and mental health settings. The program emphasizes counseling knowledge, skills, and field experience. Upon completion of the program, individuals may apply to become a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. Students outside of Georgia are encouraged to research the licensing requirements in their individual states. Division faculty advisors will work with students to individualize their program of study to meet their state requirements.
This 60-semester hour program fearures the following:
- Available completely online with an intership requirement
- No Georgia residency requirement
- Emphasis on mental health counseling skills and field experience
- Prepares graduates for status as Associate Professional Counselors
- With postgraduates for status and completion of the licensure exam, students can become licensed counselours in their respective states
- Accreditation by the Council of Rehabilitation Education
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR OUT-OF-STATE APPLICANTS: Every state government regulates whether universities located in other states can enroll students in online programs. This process is called “state authorization.” Some states do not allow their students to enroll students in online programs at outside universities at all; other states charge the outside universities high fees to enroll even one student from that state. For this reason, Thomas University may not be able to enroll students from outside Georgia in every online program we offer. We accept students from as many states as possible. Please contact Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.538.9784 ext 1114 to find out if your state is authorized for Thomas University.
The Community Counseling program offers students the opportunity to specialize in one of the following areas (in addition to their Community Counseling Mental Health focus):
- Addictions and Alcoholism Counseling
- Human Resources
- Rehabilitation Counseling
Addictions and Alcoholism Counseling - This specialization is designed to prepare rehabilitation counselors or community counselors to work with persons having alcohol and drug related problems. Students completing the coursework for a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling or Community Counseling, with a concentration in Addictions and Alcoholism Counseling will meet the academic requirements for Certified Clinical Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, which is an nationally recognized certification. They can apply for the Counselor in Training certification credential once they have completed their 60-hour program (Masters plus specialization). Program graduates will need to complete an additional 3000 contact hours (for a total of 4000 hours as required to take the CCAADC exam) and then pass the CCAADC exam to earn the CCAADC credential. Those completing the process successfully are eligible to receive the international reciprocal credential from IC&RC, the ICAADC (Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor).
- Students in this specialization complete their Practicum, Internship I, II, and III (for a total of 1000 contact hours) in a facility or facilities focused on alcohol and other drug addictions (AODA settings). The supervisor must be a licensed clinician or a certified alcohol or drug addiction counselor.
- Under this specialization students are required to take:
- Substance Abuse Counseling Methods
- ** Ethics related to Addictions and Alcoholism (this is a new course)
- **Internship III (6 hours) (this is a new course)
* Note: Crisis Counseling & Family Counseling must be taken within the Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling or Masters in Community Counseling program of study. These two courses are required for CCAADC credentialing.
**Students in other states are encouraged to investigate the requirements for substance abuse counselors in their individual states.
Human Resource Management – The Human Resource Management specialization is intended to prepare Master in Community Counseling and Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling graduates to qualify for administrative positions in human service agencies. Graduates will not only be able to function as counselors in agencies but they will be able to fill Human Resource (HR) roles as well. These students will earn a certificate in Human Resource Management.
Rehabilitation Counseling – This specialization prepares students to take the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination in their last semester of school. They will then be able to work in the field of vocational rehabilitation as case managers, vocational counselors, independent living coordinators, and vocational evaluators.
For more information contact TU Admissions or call 229-227-6925.
Division of Counseling and Psychology
Jim Patrick, Ph.D., CRC, CLCP Division Chair & Associate Professor
Lisa DeGiorgio, Ph.D., CRC Assistant Professor
Pauline Patrick, LCSW, CRC, CLCP Assistant Professor & Director of Disability Services
RCE/COU Adjunct Professors
Dalea Arnold, M.S., CRC Adjunct Professor
Roberta Brette, M.S., CRC Adjunct Professor
Jana Clenney, M.S., CRC Adjunct Professor
Andy Courson, M.S., CRC Adjunct Professor
Patricia Fedrick, M.S., CRC Adjunct Professor
Karen Ferrington, M.S., CRC Field Coordinator
Renee Giedl, M.S., CRC Adjunct Professor
Larrys Gregory, M.S., CRC Adjunct Professor
Vangie Hawkins, M.S., CRC Adjunct Professor
Jennifer Howell, M.S., CRC, LPC Adjunct Professor
Donna James, LCSW Adjunct Professor
Ed James, M.S., CRC Adjunct Professor
Cristina Jones, M.S., CRC Adjunct Professor
Doug Prutting, M.S., CRC Adjunct Professor
Bonnie Seery, M.S., CRC Adjunct Professor
Todd Van Wieren, Ph.D., CRC Adjunct Professor
Melanie Woolfolk, M.S., CRC Adjunct Professor
Terry Maul, M.S. Assistant Professor of Sociology
Steve Depaola, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Jodi Yambor, Ph.D. Full Professor
Psychology Adjunct Professors
Dede Avery, M.S. Adjunct Professor
Robin Braun, M.S Adjunct Professor
Zeke Beard, M.S. Adjunct Professor
Josh Fix, M.S. Adjunct Professor (Statistics)
Joseph Garmon, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor
Division of Counseling and Psychology
1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, GA 31792
Number of new students enrolled: Year 2012 – 2013 = 28
Total of students enrolled: Year 2012 – 2013 = 113
Number of graduates: Year 2012- 2013 = 31
Accreditation Status: Accredited by CORE
Cristina Jones, Ph.D., CRC, Assistant Professor
Rose Demarkos, MS, LPC, CRC, Adjunct Professor
Beatrice Foster, MRC, CRC, Adjunct Professor
Emily LaMoureux, MS, CRC, Adjunct Professor
Timothy Schmutte, Psy.D., Adjunct Professor
Stacia Schonbrun, Ph.D., CRC, Adjunct Professor
Matthew Sprong, ABD, Adjunct Professor
Henry Wong, Ph.D., CRC, Adjunct Professor
Melanie Wookfolk, MS, CRC, Adjunct Professor
Number of New Faculty: 9
Students in the Honors Society, Rho Chi Sigma: