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University of the Cumberlands Offers New Professional Counseling Program with Multiple Options

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. —University of the Cumberlands continually endeavors to meet the educational needs of the Appalachian region, and the new Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (MAPC) program was designed with that mission in mind. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has approved the program. Through the program, the university’s Department of Psychology seeks to develop clinically and technically competent, as well as ethically responsible, mental health counselors to serve communities in a variety of clinical settings, including private practice, mental health centers and hospitals.

Since the announcement of the program’s availability, the Department of Psychology has received numerous requests and enquiries, and in response, modifications have been made to make the program more reflective of the needs of prospective students.

Instead of a single program track, now two options are currently being offered. One, a two-year program, is designed for students with a baccalaureate degree who seek to become Licensed Professional Counselors; the second is an advanced-standing track for licensed professionals who seek to add the Professional Counselor license to their resume.

The program now offers a blended curriculum of on-campus and evening classes, allowing students to take up to 24 of the total 60 hours online. Each eight-week, on-campus class meets one evening per week for four hours. Students in the entry level track can take a year of classes online and a year of on-campus classes.

Dr. Dennis Trickett, chair of the Department of Psychology and director of the MAPC program, has said, “We are pleased with the modifications to our Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program. This will help fulfill UC’s mission to serve the needs of Appalachia by better preparing individuals to provide counseling services in Williamsburg and surrounding communities.”

Applications are being accepted, and classes will begin August 31, 2009.

For a full program description, interested candidates can visit the University of the Cumberlands website at or call Graduate Admissions at 606-539-4390.