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Welcome to the Graduate Studies in Counseling program and this lively community of scholar practitioners. The faculty and staff at Rollins are committed to helping you make this a positive educational and personal growth experience and wish you well as you prepare for what we hope will be a successful and satisfying career as a professional counselor.

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Scholarships and Assistantships

Counseling Department Scholarships

First-year students are invited to apply for departmental scholarships. Second-year students may apply for a scholarship renewal on a funds-available basis. Awards are based on academic achievement, academic promise, financial circumstances, and attempts to maintain a diverse student body. Amounts will be determined based on funds available each academic year, but typically cover the cost of one course ($1,818). Only students who have been fully admitted may apply for a tuition scholarship.

Application deadline: July 1

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Ian Klair Book Award

A group of alumni have established a fund to offer funding for books for graduate in counseling students. This memorial award was named in honor of Ian Klair, a student in the Rollins College Mental Health Counseling program who died on May 26, 1998 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Ian believed strongly in the value of higher education and thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Rollins Graduate Counseling Program. Out of the desire to honor the memory of Ian and advance the ideals he so strongly believed in, this annual award was established.

Applications are solicited through announcements to the student body each Fall and award amounts vary.

Graduate Assistantships

Campus-wide graduate assistant positions are posted regularly at the Rollins Jobs site.

The Graduate Counseling Program offers several graduate assistantships open to upper-level graduate counseling students (usually second year in the program). Applications from first-year students may be accepted if the positions cannot be filled by upper-level students. Positions include:

MAC Department – Cornell Counseling Clinic: The GA provides coordination and logistical supervision of the Cornell Counseling Clinic, assisting Practicum instructors in the assignment of clients, scheduling of rooms, and records maintenance. A secondary focus is providing support to other departmental projects.

MAC Department – Assistant to the Department Faculty: The GA assists faculty with special projects such as research, professional service projects, course-related projects, and clerical needs of the department. This position is reserved for an incoming first year student who is planning to attend full time. The selection process will take place over the summer.

Disability Services Office Organizational Consultant and Note-taking Assistant: The GA in this position will be primarily serving the Disability Services Office and will be a liaison for the Holt School Student Assist Program.

Office of Career and Life Planning: The GA is responsible for assisting the staff in the delivery of a broad range of career related services, programs and resources for approximately 1,700 undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement: The Center for Inclusion & Campus Involvement strives to uphold the Rollins College and Division of Student Affairs mission of educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, empowering graduates to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers. The Graduate Assistant works with the professional staff to create an inclusive and welcoming campus climate.

Compensation typically consists of tuition fees for the Fall and Spring terms for a maximum of six courses over two terms. Please note that students who have other employment, receive tuition remission, or are on internship are not able to fulfill the requirements of these positions. This compensation will be taxed as income.

Positions will be posted in March or April.

Financial Aid

For more information about how to apply for financial aid, including loan funding, please visit the Office of Financial Aid’s website.

Professional Associations

Professional Credentialing

National Board for Certified Counselors
Because Rollins’ graduate program is CACREP-accredited, students have the benefit of being eligible to take the NCE upon graduation. This enables graduates to immediately receive the credential as a National Certified Counselors (NCC). Information about taking the exam and about this certification can be found at www.nbcc.org.

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
This Florida Board was legislatively established to ensure that every clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, and mental health counselor practicing in this state meet minimum requirements for safe practice. The Board, commonly referred to as the “491 Board" is responsible for licensing, monitoring, disciplining and educating clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and mental health counselors to assure competency and safety to practice in Florida.  http://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
CACREP accredits master’s and doctoral degree programs in counseling and its specialties that are offered by colleges and universities in the United States and throughout the world. CACREP accreditation enhances a program’s reputation, stimulates self-review and self- directed improvement, and demonstrates a graduate program's commitment to meeting the highest academic standards. The Rollins program was the first in the State of Florida to receive CACREP accreditation (1994), and has successfully renewed accredited status ever since. The program was last accredited in 2007 by CACREP as a Mental Health Counseling program.
http://www.cacrep.org/


Local Associations

Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida* (MHCCF)
Meets the third Friday of each month at 9 a.m. at All Saints Church, 338 E Lyman Ave, Winter Park, FL. There are opportunities for networking and learning from short programs.
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Central Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CFAMFT)
Meets the first Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1600 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park. Networking and one hour topic programs. Membership and attendance is required for students enrolled in the Certificate Program in Family and Relationship Therapy.
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State-Level Professional Associations

Florida Counseling Association (FCA)
The Florida Counseling Association is a division of the American Counseling Association. Their student membership dues are $15 and they hold an annual state conference.
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Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA)
Among the purposes of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association are to promote the profession of mental health counseling; provide a system for the exchange of professional information among mental health counselors through newsletters, journals or other scientific, educational and /or professional materials; and provide professional development programs for mental health counselors to update and enhance clinical competencies.
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Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (FAMFT)
FAMFT is a strong state chapter of the national association listed below. They hold an annual state conference and regional professional development workshops.
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National-Level Professional Associations

American Counseling Association (ACA)
All students are encouraged to join at the student rate. Membership brings several important publications, reduced rates at national conferences, and other important professional benefits. ACA has many divisions (see list above). Each division can be joined in addition to ACA, and each has its own journal.
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American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
AAMFT's purpose is to promote and advance the common professional interests of Marriage and Family Therapists. Members believe that relationships are foundational to the health and well-being of individuals, all forms of the family, and communities.
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American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA)
AMCHA specifically addresses the issues pertinent to the profession of mental health counseling through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development. AMHCA is the only organization working exclusively for the mental health counseling profession.
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Graduate Studies in Counseling
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue – 2726
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2708
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