Butler University’s Master of Science in School Counseling program recently ranked #8 of the “Top 25 Most Affordable, Accredited graduate Degree Programs in Counseling and Psychology in the Midwest 2014″

Badge-Best-Counseling-Degrees-300x265Butler University’s Master of Science in School Counseling program was recently ranked #8 of the “Top 25 Most Affordable, Accredited graduate Degree Programs in Counseling and Psychology in the Midwest 2014″  by www.bestcounselingdegrees.net. The College of Education is very proud of this distinction!

The Master of Science in School Counseling accepts 24 students to its CACREP accredited School Counseling Program annually. The 48 credit hour program is designed to be completed in three years but there is a fast track option, to reduce the length of the program by 1-2 semesters. As many as 10 students from each cohort may be accepted into the fast track option.

The program had to meet rigorous criteria to become accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).*

For more information on the Master of Science in School Counseling, please visit:  http://www.butler.edu/school-counseling/ 

* Source: http://www.bestcounselingdegrees.net/rankings/most--accredited-graduate-programs-psychology-counseling-in-the-midwest/

College of Education faculty represents Indiana at the First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative!

Front row (L-R) Amanda Culhan (IDOE), Melba Salmon (Guidance Director at John Marshall High School), Second row (L-R) Dr. Tom Keller (Butler University, Program Director for Graduate School Counseling), Susan Kleinman (Butler University, Coordinator for Licensed Mental Health Counselor Program), Dr. Brandie Oliver (Associate Professor, Butler University), Matt Fleck (CCR Consultant), Dr. Nick Abel (Associate Professor, Butler University), and Amy Marsh (Chamber of Commerce).

Front row (L-R) Amanda Culhan (IDOE), Melba Salmon (Guidance Director at John Marshall High School), Second row (L-R) Dr. Tom Keller (Butler University, Program Director for Graduate School Counseling), Susan Kleinman (Butler University, Coordinator for Licensed Mental Health Counselor Program), Dr. Brandie Oliver (Associate Professor, Butler University), Matt Fleck (CCR Consultant), Dr. Nick Abel (Associate Professor, Butler University), and Amy Marsh (Chamber of Commerce).

Several of our faculty from the College of Education Graduate School Counseling program were invited to be part of the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, which is focusing on college and career readiness.  This convening was a partnership between the White House’s College Opportunity Agenda and the Reach Higher Initiative.  Dr. Tom Keller and his Butler colleagues were honored to have been chosen to be part of the team that represented Indiana for the event.  The Reach Higher Initiative is a part of President Obama’s plan to improve the value of college, remove barriers to innovation and competition, and ensure student debt remains affordable for all students.  The First Lady continued this call to action by creating the Reach Higher Initiative, which strives to encourage every student to complete their high school education, be it through a professional training program, community college or four-year college/university.  This particular event concentrated on the impact of school counselors and how they can influence college enrollment.  The College of Education is really excited about the opportunity to help shape this national conversation!

If you’d like more information about the COE Graduate School Counseling program or the Reach Higher Initiative and Butler’s involvement, please feel free to contact Dr. Tom Keller, Program Director of the Graduate School Counseling Program.

New Workshop! Bullying Basics and Beyond: Tools to respond to the Antibullying Legislation (HEA 1423)

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Dr. Brandie Oliver, assistant professor in the School Counseling program, is offering a workshop this fall as a response to the new bullying legislation.  If you, your school, your teachers, or others are interested, please read more below and join us on November 18th for this valuable session!  We want to help you prepare your schools with appropriate responses and interventions!

Bullying Basics and Beyond: Tools to respond to the Antibullying Legislation (HEA 1423)

When: Monday, November 18 from 12:30-4:30pm

Where: Butler University, Pharmacy Building 150

What: This workshop will focus on expanding participants’ knowledge and skills related to bullying prevention and intervention.  We will focus on increasing the understanding of HEA 1423 and how your school can respond to this legislation.

You will gain tools and resources to implement in your school’s bullying prevention and intervention program. Discussion will include: advocacy, empowering students, bullying at school and home, strategies to build your program, and the importance of empathy.

Options for this workshop:

  1. Workshop only: $50 Registration Fee

Attend Monday, November 18th from 12:30-4:30 (earn 4 PGPs)

  1. Enroll for 1 graduate credit hour workshop: $50 Registration Fee and you will be billed separately for the tuition cost of $241.50.

**Please check graduate credit option on registration form.**

Attend Monday, November 18th from 12:30-4:30 and complete remaining 11 hours in an online format. Participants in the 1 credit hour workshop will be asked to read and review additional materials and develop components (i.e., lessons, training tools) that will fit in their school’s bullying prevention and intervention program.

To register:  https://www.formstack.com/forms/butler-teach_2013

For more information, contact Cindy Smith at clsmith@butler.edu.

Dr. Brandie Oliver Speaks to RTV6 About Bullying

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Dr. Brandie Oliver, assistant professor of School Counseling, spoke to RTV6 for a news story that was aired yesterday about signs a student may be the victim of bullying.  Dr. Oliver has spoken about bullying with several news organizations, conferences and workshops to address this growing issue in education.  Dr. Oliver co-facilitated a summer work group with Brian Dobias in response to the HEA 1423 Anti Bullying Legislation.  She is a leader in anti-bullying initiatives and research in the state and beyond.  We are so proud of the work of Dr. Oliver and hope you can learn something valuable from her piece with RTV6 as an educator, parent or community member.

You can see the video and read the accompanying article on RTV6’s webpage.

If you’d like to find out more about the work that Dr. Oliver and Mr. Dobias facilitated as part of the summer work group mentioned above, the IDOE website offers an array of resources for school counselors, teachers and educational communities here.

Butler Students Participate in TEDx Youth Indianapolis

Butler was so happy to participate by providing an ABT Action Lab at the first ever TEDx Youth Indianapolis conference which was held on January 26, 2013 at the Indiana State Museum.  Undergraduate students Shelbi Burnett, Amber Zimay and Zachary Baldwin and graduate counseling students Kristin Hendrich, Matt Stach and Maggie Power planned three action labs for students to participate in during breaks and lunch.  The action labs were based on the activities and ideas in Kathy Cramer’s books “Change the Way You See Everything”.

TEDx Youth Indianapolis was a unique conference with many great ideas presented by 6 adult and 8 student speakers.  The theme of the conference was “balance” and this was reflected in many talks and performances.  Butler had dancers who performed during the event as well.  We had a great time being involved with the International School of Indiana and TEDx at both TEDx Indianapolis events this year!  Check out some photos of the event below.