Wisconsin Adds MA in Counseling

Posted by Paula Paine on August 20, 2013 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, Arizona, Online, "School of Arts and Sciences", Wisconsin, "Your OU" The quality education that Kevin Jessup received in OU-Arizona’s Master of Arts in Counseling program is now available at Ottawa’s Wisconsin campus.

Like many in mid-life, Jessup began to see the bigger picture. His career in advertising and multimedia, though enjoyable, did not provide the opportunities he desired to make more important and meaningful contributions to the people around him. So in his early 40s, Jessup transitioned from a large corporation to a social model rehabilitation center, where he took his first steps in counseling by working with addicted youth. Jessup later conducted a multi-state search for a professional counseling program before landing at Ottawa University.

“To be honest, I learned that Ottawa was the best choice among multiple colleges in multiple states for the education I needed. I discovered that OU is leading the way in educating students to become professionals equipped with the skills to address the aspects of people’s lives most gravely affected through exposure to trauma. I came for an education, but I graduated as both a profoundly enhanced person and an extremely well-prepared professional counselor.”

Jessup earned both an MA in Counseling with a specialization in the Treatment of Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation and an MA in Human Resources with a specialization in Substance Abuse Counseling in 2010. As a result of his education, experience and clinical placements through OU, he was quickly hired by the Arizona Department of Health Services as a therapist in the State Hospital.

Ottawa University’s 60 semester-credit-hour Master of Arts in Counseling program is informed by national standards, mindful of best practices and open to current thinking. Students not only gain instruction in all areas of professional counseling, but they also take part in a practicum and/or internship designed to meet the educational requirements of the State of Arizona for licensure.

In Wisconsin, the Counseling program is offered online with partial residency. It is delivered through a combination of ground and online courses and offers field experiences completed in the students’ locale. The courses meet the requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Professional Counselor Section, for the Licensed Professional Counselor credential.

Students also have the option of adding five specializations to their degree to enhance their knowledge base: Christian Counseling; Expressive Arts Therapy; Gerocounseling; Substance Abuse Counseling; and Treatment of Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation.

For more information about the MA in Counseling in both Arizona and Wisconsin, click here.