Counseling and Human Services
Welcome to the Department of Counseling and Human Services!
The Department of Counseling and Human Services of East Tennessee State University prepares culturally responsive, competent, ethical, self-reflective, and caring counseling and human services professionals committed to improving the human condition and affirm the unique intersectional identities of the individuals they serve through supportive wellness, counseling, advocacy, leadership, and educational services. In addition, we seek improvement in accessibility, accountability, and coordination of services for all. Each of our degree and service programs provides students with the skills, knowledge, and awareness to succeed in their chosen field.
The Department of Counseling and Human Services, and the program within, do not condone or engage in discrimination based on age, color, culture, disability, ethnic group, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual/affectional identity, marital status, veteran status, or socioeconomic status. See our Mission, Purpose, and Goals statements.
Specific opportunities and curricular/extracurricular requirements are listed under the respective programs. Each of our programs incorporates clinical or service opportunities, such as practicums, internships, or other field placements congruent with program standards and the professional goals of students.
This is an exciting time for us. We continue to have new initiatives as well as review current offerings to assure we are offering quality programs and services to our students, the Clemmer College, ETSU, and our community. Our continued educational goals include a trauma-informed and anti-racist approach to education for counseling, human services, and leadership professions. We hope you find what you are looking for on our site. Please contact us for more information!
The undergraduate program in Human Services leads to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and is designed to provide a human, social, and behavioral science background for persons to work in a variety of settings for a broad range of organizations dedicated to helping others transition through their developmental and contextual issues and processes.
We offer three minors that are complementary to a variety of majors: Human Development and Learning, Family Studies, and Trauma and Resilience The HDAL minor is designed to provide students with a solid knowledge base in human development through the life span. The Family Studies minor offers students a theoretical and practical understanding of the family as a social institution and a vital social system.
The M.S. degree in Human Services enhances the capability of human service professionals to implement key services competently while addressing a variety of client needs throughout their life stages. Graduate preparation maximizes the academic and professional growth of students seeking additional qualifications to advance in their careers.
The Counseling Program prepares highly skilled practitioners to work in a wide range of professional settings. Our Master's of Arts degree in Counseling has two CACREP accredited concentrations:
Ed.S. in Counselor Leadership
We offer the Ed. S. in Counselor Leadership concentration of the Educational Leadership major in collaboration with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The program is a unique 31 credit hour, post-masters degree program that leads to an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Counselor Leadership.
The Graduate Certificate in Community Leadership provides key leadership skills and credentials for those working in any field including
government, civic, healthcare, nonprofit, education, financial,
small business. The certificate is especially
designed for those who are in or seeking to become a director, team leader, or community organizer.
The Graduate Certificate in Nature-based Therapy critically examines a wide array of nature-based therapeutic contexts and perspectives. In addition, the certificate develops skills relevant to individual and community healing, development, and wellness, including practical skills for programming logistics, implementation, administration, and risk management. Additional topics covered throughout the certificate include ecopsychology, ecotherapy, Leave No Trace (LNT) philosophy, land stewardship practices, common US nature-based program models, multicultural perspectives in nature-based therapeutics, and outdoor behavioral healthcare.
Site Supervisor Spotlight - Gordon Brewer
During the Spring 2022 semester, we are shining a spotlight on one of the site supervisors who partners with the ETSU Counseling Program – Gordon Brewer. Gordon is the owner of Kingsport Counseling Associates, PLLC. At Kingsport Counseling Associates, five licensed providers, including Gordon, offer individual, couples, and family counseling. Gordon is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been providing counseling services for 20 years. Gordon offers field experience opportunities to counseling graduate students in addition to the clinical services he provides.
Andrea McCloud, a graduate student in the ETSU Counseling Program, is currently accruing field hours at Kingsport Counseling Associates under Gordon’s supervision. When Andrea recommended Gordon for this recognition, she stated:
“Gordon has been an absolute blessing to work with at Kingsport Counseling Associates. He has provided exemplary supervision during my time at his practice. He allows me to bring my questions regarding clients into our supervision hour and has helped me work through next steps on how to proceed with best supporting the needs of my clients. He continually provides guidance and insight, challenging me to explore content from sessions with another lens and gain a deeper perspective regarding my work. Gordon has also been intentional with allowing me to sit in with him during couples work, an area I do not feel confident in tackling independently but am very interested in learning more about. Gordon has also rearranged the staff meeting schedule at Kingsport Counseling Associates so that I am able to collaborate with all the counselors in the practice. He goes above and beyond in creating opportunities for me to learn as well as feel that I am a part of the team. He celebrates my growth and challenges me to continually develop my skill set. He is an ideal mentor, excellent counselor, and a true blessing to both myself and this field.”
Thank you, Gordon, for partnering with the ETSU Counseling Program as a site supervisor. We are grateful for the services you and your team provide the community and your willingness to host counseling graduate students during practicum and internship.
Site Spotlight - Dobyns-Bennett High School
During the Spring 2022 semester, we are shining a spotlight on one of the field sites where counseling graduate students complete hours for practicum and internship – Dobyns-Bennett High School located in Kingsport. The D-B Counseling Office partners with the ETSU Counseling Program to provide field experience opportunities to students preparing to become school counselors.
Chelsa Flanary, a graduate student in the ETSU Counseling Program, accrued field hours at DBHS during the Fall 2021 semester. When Chelsa recommended DBHS for this recognition, she stated:
“This site was the absolute perfect place to experience my first internship. This site creates a wide network of support, including six counselors, the graduation coach, the registrar, the counseling office assistant, and the student support advocate. Because there are six licensed school counselors, there is an incredible opportunity to receive supervision at Dobyns-Bennett. Each counselor in the building is so caring, involved, and willing to engage with interns. They are vulnerable with their stories, patient teachers, and incredibly personable. To be an intern at Dobyns-Bennett is to step into a family, and the interns are welcomed with such open arms. Receiving so much individualized supervision – and from such varied experiences and perspectives – has greatly shaped the kind of professional I will be. No question was too much for them, and each person was willing to pause their incredibly busy day to share some wisdom with me. I know that every school counseling student cannot be placed at DBHS for internship, but I so genuinely wish that they could be. The team is down to earth, they empathize with being nervous during the learning process, and they are overflowing with care and generosity. Honestly, I miss them all the time, these people changed my life personally and professionally.”
To the members of the D-B Counseling Office, thank you for partnering with the ETSU Counseling Program as a field site for school counseling students. We are grateful for the services your team provides at DBHS and for your willingness to host school counseling students during practicum and internship.