The Graduate and Professional Studies Counseling Program at Waynesburg University was recently awarded a one-year grant totaling $25,000 from Staunton Farm Foundation. Staunton Farm Foundation believes in investing in a future where behavioral health is understood, supported and accepted.
Grant funding will provide scholarships to five eligible students while supporting continuous quality improvement of the Certificate in Clinical Supervision at Waynesburg. This program is a 12-credit, non-degree, post-baccalaureate certificate available 100% asynchronous online and can be successfully completed in as little as two semesters. The certificate consists of three core clinical supervision courses, with a fourth course dedicated to advanced methods of clinical supervision.
Clinical supervision is a required component of the counseling profession, yet the vast majority of state licensing boards do not require a doctoral degree to function in the capacity of a supervisor, and master’s level counseling curriculum does not prepare counselors to become supervisors.”
Waynesburg University will offer scholarships to five eligible students enrolled in the non-degree Certificate in Clinical Supervision, which will begin Monday, August 28, 2023. Eligible students will receive a 50% scholarship to cover the cost of the four supervision courses and the University will match the 50% scholarship. As such, non-degree Certificate in Clinical Supervision students will be able to complete the four supervision courses, or the 12 credits, at 100% cost savings.
The Certificate in Clinical Supervision aims to enhance the professional identity and competence of clinical supervisors in the behavioral health workforce by offering an advanced educational training program.
“Clinical supervision is a required component of the counseling profession, yet the vast majority of state licensing boards do not require a doctoral degree to function in the capacity of a supervisor, and master’s level counseling curriculum does not prepare counselors to become supervisors,” explained Dr. Kelley McNichols, assistant director of the Graduate Counseling Programs and assistant professor of counseling. “There are limited education and training opportunities that specifically address the core competencies of clinical supervision. In fact, many clinical supervisors are deemed a good ’fit’ for the position of supervisor because they were good counselors first and/or have tenure in a profession that suffers from high turnover rates.”
Waynesburg University is committed to addressing the unmet needs of the behavioral health workforce and recognizes the necessity for properly trained, competent and effective clinical supervisors.
Interested individuals can learn more about the program, scholarship opportunities and the application process at waynesburg.edu/clinical-supervision.
The Certificate in Clinical Supervision fulfills the mission of Waynesburg University to educate students to make connections between faith, learning and serving so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world. As a Christian comprehensive University, we strive to inspire and challenge every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.
Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
For more information, please contact Dr. McNichols at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Staunton Farm Foundation
The Staunton Farm Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of people who live with mental illness and substance use disorders. The Foundation works to enhance behavioral health treatment, support, and recovery through grant making to nonprofit organizations in 10 southwestern Pennsylvania counties (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland).
About Waynesburg University
Consistently ranked a best value school, Waynesburg University’s Strategy for the 21st Century affirms its commitment to developing an entrepreneurial mindset and ethical leadership skills for all students. Rooted in its mission of faith, learning and service, the private, Christian university is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with an additional site for graduate and professional programs in Southpointe.