University of Maryland University College “UMUC”-Europe and UMUC-Asia proudly began offering Bowie State University’s graduate counseling programs in August 2003. The BSU counseling program administered by UMUC-Europe has approximately 300 full-time students with seven full-time and 15 adjunct faculty. Headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, the counseling program’s “campus” is wherever American troops are stationed in Europe, and the Middle East. Classes are held in such places as Sigonella, Sicily; Stuttgart, Germany;and, Harrogate, England. Our overseas student body is comprised of Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy personnel as well as their family members and contractors who support them. Students whose studies have been interrupted by the war also take classes online from places like Iraq and Kuwait.
Graduates with an MA in counseling psychology or the MEd in School Counseling have found employment with mental health treatment centers and hospitals, high schools, universities, and military educational centers, as well as other public, private, and non-profit agencies, and educational and social service concerns. Erin Clark, class of 2003, states: “Upon graduation I was promptly hired by an international EAP company (WarrenShepell Consultants Corp.) as a bilingual clinical counselor handling crisis situations.” With the international growth of the profession, the future of counseling looks promising, and we expect our graduates to be hired as professionals all around the globe.
A typical graduate student of the UMUC-Europe/Bowie State counseling program is Yvonne M., an Air Force sergeant at Ramstein Air Force Base near Kaiserslautern. Yvonne’s tour of duty in Europe is expected to last three years. During her first year in Germany, she took half of the required 48 semester hours for the MA in counseling psychology. Now in her second year of graduate work, Yvonne is completing a 300-hour practicum and preparing for a 400-hour internship at the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Hospital, where her clients are servicemen and women who have returned from Iraq. She states, “This has been a wonderful opportunity for me to learn mental health counseling. We deal with some very challenging diagnoses here at Landstuhl, and this will stand me in good stead as I enter a career in mental health back in the States. I feel very fortunate to be part of such a graduate program.”
NOTE: The UMUC/Bowie State University Europe program is stll active; however, the UMUC/BSU Asia program closed in July 2010.