The AUM College of Education recognizes that the development of a competent, committed, and reflective educator means the development of a Professional Educator.

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Counselor Education

Mission Philosophy Objectives for AUM Counseling


Counselor Education Faculty

Dr. Paul F. Hard, Associate Professor, Core Faculty
Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Alabama
M.A. Community Counseling, University of Alabama
MA Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
MDiv Christian Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Hard’s concentrations are in clinical mental health and marriage & family counseling. He has over 13 years of agency counseling and private practice.

He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and a LPC Supervisor.  He sponsors the Alpha Upsilon MU Chi Sigma Iota chapter at Auburn Montgomery. His research interests have been in the areas of counselor/professional impairment and wellness, complicated grieving in pre- and post-natal loss, professional credentialing and advocacy, sexual minority issues in counseling, and ministerial termination.  He holds multiple awards from the Alabama Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association with whom he has held several high offices. 


Dr. Carrie Hemmings
, Assistant Professor, Core Faculty

Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Auburn University
M.Ed. Community Counseling, Auburn University at Montgomery
M.A. English, University of North Carolina Charlotte 

Dr.  Hemmings has served on the Executive Council of the Alabama Counseling Association, the Executive Committee of the Alabama Association of Specialists in Group Work, and the Executive Committee of the Alabama Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Research in Education, has served on the Branches Committee of the national Association for Specialists in Group Work, and has presented at numerous national and state counseling conferences. She co-sponsors the Alpha Upsilon MU Chi Sigma Iota chapter at Auburn Montgomery and is active in sponsoring workshops and involving students in presentations and leadership in professional organizations.  Her research interests include trauma, group work, and multicultural competency and development among students and professionals. 


Dr. Eric Darch, Assistant Professor, Core Faculty
Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Auburn University
M.Ed. School Counseling, Auburn University
B.A. Foreign Language (Spanish), Auburn University

Dr. Darch has over 20 years of Title 1 public school experience serving as a teacher and school counselor within all grades PK-12. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Nationally Certified School Counselor (NCSC).

His professional interests include: the role of the school counselor, children and adolescents, translating research to practice in the school setting, behavior management, and multicultural and linguistically diverse students.  He has several publications and has presented on these topics.


Counselor Education Curriculum

Counseling courses use a blend of technology and media to support candidates in a variety of learning environments.  All Counselor Education programs prepare counselors to provide specially designed interventions for their clients and to work with diverse populations. An internship is required at the Master’s level. AUM currently offers specialty counseling tracks in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling.

Counseling Student Handbook Counseling Clinical Experiences Handbook

School Counseling
Traditional Masters Plan of Study
Education Specialist Plan of Study

Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Traditional Masters Plan of Study
Education Specialist Plan of Study

Career Paths

Private Practice Counseling
School Counseling
Play Therapy
Adult Development and Aging/Gerontology
Assessment


In order to evaluate and improve the counseling program of study, current and former students are surveyed during the Spring Semester each year. Students are asked to complete the Counselor Education Survey, and evaluate their training, professional development and involvement opportunities, and faculty-student mentoring. Current and former students are also asked for suggestions about improving the program. Finally, they list their employment, professional certifications and licensure, current professional membership and service and honors.  Informal student input is also solicited from students periodically as needed. Comprehensive Program Plan for the AUM Counselor Education Program
The Counseling Program at AUM engages in an array of data gathering activities to improve its program.  The Comprehensive Assessment Plan for the Counselor Education Program at Auburn University at Montgomery addresses both the continuous systematic program evaluation processes as well as the assessment of student learning outcomes processes.  The assessment plan is detailed at both the curricular experiences and overall program level in relation to assessing direct evidence of student learning.  To view the plan, click the link above. The Comprehensive Program Evaluation is displayed by year (click links below) on the Counselor Education webpage and gives the actual findings for this plan every year.   The Comprehensive Program Evaluation displays all findings, surveys, & data as well as program modifications and any other substantial program changes based on program review of the data.

2017 Counseling Program Evaluation Annual Report

2016 Counseling Program Evaluation Annual Report

2015 Counseling Program Evaluation Annual Report

2014 Counseling Program Evaluation & Graduate Information

2013 Counseling Program Evaluation Annual Report


Older Survey Data
2012 survey
2011 survey
2010 surveys