Welcome to the Department of Human Studies
Our department is housed within the School of Education. We offer degrees at all academic levels across a range of program areas. We are committed to helping you explore the one that best fits your career goals.

Kristi Menear 400x550pxDepartment Chair,
Kristi Menear, Ph.D.
Degree Programs
The Department of Human Studies offers degrees in the following program areas: Counselor Education (including concentrations in school counseling and in clinical mental health), Educational Leadership, Health Education (including concentrations in community health and in human services), and Kinesiology (formerly Physical Education) (including concentrations in physical education teacher certification, in fitness leadership, and in exercise science/physiology).

Programs that serve the School of Education
The Department also serves the School of Education by offering classes in Educational Psychology and Research and Educational Foundations.

I invite you to view the web page of your interest and learn more about our curriculum and other requirements, outstanding faculty, student organizations, professional resources, and inspiring success stories. Please feel free to reach out to the faculty in your program of interest or to me if you have any questions about our programs. We are available to communicate with you over email, on the telephone, or in person. We value your relationship to us and view it as critical to our success.

Thank you for visiting our Department. We look forward to engaging with you to discuss our curriculum, research, or service. And, we hope to soon call you a Blazer!

Kristi S. Menear, Ph.D., CAPE
Email:  kmenear@uab.edu
Ph:  205-975-7409
Office location:  EB 207

 
 
 

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UAB School of Education General Outcomes for all Counselor Education Programs

OUTCOME C2: The UAB counselor candidate models and demonstrates fairness, equity, and sensitivity to a diverse society.

 C2.K Knowledge and Understanding: Knows and understands the cultural context of relationships, issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society; attitudes, beliefs, understandings and acculturative experiences, including specific experiential learning activities; individual, couple, family, and community strategies for working with diverse populations and ethnic groups; counselors’ roles in social justice, advocacy and conflict resolution, cultural self-awareness, the nature of biases, prejudices, processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination, and other culturally supported behaviors that are detrimental to the growth of the human spirit, mind, or body; Theories of multicultural counseling, theories of identity development, and multicultural competencies; and ethical and legal considerations.

Levels of Achievement

 Criteria

[1]
Unacceptable

Does not demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theories, issues, and challenges associated with relationships between counselors and clients who are culturally diverse.

[2]
Emerging Initial Performance

Demonstrates some knowledge and understanding of the theories, issues, and challenges associated with relationships between counselors and clients who are culturally diverse.

[3]
Proficient Initial Performance

 Demonstrates adequate knowledge and understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society; attitudes, beliefs, understandings and acculturative experiences, including specific experiential learning activities; individual, couple, family, and community strategies for working with diverse populations and ethnic groups; counselors’ roles in social justice, advocacy and conflict resolution, cultural self-awareness, the nature of biases, prejudices, processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination, and other culturally supported behaviors that are detrimental to the growth of the human spirit, mind, or body; Theories of multicultural counseling, theories of identity development, and multicultural competencies; and ethical and legal considerations.

[4]
Emerging Advanced Performance

 Demonstrates exemplary knowledge and understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society; attitudes, beliefs, understandings and acculturative experiences, including specific experiential learning activities; individual, couple, family, and community strategies for working with diverse populations and ethnic groups; counselors’ roles in social justice, advocacy and conflict resolution, cultural self-awareness, the nature of biases, prejudices, processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination, and other culturally supported behaviors that are detrimental to the growth of the human spirit, mind, or body; Theories of multicultural counseling, theories of identity development, and multicultural competencies; and ethical and legal considerations
 

 OUTCOME C2: The UAB counselor candidate models and demonstrates fairness, equity, and sensitivity to a diverse society.

C2.P Performance and Skills: Applies theories of multicultural counseling and multicultural competencies. Conceptualizes and implements culturally-appropriate counseling strategies as it relates to working with diverse individuals

Levels of Achievement

 Criteria

[1]
Unacceptable

 Unable to demonstrate the use of Multicultural counseling theories or competencies; is not familiar with the personal, environmental, and sociopolitical context of clients who are culturally different; does not have a level of cultural self-awareness; does not understand and appreciate the culture of clients who are culturally different; does not identify significant societal issues that influence the success or failure of counseling interventions and relationships; does not identify and develop skills, competencies, and strategies to enhance face-to-face contact with culturally diverse clients.

[2]
Emerging Initial Performance

 Able to demonstrate the use of multicultural counseling theories and competencies some of the time in terms of becoming familiar with the personal, environmental, and sociopolitical context of clients who are culturally different; cultural self-awareness; understand and appreciate the culture of clients who are culturally different; identify significant societal issues that influence the success or failure of counseling interventions and relationships; and identification and development of skills, competencies, and strategies to enhance face-to-face contact with culturally diverse clients.

[3]
Proficient Initial Performance

 Able to demonstrate use of multicultural counseling theories and competencies most of the time in terms of becoming familiar with the personal, environmental, and sociopolitical context of clients who are culturally different; cultural self-awareness; understand and appreciate the culture of clients who are culturally different; identify significant societal issues that influence the success or failure of counseling interventions and relationships; and identification and development of skills, competencies, and strategies to enhance face-to-face contact with culturally diverse clients. Individual is demonstrating skills at a proficiency level.

[4]
Emerging Advanced Performance

 Consistently demonstrates the use of multicultural counseling theories and competencies most of the time in terms of becoming familiar with the personal, environmental, and sociopolitical context of clients who are culturally different; cultural self-awareness; understand and appreciate the culture of clients who are culturally different; identify significant societal issues that influence the success or failure of counseling interventions and relationships; and identification and development of skills, competencies, and strategies to enhance face-to-face contact with culturally diverse clients.