Fact Sheet on the Department of Counseling


The Department of Counseling was created in 1958, awarded its first degrees in 1960, and became the first counseling program in the United States to be nationally accredited. Currently, all the Department's programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling major commenced in the Fall of 2000 and received CACREP accreditation in the Spring of 2002. A Masters of Counseling Evening School Program was offered from 1991-2011 in three-year cohorts on the ISU-Pocatello campus. In addition to its masters' degree programs, the Department offers a nationally recognized Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Counseling.


Students enrolled in the Department of Counseling are assessed a $495 professional fee per semester. This money is used to fund adjunct faculty, materials and supplies, equipment associated with classrooms, lab, and clinic rooms, departmental equipment such as computers and software, and support for faculty and student research including the dissemination of research findings.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): Counselor Education and Counseling
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.): Counseling
Master of Counseling (M.Coun.): Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Affairs Counseling


Admission into the counseling program is competitive. A preset number of students will be admitted according to faculty resources. All applicants admitted into the counseling program will meet a common set of minimal admissions standards. These standards include:

GPA (last 60 crs) 3.0 - 4.0 - 40th Percentile on at least one area of the GRE or 40th Percentile on the MAT.

GPA (last 60 crs) 2.5 - 2.999 - Combined Verbal and Quantitative (V+Q) score of 300 on GRE or 45th Percentile on the MAT.

GPA (last 60 crs) below 2.499 - No admission

In order to be admitted, applicants are required to complete the interview process with the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee. Generally preference for interviews is given to prospective students who meet all of the requirements. Usually these interviews will be in person, but students may request other accommodations under extraordinary circumstances. The Admissions Committee will make the final decisions regarding admission. This decision will be based on grade point and test score rankings as well as the committee's impression of the applicant's interpersonal style and compatibility of personality with the program's training philosophy and written statement.


Idaho State University - Meridian Health Sciences Center

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling: The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling (established Fall 2008) program prepares graduates to serve as faculty members in counselor education programs, doctoral level counselors, counselor supervisors in various settings, leaders in higher education and counseling organizations, and scholars.

A minimum of three years full-time study are required for this program. Doctoral students contribute in all aspects of the Master of Counseling program, including teaching, supervising master's students in the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, mentoring, and assessing master's students.

Master of Counseling: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling major leading to the Master of Counseling (M.Coun.) degree is offered at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. Established in 1980, students were admitted every three years in three-year cohorts from 1980-2003. Currently, a new cohort of approximately 10-12 students is admitted each Fall semester. This program requires six semesters of course work as well as summer session classes. Counseling faculty members go to Meridian to offer some of the classes and support services. Advising and selected classes are also provided by resident faculty members, Dr. Judith Crews (208 373-1717) and Dr. Liz Horn (208 373-1718).

ISU-Meridian Counseling Clinic (established January, 2005)

The ISU-Meridian Counseling Clinic offers individual, couple, and family counseling. Counseling is provided by graduate students who are second or third year counseling interns under the supervision of licensed counselors/faculty members. Call 208 373-1719 for an appointment or to request additional information.

Pocatello Counseling Clinic on the ISU Pocatello Campus

The Department of Counseling Pocatello Counseling Clinic (established 1972) offers individual, couple, and family counseling. Counseling is provided by graduate students who are second or third year counseling interns under the supervision of licensed counselors/faculty members. Call 208 240-1609 for an appointment or to request additional information.

The family education program is embedded in a preventative philosophy of providing services to families before serious mental health problems develop in any family member.

The couple and family counseling services are typically utilized by couples and families who are experiencing various forms of relational difficulties. These services are provided on a semester basis and last an average of 11 weeks. The counseling services at the Pocatello Counseling Clinic are provided by advanced level Master of Counseling students from the Department of Counseling, supervised by doctoral level counseling students whose work is overseen by the Center's faculty director, Dr. Jane C. Coe Smith. Supervision is provided mainly through a process known as live supervision. Here a doctoral level supervisor, and master's level students, observe the provision of counseling services from behind a two-way mirror. Supervisory feedback can then be given during a counseling session and immediately afterward. Historically, advanced level Master of Counseling students have expressed that this context provides them with the most unique learning opportunity for their skill development.


Chair and Professor David M. Kleist, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Judith Crews, Ph.D.
Elizabeth "Liz" Horn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Randy Astramovich, Ph.D.
Christian Chan, Ph.D.
Steven Moody, Ph.D.
Leslie Stewart, Ph.D.
Chad Yates, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor Kristen Lister, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor Jim Schmidt, Ed.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor Rick Tivis, M.P.H.
Affiliate Faculty Lynn Bohecker, Ph.D.
Instructor Lance Erickson, M.Coun.
Melissa Millican, M.A.
Julie Thompson, M.Coun.
Professor Emeritus Virginia B. Allen, Ed.D.
Thomas E. Edgar, Ed.D.
Stephen S. Feit, Ed.D.
Arthur P. Lloyd, Ph.D.
Last Modified: 08/03/17