Friday, January 31, 2014

Visiting Day: M.A. with a concentration in Counseling Psychology

Masters in Counseling Psychology
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Brattleboro, VT and Cincinnati, OH
Union’s New England and Cincinnati academic centers will both host visiting day for the M.A. with a concentration in Counseling Psychology program on Saturday, February 15, 2014. In Cincinnati the event will take place 9:30am-11:30am at Union Institute & University’s Cincinnati Academic Center, 440 E. McMillan Street in Walnut Hills. Visiting Day in Brattleboro, Vermont will be held 12:00pm-2:00pm at the university’s New England Academic Center, 28 Vernon Street (2nd Floor), Brattleboro, VT 05301.

Visiting day offers prospective graduate students the opportunity to attend faculty presentations and classes, and join current students for their winter residency weekend. The afternoon will include an overview of the counseling psychology program, information about sitting for the National Counseling Exam while in the program, and the new embedded Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling. Admissions staff will also be available to answer questions about the application process.

“Union Institute & University is committed to offering a flexible and rigorous graduate psychology degree program for adults who are juggling many responsibilities. We are open to candidates who have an academic or professional background in mental health, as well as candidates who are thinking about a career change,” said Lauren Wenstrup, enrollment counselor for graduate psychology programs. “The M.A. program allows students the flexibility of online learning along with the camaraderie and support of face-to-face meetings each term with faculty and fellow students.”

The M.A. with a Concentration in Counseling Psychology curriculum fulfills state counseling licensure requirements and includes 60 credit hours and an internship. Students may enroll in the program on a full-time or part-time basis. Residency weekends occur three times per year.

For more information or to register contact

New England Academic Center:
Hanna Thurber: | 802-254-0152 x8905
New England Academic Center
28 Vernon Street, Suite 210 | Brattleboro, Vermont 05301-3669

Cincinnati Academic Center:
Lauren Wenstrup: | 513-487-1269
Cincinnati Academic Center
440 East McMillan Street | Cincinnati, Ohio 45206-1925

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Scholarship for U.S. Military, Spouses, and Dependents

Scholarship offsets tuition costs to honor those who have served our country, including U.S. Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, Spouses, and Dependents

As part of its ongoing mission to engage, enlighten, and empower adults who seek educational programs that will prepare them for a lifetime of learning and service, Union Institute & University (UI&U), a not-for-profit and regionally accredited university, today announced a scholarship for U.S. Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserves using their military benefits and Tuition Assistance (TA) to help offset the costs of a college education. The scholarship makes a college degree more attainable to those who are serving our country.

Since April 2012, Union Institute & University has provided scholarships to meet the Military Friendly role of $250/credit hour for active duty personnel in Union Institute & University undergraduate programs.* The lower tuition allows for U.S. Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve to have their Tuition Assistance benefits fully cover their tuition costs. In addition, eligible spouses and dependents of U.S. Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserves will pay $350 per credit hour under the new scholarship.

Union Institute & University President Roger H. Sublett, says the decision to lower the tuition was made to serve U.S. service personnel. “Since 1964, Union Institute & University has provided quality education for adults through flexible and relevant programs. This scholarship helps those who serve in the military earn their education with as little out of pocket cost to them as possible. We are pleased to provide the scholarship in honor of the time and effort our troops have already paid in service to their country.”

Union Institute & University has increased its focus to serve the military by hiring two full-time positions to recruit Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve, as well as veterans.

Former U.S. Navy corpsman Vanessa Reinosa, Union’s military enrollment counselor, is working to make sure that once military personnel enroll in one of Union’s many programs, they get the benefits they deserve. “I love helping service members and veterans obtain their degrees and make use of their benefits,” Reinosa said. “We are proud of our excellent customer service to our veterans. We go above and beyond.”  She had the opposite experience when she continued her own education as a veteran. Essentially, Reinosa was told she was on her own when it came to dealing with her benefits. “I was not helped very much, which is one reason I strive to do as much as I can for the service members and veterans who are interested in Union Institute & University,” she said. “As students, they are mature, they take care of business, and they are built to succeed. They communicate very well and have confidence. When I started in this position we had 17 military students at the Sacramento campus; now we have 34.

“Union is the perfect place for our military and veterans to finish their degrees,” Reinosa says. “We offer a wide array of programs – from Criminal Justice Management to Social Work and more, all through flexible delivery options, including totally online options, small classroom settings, or low residency programs. Also, Union’s liberal transfer policy allows military personnel to earn credit for past college level training, transferring in up to 90 hours towards the undergraduate requirement of 120 credit hours. Our students don’t need to relocate to finish their degrees. We meet them where they are.”

Scholarships are also available for Union’s master’s programs. Veterans who have exhausted their benefits or whose benefits have expired may also qualify for a scholarship that provides up to $3,000 in assistance for Union's bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Union Institute & University is considered by G.I. Jobs to be a Serviceman’s Opportunity College and Military Friendly School. Union also participates in the POST 9/11 GI Bill’s Yellow Ribbon Program.

The university is currently accepting undergraduate applications for the Spring 2014 trimester beginning May 5. For more information about Union Institute & University's military and/or veteran scholarships, please email

*This scholarship allows zero out-of-pocket tuition for active duty personnel receiving tuition assistance from U.S. Armed Services.

Union Institute & University is a non-profit, accredited, private university specializing in adult and distance education since 1964. Union strives to engage, enlighten, and empower students in a lifetime of learning and service. The university’s transformational and socially relevant programs promote creative and critical thinking, and connect scholarship with real-world practice. Flexible online classes, brief residencies, classroom experiences, and hybrid models of instruction lead to undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Union graduates, including 14 college presidents, leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, members of the United States Congress, and the first female prime minister of Jamaica, promote Union’s legacy of utilizing education to transform lives and communities.

Webinar: DSM-5 Diagnosis and New Diagnostic Categories

Graduate Psychology Program
February 27, 2014
12:15 to 12:45 PM EST

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Please join us for a webinar presented by Union Institute & University’s graduate psychology programs. Jerry Fishman, Ph.D., associate dean and faculty in Union’s M.A. with a Concentration in Counseling Psychology will host the presentation.

Learn more about the features of the American Psychiatric Association’s Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The DSM-5 is a highly useful and preferred guide to clinical practice. Through much research and discussion among academics and clinicians, the disorders in the DSM-5 have been reordered into a revised organizational structure and enhanced specificity of criteria for assessment and diagnosis of presenting symptoms has been developed. This webinar will discuss specifically the diagnostic category changes and additions to the DSM-5 and outline a strategic approach for practice.

For webinar visual:
For webinar audio: 1-866-951-1151
Conference ID: 3425762
RSVP requested but not required:

Learn more about Union Institute & University’s M.A. with a Concentration in Counseling Psychology and Doctor of Psychology programs.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Submit your Faculty Award Nominations

Nominate your favorite Union instructor 
for the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

Do you have a favorite Union Institute & University instructor who deserves recognition for exceptional hard work and dedication? Students, faculty (including self-nominations), administration, alumni, and friends of the university are welcome to nominate Union faculty members for the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Nominations will be accepted through February 28, 2014. This award recognizes the exemplary achievements by Union faculty in the area of teaching, it carries a $1000 stipend, and all Union faculty—including full-time, part-time, and affiliate—are eligible.

The winner will be announced in April and will be publicly recognized at the October National Faculty meeting as well as the 2014 National Commencement Exercises.   
How to nominate faculty:
Nominations should include the following information:
a) a letter of nomination explaining why the nominee is qualified to be recognized in this manner
b) the nominee’s most current curriculum vitae
c) any documentary evidence in support of the nomination which may include up to three letters in support of the nomination
d) information regarding any other financial award or grant that has been received in support of the faculty member’s work that forms the basis of this nomination
e) the identity of the persons making and supporting the nomination.

Nominations may be submitted electronically by February 28, 2014.

Except for self-nominations, the portfolio should not include any confidential information. For self-nominations, confidential information such as dean’s reviews or peer reviews may be submitted in support of the nomination but any confidentiality in that information will be deemed to have been waived.
In order for a nomination to receive full consideration, items a.) through d.) must be included in the nomination dossier. 

Moreover, substantial items and/or amount of the activities of a candidate upon which the nomination is based must be performed during a candidate's employment at Union Institute & University. The quality and thoroughness of the nomination materials, including current curriculum vitae, are important factors in committee recommendations. The activities of excellence and quality performance should be demonstrated in a consistent and sustained pattern for a period of time and are continuing at the time a candidate is being considered for the award by the Committee. 

The Faculty Personnel and HR Committee will review the nominations and make a recommendation to the Faculty Council. The Faculty Personnel and HR Committee will also review nomination portfolios that were submitted over the past two award cycles for each of the three award categories provided that the original nominator(s) submits an updated nomination cover letter. The Chair of the Faculty Personnel and HR Committee will inform the nominator(s) of each previous nominee of the opportunity to update the nomination letter, and, optionally, the portfolio contents. The Committee may recommend a winner, a list of finalists for the Faculty Council to consider, or may recommend that no award be given.