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    Project PRISMS

    Providing Resources to Increase School Mental Health Support

Project PRISMS

Project PRISMS is funded by the US Department of Education.

About Project PRISMS

Project PRISMS provides advanced training in school mental health to prepare graduate students for South Carolina certification as school counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists equipping them to offer counseling services within high-needs school settings.

Admission to PRISMS requires you to complete your field experiences (i.e., practicum and internship) at high-needs schools within our affiliated school districts. If you follow the School Counseling track, you will complete this requirement in one school for both practicum and internship. If you take the Clinical Mental Health track or the Marriage, Couples, and Family track you will be placed as a school-based mental health therapist within one district and may engage with multiple schools.

Our partner districts are Lexington County School District One, Richland School District Two, and Aiken County Public School District.


Important Information to Consider

  • The program is full-time (Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters) with most courses being conducted in-person.
  • Eligibility for the program requires maintaining full-time enrollment and completing it within two years.
  • Attendance at all required courses, training sessions, and professional development activities is mandatory to receive funding.
  • After graduation, a minimum of two years of employment within six years of graduation must be completed at a high-needs school.
  • Funding through PRISMS is considered a fellowship, not a graduate assistantship.

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