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Program Objectives

    1. Maintain a current and relevant curricular learning environment that promotes the standards of the counseling profession, fosters a strong professional identity, and creates clinical competence across the lifespan.

      Evaluation Method: Current CACREP standards, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and state licensure requirements reflected in all syllabi. Graduates, site supervisors, and employers are surveyed for program evaluation and feedback.

    2. Engage students in experiences that create personal and professional insight, awareness, and growth thereby enhancing their ability to deliver client-centered, culturally responsive, and ethically competent counseling services.

      Evaluation Method: All students are required to participate in a ten hour group counseling experience. Students are also required to earn a “B” grade or better in practicum courses. Membership is encouraged in the Counselor Education Student Association (CESA) and Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) student associations. These organizations engage in community service activities each semester. Every student is also evaluated annually through the student review process (see section 2 of Student Review Rubric) related to Personal Maturity and Interpersonal Skills. Service learning opportunities are also provided throughout the curriculum.

    3. Provide sequential clinical experiences with individuals and groups that enhance counseling work with clients/students across the lifespan and encompasses theoretical, ethical, and current bases of knowledge in the profession.

      Evaluation Method: All students are required to earn a “B” grade or better in practicum courses and maintain current clearances/liability insurance. Every student is also evaluated annually through the student review process (see section 1 of Student Review Rubric) related to clinical competence.

    4. Facilitate attainment of clinical assessment and conceptualization skills, as well as the ability to use relevant literature/research to inform counseling work with students and clients.

      Evaluation Method: All courses have a culminating assignment or Summative Assignment with corresponding rubric. Performance on the assignment is tracked across courses through LiveText. Every student is also evaluated annually through the student review process (see section 1 of Student Review Rubric) related to clinical competence.

    5. Develop a supportive departmental culture with high expectations for professional/ethical behavior, academic performance, multicultural awareness, and sound clinical judgment in helping relationships for all counselors in training.

      Evaluation Method: All accepted students will meet or exceed the published admissions criteria for their respective counseling program. Students are evaluated annually related to their clinical competence, personal maturity, interpersonal skills, and academic performance/ coursework.

    6. Create curricular and co-curricular experiences that promote and encourage student involvement in scholarship, community engagement, and leadership throughout their career.

      Evaluation Method: All students attend program orientation and are given a Department of Counseling handbook with professional membership information at the start of their graduate studies. Students are encouraged to collaborate on scholarly activities (e.g. publications, conference attendance and presentations) with faculty and maintain student membership in professional counseling organizations. Membership is encouraged in the Counselor Education Student Association (CESA) and Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) student associations. These organizations engage in community service activities each semester and provide various leadership opportunities for members.