1st Semester Requirements for Advancement:
"B" or better in the following classes:
COUN 5103 Introduction to Professional Counseling
COUN 5105 Counseling Skills
COUN 6227 Counseling Theory (OR another course, as approved by the advisor).
The program approval decision will be made by the entire counseling faculty and is based on a performance review of the following:
- An analysis of performance in coursework, including grade point average. A minimum of a 3.0 grade point is required.
- The ability to effectively demonstrate counseling skills as presented in the Counseling Skills class. These skills are the best predictor of professional success as well as successful completion of practicum and internship.
- Evidence of good writing skills.
- Demonstration of effective interpersonal relationship skills, openness to self-disclosure and personal growth, and sensitivity and flexibility in relating to others.
- Evidence of appropriate personal characteristics for a counseling professional and adherence to ethical behavior as specified in the ACA Code of Ethics.
There are three possible outcomes of this review:
- Program approval (degree) status is granted.
- Program approval status may be continued for a short period of time with a specific plan and timeline for improvement outlined.
* Occasionally approval status is continued until another tape is submitted. This occurs when the quality of the tape is poor, when the client was so verbal that it was not possible to see a good presentation of skill, or when there was a marked discrepancy between consistent performance in Counseling Skills and the tape which was submitted.
- Program approval (degree) status is denied. No further counseling courses may be taken.
- November 20 for students who will complete the required courses in the fall.
Failure to submit materials on time will delay the program approval decision and may jeopardize your status with the Graduate College. It is very important that you take responsibility for having all materials in on time.
Program approval decisions for fall will be made within three (3) weeks after the deadline for submission of materials. Admission decisions will be mailed to each candidate.
If program approval status is granted, It is important for you to contact your advisor as soon as you have been admitted and work closely with him or her throughout your program to help with course scheduling, research paper and comprehensive exam requirements, and other pertinent information about the program.
After being fully admitted in the program and during the first three weeks of the fall semester, ALL new students must attend a Program Orientation that provides all the elements to succeed in the graduate program. Some of the topics addressed during this orientation are but are not limited to:
- Advising and registration processes
- Studying and learning tips
- Graduate school lifestyle
- Interaction and communication with faculty and classmates
- ACA Code of Ethics, plagiarism, and quality work
- Exit requirements
- Counseling associations and memberships
The CACREP standards require a systematic progress for all students admitted to the School and Mental Health programs. Once each year in February, the faculty will review each student's progress (after program approval status is granted) in three areas: academic performance, personal growth/interpersonal skills, and clinical skills. Following this review, each student will receive a copy of the evaluation and can discuss any concerns or suggestions for improvement with his or her advisor or the program coordinator. Any recommendation or requirements noted on the review form MUST be followed. A copy of the Progress Review Form can be downloaded and students are advised to familiarize themselves with the criteria and adhere to the points outlined on the review form. If significant difficulties are noted, the advisor will make contact with the student and procedures described in the Retention Review Policy (I-B and II) will be followed.
Program Exit Requirements
In addition to taking comprehensive exams and completing a research paper, all students in the program must complete exit requirements prior to graduation. You should begin working on these requirements early in the program and document them as they are completed. These requirements reinforce what we believe all future counselors need: high levels of personal and professional development and sensitivity to diversity.