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Program Outcomes and Accreditation

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Outcomes

  1. Number of program graduates from the 2018-2019 academic year: 10 students graduated from our program in clinical mental health this past year.
  2. Completion rate: 90% +. Each year we accept approximately 12-16 new clinical mental health students. Each year one or two students drop out of the program for personal reasons or feeling that it is not the right fit. We do everything we can to make sure the student understands our program through our website and through the personal interview process.
  3. Licensure or certification examination pass rate (as appropriate): This year we had a 100% pass the NCE exam.
  4. Job placement rate. Between 85% and 90% of our clinical mental health graduates report working. This year one of our graduates is doing additional work in a doctoral program.
  5. The average GPA of the incoming class is 3.62 and the average GRE score is 298

School Counseling Program Outcomes

  1. Number of program graduates from the 2018-2019 academic year: 8 students graduated from our program in school counseling this past year.
  2. Completion rate: 90% + completion rate. Each year we accept approximately 9-12 new school counseling students. Each year one or two students drop out of the program for personal reasons or feeling that it is not the right fit. We do everything we can to make sure the student understands our program through our website and through the personal interview process.
  3. Licensure or certification examination pass rate (as appropriate): This year we once again had a 100% pass the Praxis II exam. 8 School Counseling Students took the NCE exam and we had a 100% pass rate.
  4. Job placement rate. This year 100% of our graduates are in school counseling positions.
  5. The average GPA of the incoming class is 3.54 and the average GRE score is 290.

Mission Statement

The counselor education program at West Virginia University forwards the land grant mission of the University in a rural state by providing a strong practitioner training program focused on the unique needs of the Appalachian region and other diverse communities. We are committed to preparing entry-level community mental health and school counselors to work competently and ethically within a pluralistic society. Our central organizing approach to counseling rests in the understanding of the human development needs of individuals, couples, families, and groups across the lifespan.

Accreditation

This program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). A CACREP-based core curriculum provides the minimum knowledge and skills considered necessary for anyone serving in these fields. These include:

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Group Work
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Appraisal
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Professional Orientation
  • Career and Lifestyle Development
  • Helping Relationships
Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2016 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program.

Objectives

The following objectives correspond with the specific requirements of CACREP and are derived from our mission statement:

Professional Orientation and Identity

Students will demonstrate an understanding of counseling as a profession, develop a professional identity, and demonstrate their ability to function effectively within the ethical guidelines established by the American Counseling Association in settings that offer counseling and related services to diverse populations.

Counseling Theory

Students will learn a range of counseling theories applicable when working in a pluralistic society with individuals, groups, couples, families, and children in the counseling process, and demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge in a therapeutic manner within rural and diverse communities.

Helping Relationships

Students will develop skills to work with individuals, groups, couples, families, and children that promote therapeutic change and demonstrate their ability to evaluate progress in meeting counseling objectives.

Social and Cultural Diversity

Students will develop an awareness of the impact of social and cultural factors on human behavior and recognize the role of individual differences in establishing and working toward counseling objectives.

Human Growth and Development

Students will learn stages of development throughout the lifespan and the importance of assessing and considering developmental goals when working with both children and adults.

Career Development

Students will learn the role of career development theory as applied to working with children, adolescents, and adults and the impact of economic and cultural factors on career decisions, job performance, and lifestyle.

Group Dynamics

Students will learn the purpose and function of groups, group dynamics, and the application of counseling theories and leadership skills within the group setting to promote decision-making and growth.

Assessment

Students will learn to determine appropriate assessment techniques when working with individuals, groups, couples, families, children and adolescents and utilize relevant information within the counseling process.

Research and Program Evaluation

Students will develop the ability to read and evaluate professional research literature and incorporate such information into their professional development.

Specialization

Students will develop specific knowledge relevant to the student’s area of interest (i.e. addictions, mental health, children, school) and will learn for their area of interest how to provide professional services including assessment, prevention, referral, and program development, implementation, and management.

Experiential Learning

Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective professional counselor through supervised practicum and internship experiences.

Personal Growth and Understanding

Students will explore values and beliefs as they pertain to their evolving roles as professional counselors and develop a level of self-understanding that leads to an integrated personal approach to counseling and client advocacy.