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Program Accreditation

 

As of February 1, 2016, PSU's School Counseling; Marital, Couple and Family Counseling; and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs received reaccreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). In the winter of 2015, a self-study was submitted to CACREP for the School Counseling; Marital, Couple and Family Counseling; and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs. A CACREP site visit was completed in November 2015. This led to the successful accreditation decision in 2016 for these programs as follows: School Counseling accredited through March 31, 2024; Clinical Mental Health Counseling accredited through March 31, 2018; and Marital, Couple and Family Counseling accredited through March 21, 2018.

As of 2007, the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program was accredited through summer of 2016 by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). In 2015, the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program submitted a self-study to the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) for reaccreditation, and a CORE site visit is occurring in February of 2016. A decision will be rendered later this year.

In the winter of 2015, the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program submitted a conversion self-study to CACREP for a joint Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health program. This application is still under review.

Annual Assessment Report

Comprehensive Assessment Plan 

As part of our CACREP and CORE accreditation the Counselor Education department engages in continuous systematic program evaluation. This occurs annually at our fall faculty retreat and at department meetings two times a month during the academic year. Our evaluation plan focuses on program assessment and student learning outcomes. Assessment of our programs are conducted at key transition points every year. Key program assessments occur at: 

  • New Student Orientation (annual student survey) 
  • First year Group Prac/Personal Growth Group (Pre/Post student survey each term)
  • Peer Supervision Assessment (two year assessment project) 
  • Exit Survey (annual student survey)
  • Alumni survey (annual student survey)
  • Site Supervisor and Graduate Employer Survey (every 3-5 years)
  • NCE results comparing our students against other CACREP students, non-CACREP students, and National results 

Student learning outcomes of professional identity, professional practice, and program area standards are assessed by:

  • Key assignments in select courses 
  • Practicum and internship evaluations 
  • Annual review by core faculty of all first year students
  • Annual review by core faculty of all second year students between practicum and internship placements 
  • NCE results assessing our students’ scores across the CACREP areas  

After any program evaluation and assessment of student learning and performance has occurred, a data review form is completed. The results of the assessment as well as course/program modifications are discussed in department faculty meetings. 

Our assessment results (see links below) include exit and alumni surveys, site supervisor and graduate employer surveys, and summaries of key assessments used to modify curricular offerings and program structure. Our assessment plans are summarized for each program (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling, School Counseling, and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling) on curricular maps (see below).

Assessment Results