and Program Outcomes
The mission of the Department of Counselor Education is to develop counselors who have professional identities as reflective and ethical practitioners. This mission will be achieved through attainment of the following goals. The Department of Counselor Education is committed to:
- Providing students with highly effective pedagogical strategies in their development as competent and skilled practitioners.
- Guiding students in the development of awareness: of self, of others, and of the systems in which they exist.
- Providing students with educational opportunities to develop diversity competence, including the skills, knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and cultural sensitivity necessary to do so.
- Developing practitioners who view clients holistically, incorporate a wellness perspective, and empower clients to become change agents for themselves and others.
- Preparing and empowering students to advocate for themselves, for their clients, and for the counseling profession.
The mission and goals of the Department of Counselor Education are met through the following program objectives, and are directly related to the Department’s Mission and Goals:
- students will demonstrate understanding of advocacy processes needed to address institutional and social barriers that impede access, equity, and success for clients.
- students will demonstrate adherence to ethical standards of professional counseling organizations and a knowledge of credentialing bodies, and applications of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling
- students will exhibit understanding of multicultural counseling competencies
- students will understand and be able to implement ethical and culturally relevant strategies for promoting resilience and optimum development and wellness across the lifespan
- students will exhibit knowledge of strategies for assessing abilities, interests, values, personality and other factors that contribute to career development
- students will skillfully practice essential interviewing, counseling, and case conceptualization skills
- students will exhibit awareness of different types of groups and other considerations that affect conducting groups in varied settings
- students will know and implement methods of effectively preparing for and conducting initial assessment meetings
- students will exhibit ability to evaluate counseling interventions and programs
- Clinical Mental Health Students will demonstrate understanding of techniques and interventions for prevention and treatment of a broad range of mental health issues
- School Counseling students will understand how to use accountability data to inform decision making
The Department of Counselor Education train candidates to meet the unit outcomes and standards of the following accrediting boards, state, and national bodies:
Student Learning Outcomes for the Program
Learning outcomes for our program are grounded in CACREP accreditation standards in which students must demonstrate knowledge and understanding in eight core areas and skill in applying the knowledge and understanding in school/university based service delivery. The eight core areas are:
- Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice
Studies that provide an understanding of all of the following aspects of professional functioning
- Social and Cultural Diversity
Studies that provide an understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society related to such factors as culture, ethnicity, race, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical characteristics, education, family values, religious, and spiritual values, socioeconomic status and unique characteristics of individuals, couples, families, ethnic groups, and communities
- Human Growth and Development
Studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels
- Career Development
Studies that provide an understanding of career development and related life factors
- Helping Relationships
Studies that provide an understanding of the counseling process in various contexts and with different populations
- Group Work
Studies that provide both theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group approaches
Studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation
- Research and Program Evaluation
Studies that provide an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation
Department Assessment Report
The Department Assessment Report can be found at this link: http://www.wcupa.edu/education-socialWork/counselorEducation/documents/AssessmentReport.pdf
Recent Program Statistics
West Chester University offers a CACREP accredited program in School Counseling. Last year, there were 50 graduates of West Chester University’s School Counseling program. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on the Praxis II examination required for school counseling certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The pass rate for graduates taking the Praxis II examination last year was 97%. Of the admitted students, 87% graduate from the program in the expected time period and 46% of those program graduates responding to surveys who are actively seeking jobs are employed six months after graduation.
West Chester University also offers a CACREP accredited program in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs. Last year, there were 35 graduates of this program. Of the admitted students, 82% graduate from the program in the expected time period and 65% of those program graduates responding to surveys who are actively seeking jobs are employed six months after graduation.