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School Counseling Mission Statement


The mission of the School Counseling program is to train Professional School Counselors. Students acquire a foundation in the counseling core and strength in the specialty field courses in program development; consultation and intervention; counseling children and adolescents, and individual and group appraisal. Students become competent in utilizing the Alabama State Department of Education Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Plan that exemplifies national standards. The focus is to educate school counselors, and enable them to address elementary and secondary student's needs in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development. Teaching, scholarship, and service are values demonstrated throughout the program. Self-awareness, intellectual development, and social consciousness are supported and encouraged. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), throigh March 31, 2018.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Mission Statement  

 
The mission of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is to prepare graduate students from northeast Alabama and the surrounding area for success as they move toward: (1) counseling positions in mental health agencies; (2) LPC licensure application in Alabama, Georgia, and beyond; and/or (3) continued progress toward a terminal degree in Counselor Education.  The program is designed to identify, train, and assist candidates with the skills and dispositions needed to become capable counselors and creative decision-makers, able to facilitate client growth by utilizing refined communication skills, equipped to creatively and appropriately apply therapeutic techniques, consistently employ ethical practice in keeping with the Code of Ethics and Standards of practice endorsed by the counseling profession, and exhibit multicultural competence and respect for diversity. Teaching, scholarship and service are values demonstrated throughout the program. Self-awareness, intellectual development and social consciousness are supported and encouraged. The program is seeking transtion of existing accreditation of the Community Agency program to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This transition is expected in mid-late 2015. The program is accredited through March 31, 2018.

Qualified and experienced faculty mentor each counselor-in-training, many of whom are first-generation college students. The program is designed to identify, train, and assist candidates who have or gain the skills and dispositions needed to become capable counselors and creative decision makers as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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COUNSELING PROGRAMS/ STUDENT OUTCOMES

Jacksonville State University

2014-2015

Community Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling/School Counseling

Note: (Beginning with the Fall 2013 term, a transition period began, with movement from a Community Counseling to Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. By Summer 2015, all matriculating students will be in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track.)

Last year, including Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015,  there were 18 graduates of Jacksonville State  University’s Community Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Our graduates consistently achieve higher-than-average pass rates on national counseling examinations. The pass rate for graduates taking the NCE examination in 2014 was 75%. Of the admitted students, 90% graduate from the program in the expected time period and 88% of those program graduates responding to surveys who are actively seeking jobs are employed.

Additionally, last year, including Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015,  there were 4 graduates of Jacksonville State  University’s School Counseling program. Of the admitted students, 90% graduate from the program in the expected time period and 90% of those program graduates responding to surveys who are actively seeking jobs are employed as school counselors. 98% are employed in education. 100% of School Counseling graduates passed the Praxis.

Approximately 92 students are enrolled in all programs (at end of Spring 2015) with approximately 80% of graduates being women and 20 % being men each year.  The Department has a goal of accepting 45 new students each year (15 per term) students each year.  Approximately ninety percent of accepted students graduate in the expected time period, two and one half years for full-time students and three and one-half years for part-time students.  Course availability accommodates both part-time and full-time students. 

Since 1997, program graduates seeking school counseling positions have been very successful in doing so. Approximately 20% of the graduates obtain positions in elementary schools, 30% in middle schools, and 50% in high schools. Data on licensure or certification examination pass rates are not provided for this program because our state does not require an examination to obtain a school counseling license.

COMMUNITY COUNSELING/Clinical Mental Health Counseling PROGRAM

Year                Number of Graduates Completion Rate   LPC Exam Pass Rate    Placement Rate*

2013                            29                                92%                      60%                            96%

2014                            16                                90%                      73%                            87.5%

2015                            18                                90%                      80%                            88%

*represent the percentage of graduates actively seeking employment

COMMUNITY COUNSELING/CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING/SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAMS

                                                                                         Year

Statistic                                               2013                2014                2015                2016

Applicants Accepted                               56%                 73%                 68.5%           

                                          (55 Apps/31 admitted)(41 App/30 Accepted)(35/24)

Number of New Students Enrolled        31                        30                     24

Total Matriculating                             101                        85                     92

Number of Graduates                          41                         24                    22

Completion Rate                                 90%                      90%                 90%

NCE Examination Pass Rate                 60%                      73%                 80%

Praxis Pass Rate                                  98%                     100%              100%

Job Placement Rate                 58%(Sco)92% (CC/CMHC)                          90%/87.5%

Many students in our school counseling program are employed as teachers and decide to stay in their teaching position after graduation. The job placement rate provided above represents only the program graduates who were actively seeking employment as school counselors.

COUNSELING PROGRAMS/ STUDENT OUTCOMES

Jacksonville State University

2013-2014

Community Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling/School Counseling

Note: (Beginning with the Fall 2013 term, a transition period began, with movement from a Community Counseling to Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. By Summer 2015, all matriculating students will be in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track.)

Last year, including Summer 2013, Fall 2013, and Spring 2014,  there were 16 graduates of Jacksonville State  University’s Community Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Our graduates consistently achieve higher-than-average pass rates on national counseling examinations. The pass rate for graduates taking the NCE examination in 2013-14 was 73%. Of the admitted students, 87.5% graduate from the program in the expected time period and 96% of those program graduates responding to surveys who are actively seeking jobs are employed.

Additionally, last year, including Summer 2013, Fall 2013, and Spring 2014,  there were 8 graduates of Jacksonville State  University’s School Counseling program. Of the admitted students, 92% graduate from the program in the expected time period and 90% of those program graduates responding to surveys who are actively seeking jobs are employed as school counselors. 98% are employed in education.

Approximately 85 students are enrolled in all programs (as of Summer 2014) with approximately 80% of graduates being women and 20% of graduates being men.  The Department has a goal of accepting 45 new students each year (15 per term) students each year.  Ninety percent of accepted students graduate in the expected time period, two and one half years for full-time students and three and one-half years for part-time students.  Course availability accommodates both part-time and full-time students. 

Since 1997, program graduates seeking school counseling positions have been very successful in doing so. Approximately 20% of the graduates obtain positions in elementary schools, 30% in middle schools, and 50% in high schools. Data on licensure or certification examination pass rates are not provided for this program because our state does not require an examination to obtain a school counseling license.

COMMUNITY COUNSELING/Clinical Mental Health Counseling PROGRAM

Year                Number of Graduates Completion Rate   LPC Exam Pass Rate    Placement Rate*

2013                            29                                92%                      60%                            96%

2014                            16                                90%                      73%                            87.5%

*represent the percentage of graduates actively seeking employment

COMMUNITY COUNSELING/CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING/SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAMS

                                                                                         Year

Statistic                                               2013                2014                2015                2016

Applicants Accepted                          56%                       73%                            

                                        (55 Apps/31 admitted) (41 apps/30 admitted)

Number of New Students  Enrolled       31                        30                    24

Total Matriculating                             101                         85                   92

Number of Graduates                         41                           24                 

Completion Rate                                90%                       91%

NCE Examination Pass Rate                 60%                      73%

Praxis Pass Rate                                 98%                

Job Placement Rate                         58%/92%              90%/87.5%

                                                     (SCO/CC+CMHC)  (SCO/CC+CMHC)

Many students in our school counseling program are employed as teachers and decide to stay in their teaching position after graduation. The job placement rate provided above represents only the program graduates who were actively seeking employment as school counselors.

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