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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), through 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 has sought and been awarded transfer of 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  was awarded in January 2016. 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

2015-2016

Clinical Mental Health Counseling/School Counseling

 

Note: Transition of accreditation from the Community Counseling Program to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program was successfully completed in 2014-2015, with final CACREP approval in the January 14-16, 2016, CACREP Board of Directors’ meeting. The CMHC Program was accredited through 2018.

 

Last year, including Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016,  there were 9 graduates of Jacksonville State  University’s 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 2015 was 80%. Of the admitted students, 85% graduate from the program in the expected time period and 95% of those program graduates responding to surveys who are actively seeking jobs are employed.

 

Additionally, last year, including Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016,  there were 8 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. Ninety-eight% of all school counseling graduates that employment information is available for are employed in education. Seventy-eight % of School Counseling graduates passed the Praxis on the first attempt.

Approximately 91 students are enrolled in both CACREP-accredited programs (at end of Spring 2016) with approximately 84% of graduates being women and 16 % being men.  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. 

 

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                            17                                90%                      78%                            90%

2016                              9                                85%                      80%                            95%

*represent the percentage of graduates actively seeking employment

 

SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM

Year                Number of Graduates  Completion Rate        Praxis Pass Rate      Placement Rate

2013                           12                                 90%                       92%                            58%

2014                            8                                  90%                       96%                            90%                   

2015                            2                                  90%                      100%                            90%

2016                            8                                  90%                        78%                            90%

               

 

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