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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
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 Fall 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 17 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 78%. 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.
Additionally, last year, including Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015, there were 2 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. 100% of School Counseling graduates passed the Praxis.
Approximately 82 students are enrolled in both CACREP-accredited 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.
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 17 90% 78% 90%
*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%
COMMUNITY COUNSELING/CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING/SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAMS
Statistic 2013 2014 2015 2016
Applicants Accepted 56% 73% 40%
(55 Apps/31 admitted)(41 App/30 Accepted)(60/24)
Number of New Students Enrolled 31 30 24
Total Matriculating 101 85 82
Number of Graduates 41 24 19
Completion Rate 90% 90% 90%
NCE Examination Pass Rate 60% 73% 78%
Praxis Pass Rate 98% 100% 100%
Job Placement Rate 58%(Sco)92% (CC/CMHC) 90%/87.5% 90%/90%
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.