Program Objectives and Criteria for Continuation

The counseling faculty expect that students be involved in a process of academic, professional and personal growth. There students are evaluated in terms of:

  1. Academic Knowledge: this includes successful completion of all academic courses, with a minimum overall grade of B- or better.
  2. Practitioner Competencies: Students must demonstrate proficiency in each of the following areas: pre-practicum, practicum, field experience and group seminars
  3. Personal Characteristics: Students are expected to conform to the legal and ethical standards of the respective professional associations (ACA, ASCA, and CAMFT). In addition, students, in their learning and professional activities, are expected to demonstrate a range of non-academic competencies. These competencies include, but are not limited to, the following:

Interpersonal Relationships:

Collaborates and functions with peers and faculty

Is assertive, respectful, and ethical among peers and colleagues

Willing to engage with others from diverse cultures

Exhibits flexibility, caring, and an uncritical nature

Can identify personal difficulties affecting counseling ability

Establishes rapport and relationships with clients

Is aware of personal boundaries with others

Accepts and provides respectful feedback to classmates and colleagues

Exhibits participation and respect

Able to deal with and manage conflict, one’s “high emotions”


Openness to Self-Evaluation and Growth:

Is receptive, non-defensive and integrates feedback

Can work through personal issues

Exhibits awareness of impact on others

Able to self-reflect and engage in self-reflection activities

Is aware of values and personal issues

Is aware of and can identify personal strengths and limitations

Consults supervisors and faculty as appropriate

Understands role of obstacles or ineffectiveness in counseling

Is aware of unhealthy relationships in life

Able to maintain personal and professional balance in life

Exhibits awareness of personal strengths, weaknesses

Exhibits self-assurance and confidence in therapeutic skills


Professional Self-Development:

Exhibits progress in therapeutic skill development and conceptualization

Is on time and attends all classes; participates

Is responsible for completing all assignments on time

Demonstrates professional involvement

Follows all applicable Codes of Ethics (e.g. ACA, ASCA, CAMFT) and program ethical standards

Exhibits a professional attitude and conduct; demonstrates work ethics

Demonstrates clinical skills

Demonstrates leadership and professional advocacy

Is aware of diversity issues and is able to engage in professional interactions with diverse populations

Demonstrates professional development that goes beyond the classroom

*In addition, students will also be accountable for any behavior that would require disciplinary action from respective governing boards (BBS, CCTC). Continuation in the program is based on positive faculty evaluation in all of these areas.