Program Objectives and Criteria for Continuation

The counseling faculty expects that students be involved in a process of academic, professional, and personal growth. The objectives of the program are to insure that each student exhibits skills and competencies in the following areas:

  1. Academic Knowledge. This includes successful completion of all academic courses.
  2. Practitioner Competencies. Students must demonstrate proficiency in each of the following areas: Pre-practicum, practicum, internship, and group seminars.
  3. Personal Characteristics. Students are expected to conform to the legal and ethical standards of their respective professional association (ACA and CAMFT) In addition, students', in their learning and professional activities, are expected to:
    • Display good listening skills
    • Respect divergent point of view
    • Express thoughts/knowledge effectively
    • Demonstrate realistic expectations or self
    • Show developed sense of self-awareness re: skills and talents
    • Demonstrate and ability to develop and sustain rapport with both men and women
    • Use personal power and authority appropriately
    • Work collaboratively with others
    • Demonstrate an ability to articulate one's feelings
    • Demonstrate an awareness of cultural, gender, and spiritual issues
    • Demonstrate the ability to receive, give, and integrate feedback
    • Demonstrate appropriate boundaries: sexual, ethical, and professional
    • Exhibit ability to take responsibility for one's actions
    • Interact appropriately with authority
    • Demonstrate appropriate in-class behavior
    • Contribute to a positive classroom environment
    • Exhibit dependable behaviors (assignments, group activity, and attendance

In addition to these personal characteristics, students will also be accountable for any behavior that would require disciplinary action from respective governing boards (BBS, CTC; e.g., substance abuse in a professional capacity). Continuation in the program is based upon positive faculty evaluations in all three of these areas.