Graduate Academic Learning Compacts

Year: 2007-2008
College: Arts and Sciences
Department: Psychology
Major: Counseling Psychology
Concentration:  

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program is to train skilled and competent clinicians who graduate prepared for entry-level practice as state-registered post-degree Mental Health Counseling interns. MACP graduates will demonstrate excellence in skills, knowledge and competencies in scholarship and application in a manner that 1) is focused within the discipline of Counseling and the field of Psychology, and 2) shows relevance to community needs. Competencies will be developed through a combination of formal coursework and applied experiences, including supervision and supervised clinical experiences. The MACP program is committed to regular and ongoing self-assessment of such efforts, including curriculum, instruction, recruitment, retention, and placement of its graduates. To ensure the understanding and application of these basic principles of Psychology and Counseling, graduates of the program will demonstrate the knowledge and competency to integrate the following into clinical practice: Graduate Learning Objectives 1. Awareness and adherence to ethical standards and licensure requirements of the profession. 2. Basic counseling and relationship-building skills. 3. Interviewing, assessment, and diagnosis proficiency. 4. Ability to function as informed consumers of empirical findings who develop knowledge through critical thinking, ongoing career-long learning, and scholarship. 5. Sensitivity to multicultural diversity and an understanding of how diversity relates to clinical practice. 6. Implementation of clinical intervention strategies to enhance personal development and resiliencies and to facilitate mental health difficulty resolution.
Student Learning Outcomes:

    
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Interviewing, assessment, and diagnosis proficiency.



    
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Awareness and adherence to ethical standards and licensure requirements of the profession.



    
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Basic counseling and relationship-building skills.



    
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Ability to function as informed consumers of empirical findings who develop knowledge through critical thinking, ongoing career-long learning, and scholarship.



    
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Sensitivity to multicultural diversity and an understanding of how diversity relates to clinical practice.



    
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Implementation of clinical intervention strategies to enhance personal development and resiliencies and to facilitate mental health difficulty resolution.


Curriculum Map:

Assessment Approaches:

Assessment of graduate learning will be pursued via an "embedded" approach that capitalizes on the existence of student-generated product from the MACP curriculum. Analysis of such material will be conducted using a review process specific to the MACP's GLO-based assessment. Successful addressment of the GLOs will be evaluated in an ongoing manner via annual evaluations of student performance. Assessment tests, term papers, class projects, presentations, treatment plans and case reports, and taped samples of clinical work will be evaluated by faculty using rubrics that identify subdomains within each GLO, with a Likert-scale of achievement (1 - 3). Year Two: Expanded use of embedded course material with external validity explored via Internship Supervisor Ratings from Internship courses to demonstrate ability to apply prior learning. Assessment will focus on data from the Ethics, Social and Cultural Foundations courses, as well as Internship training Feedback.