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MA Professional Counseling Student Learning Outcome

SLO #1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of individual and family development theories, and how transitions across the life-span impact learning and personality development including developmental crises, disabilities, and psychopathology. He or she will routinely integrate these principles in working with clients.

SLO #2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of multicultural and pluralistic trends, attitudes, and behaviors related to diversity, how diversity in families impacts clients, and how culture affects the counseling relationship. The student will consistently and competently demonstrate a systemic and cultural awareness. Modifications to counseling approaches will be made based on this awareness.

SLO #3: The student will demonstrate sound knowledge of measurement constructs and effectively select, administer, and interpret assessment and evaluation instruments. He or she will systematically integrate assessment results within the counseling process.

SLO #4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of career development and the planning process across the lifespan. He or she will effectively select and apply career counseling models to assist clients in their career exploration, decision-making, and planning through various assessment techniques and the use of current career information.

SLO #5: The student will know and understand a variety of individual and small group counseling theories and techniques, integrate this information to develop therapeutic alliances with clients, and formulate appropriate goals and strategies in accordance with clients’ needs.

SLO #6: The student will know, understand, and use various research and evaluation tools to monitor and assess the effectiveness of interventions with individuals and groups that are within the school or mental health systems.

SLO #7: The student will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ethical principles of the counseling profession and employ ethical decision-making in his or her work.

SLO #8: The student will demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional growth and development through personal reflection and self-appraisal, consultation, and supervision.

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