Counseling students excel on national licensure exam
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Students in Southeastern Louisiana University’s graduate program in counseling scored above the national average in all areas of the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification taken in the fall 2006 semester, according to a report just released.
The Southeastern students also scored above the average for all institutions accredited by the Commission on Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP), the leading accrediting body for counseling programs, said Mary Ballard, interim head of the Department of Counseling and Human Development, a unit in the College of Education and Human Development.
“While our students typically score above national and CACREP institutional averages in many sub-areas, it is highly unusual for a program to achieve this level in all 13 sub-areas of the examination,” Ballard said. “Quite naturally, we’re elated with the results and quite proud of our students’ performance.”
“The dedication and hard work of the Southeastern faculty and the quality of students admitted to this program are certainly evident from the high passage rate earned on this rigorous examination,” said John Crain, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
The National Counselor Examination also serves as Louisiana’s licensing exam for counseling candidates. The exam assesses knowledge, skills and abilities considered essential in providing effective counseling services. The 13 sub-areas covered in the exam include a wide range of content areas, including the fundamentals of counseling, group counseling, research, ethics, human growth and development, and professional practice issues.
Southeastern’s counseling program is nationally accredited by CACREP. The Southeastern program offers tracks in community counseling, school counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Graduates of the program meet the academic requirements for state licensure as licensed professional counselors in the state of Louisiana as well as many other states.