(CHICAGO) The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP)—one of the leading institutions devoted to psychology and the fields of behavioral and health sciences—is pleased to announce that 100 percent of its Chicago Campus M.A. Counseling Psychology students, 109 in all, choosing to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) for Licensure in April 2013 have passed. Offered twice annually, the NCE is a national standardized examination developed by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to assess key areas of knowledge for prospective professional counselors. These key areas are informed by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Program (CACREP). Over the last three exams, TCSPP M.A. Counseling students continue to perform at a high level comparatively to national means indicating that they are mastering the prerequisite knowledge to perform well as a professional counselor.
“These results demonstrate how well our faculty invests in our students’ education, not only through practitioner-based curriculum but through advisement on important examinations that will determine their eligibility to serve as psychology professionals,” said Michele Nealon-Woods, Psy.D., national president of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. “Now more than ever, knowledgeable and caring counselors are needed as more people seek mental health services.”
Most students elect to take the NCE prior to graduation (at least two years into their counseling program) so that they will be able to enter the job market sooner. Forty-one of the 52 United States and its territories, including Illinois, accept the NCE for licensure which is often required to obtain professional counseling positions such as therapists, mental health providers and case managers in hospitals, private practice and nonprofit institutions, as well as higher education.
Students in the M.A. in Counseling Psychology program at the Chicago Campus receive a solid foundation in the principles of counseling psychology, along with the essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills they need to be outstanding counselors prepared to work with a range of clinical populations and a variety of emotional and psychological conditions.
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