Assessing Clinical Mental Health Counseling Skills and Practice Standards in Distance Education

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Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation

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2 (Special Issue)

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The Council of Accreditation in Counseling and Related Educational Programs (2009) Standards emphasize the assessment of student learning outcomes (SLOs) regarding program-specific knowledge, skills, and practice. The skills and practice dimensions for each program’s standards may prove challenging for online and hybrid programs to assess, given that the ability to observe students’ counseling skills can be limited within a distance learning environment. Using one hybrid-based mental health counseling program’s as a case example, the authors provide recommendations for distance learning programs that are working to address gaps in assessing SLOs related to counseling skills.