Students are expected to know and abide by the ethical standards that govern the practice of counseling, as outlined by the American Counseling Association (ACA) and by other professional counseling organizations such as the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS). Students are expected to read the standards and sign a statement pledging to abide by these standards as well as by the guidelines outlined in this student handbook. These signed statements must be filed in the MA in Counseling Program Office within the first month of the student's first semester of study. Students should consult with program advisors, faculty members, and supervisors regarding any possible violation of ethical standards by themselves or by other students in the program. Any violation of ethical standards may result in termination from the Masters in Counseling Programs.
Students also are encouraged and expected to become student members of the American Counseling Association (ACA) as well as other Professional Counseling organizations such as the Pennsylvania Counselors Association, the Greater Pittsburgh Counseling Association, the American School Counseling Association, or other divisions of the ACA. Professional liability insurance required for participation in the practicum and internship is available through the American Counseling Association (ACA). Student membership in these various organizations is relatively inexpensive. Students are encouraged to attend at least one professional meeting or conference each year. Many students have presented papers at these conferences, and partial financial support has been provided for this by the college. Students are encouraged to check the ACA websites for updated professional information (http://www.counseling.org/) and links to other professional association websites.
Graduate students in counseling programs often have the opportunity to become involved in paid or unpaid professional counseling activities that are separate and apart from program activities. These experiences lie outside the confines of the Geneva College Masters in Counseling Programs because they are neither conducted under the auspices of the program nor are they officially supervised by professionals associated with the department. The department only assumes responsibility for students' counseling activities that fall within the limits of program requirements. Students who become involved in counseling activities beyond the confines of the program are prohibited from using college resources (facilities, equipment, or materials) in these activities.
Students are encouraged to plan their academic programs in such a manner as to be eligible for certification and licensure as professional counselors. Students are encouraged to contact the state in which they plan to reside regarding counselor licensure requirements in that state. Additionally students are encouraged to pursue certification by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) subsequent to graduation.
Students are encouraged to save all course syllabi as well as practicum and internship documentation for the duration of their professional careers. These may be needed to verify the completion of necessary courses and supervised experiences necessary for certifications, licensure, and professional privileges
Geneva is one of only 118 colleges in the U.S. to be approved for membership in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), and is a founding member.