The Counseling Development Assessment Portfolio
What is the Counseling Development Assessment Portfolio & Why Should I develop It?
The Counseling Development Assessment Portfolio allows you to collect and keep a continuous systematic digital record of your performance and development as a professional counselor during your time in the counselor education program. It provides evidence that you have achieved appropriate levels of proficiency and competencies expected of counselor education candidates and beginning professional counselors.
During your professional preparation you will be collecting samples of evidence from all courses and activities that demonstrate your competency in meeting student learning outcomes (SLO), CACREP standards, and developing a professional counselor identity.
Your completed portfolio should not only provide evidence of your levels of proficiency in the competencies expected by the counselor education program, but it should also provide documents and information that you wish to present to a prospective employer as well evidence of your professional performance required by licensure boards and certification committees.
What is Evidence of Competency Performance?
Each class may have a variety of assignments that provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your competency and achievement of student learning outcomes. All completed assignments related to student learning outcomes & CACREP standards as well as the results of your level of achievement should be included in your portfolio. Examples include test results, research & position papers, presentation PowerPoint and evaluation results, results of video counseling performance, results of rating scales, etc.
When Should I Begin Developing My Portfolio?
Students will begin developing their portfolio during the first semester and continue adding content each semester throughout their program.
When is the Portfolio Due and How Will My Portfolio be Evaluated?
You and your major advisor will monitor your progress of developing the portfolio throughout the program. The completed portfolio will be due toward the end of your final semester. You will submit it, on a flash drive, to your internship instructor and a CNED faculty member will review it. You will receive a rating of 3 – Exceeds Expectations, 2 – Meets Expectations, or 1 – Does Not Meet Expectations. (Rubric to be developed)
The flash drive will be returned to you and the program will maintain a copy of the portfolio on a program computer, with a back-up online, during the current CACREP accreditation cycle. You will have a copy of the portfolio for use as a record of your achievements and evidence of meeting CACREP standards as needed for purposes of certification, licensure, and etc.
How Should I Organize My Portfolio?
Purchase a flash drive to store your portfolio. You should also back it up on your personal computer, and possibly in a cloud- based storage such as icloud, one drive, drop box, etc. The sections that follow provide directions for the organization and content of the portfolio and examples of what to include.
Main Content Folders
There should be three main folders titled (1) Professional Identity, (2) Counseling Core, and (3) Counseling Specialty (either clinical mental health counseling or school counseling). In the professional identity folder you list all activities that provide evidence that you identify with the profession of counseling in general and your specialty counseling area specifically. In each of the two remaining main folders, there should be sub-folders that contain evidence for meeting CACREP standards and student learning outcomes in the core and specialty areas. The counseling core and counseling specialty folders will include a sub-folder for each class. Each class folder will include all completed assignments and scores that document your competency and achievement of student learning outcomes and CACREP standards for that class. Content areas for professional identity and sub-folders for core counseling and specialty area are as follows:
I - Professional Identity
The following are examples only. You may not have activity in all of these areas and you may have activity in an area not listed below. Include all activity that you believe contributes to the development of your identity as a professional counselor and as a counselor in your specialty area.
- Professional Counseling Organizations – List all the professional counseling organizations that you hold memberships in (Chi Sigma Iota, ACA, ArCA, ASCA, ArASCA, AMHCA, ArMHCA, etc).
- Professional Counseling Development Activities –Provide a list of the conferences, workshops, seminars, etc. related to counseling or other activities that contribute to personal and professional growth.
- Service to the Profession - List all volunteer and service activities that you provide (volunteer service for ArCA, the CNED program, community counseling programs i.e. NWA Rape & Crisis Center, etc. and other counseling organizations.
- Advocacy – List activity related to advocacy for the counseling profession such as wring letters to congress people or organizational leaders (local, state, or national) in support of the profession, presenting to non-counseling audiences about the counseling profession, "going to bat" for underrepresented and disadvantaged groups served by the counseling profession, etc. i.e. chronically mental ill, etc.
- Research and Scholarship – List activity commensurate with the role of a counselor-in-training (assisting faculty and others with research and scholarly activities, presentations at conferences and meetings, self-directed research, etc.).
- Counseling Related Networks – List all networks associated with counseling that you participate in such as the CNED Facebook page, other counseling related Facebook pages, counseling related student listserv i.e ACA student listserv, ACES student listserv, etc.)
- Other – List any activity not covered above that you believe contributes to the development of your identity as a professional counselor or counselor in your specialty area.
II - Counseling Core
(In each of the sub-folders listed below place a copy of the course syllabus and all completed assignments and results that relate to student learning outcomes and CACREP standards)
- CNED 5003 Counseling & Human Development
- CNED 5203 Foundations of the Counseling Profession
- CNED 5513 Diversity & Counseling
- CNED 5213 Lifestyle and Career Development
- CNED 5323 Counseling Theory
- CNED 5333 Basic Counseling Techniques
- CNED 5363 Dynamics of Group Counseling
- CNED 5303 Individual Appraisal
- ESRM 5013 Research Methods
III - The Counseling Specialty Area Folder
(In each of the sub-folders listed below place a copy of the course syllabus and all assignments and results that relate to student learning outcomes and CACREP standards)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- CNED 5193 Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- CNED 5403 Case Management and Counseling
- CNED 6003 Addiction and Counseling
- CNED 5373 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
- CNED 5383 Crisis Intervention
- CNED 5353 Psychopharmacology
- CNED 6203 Foundations of Marriage & Family Counseling
- CNED 6083 Consultation Theory & Methods
- CNED 5343 Practicum
- CNED 574V Internship
- CNED 5313 Program Organization & Information Management
- CNED 5403 Case Management
- CNED 6093 Counseling Children & Adolescents
- CNED 6083 Consultation Theory & Methods
- CNED 5343 Practicum
- CNED 574V School Counseling Internship