Competency Evaluation Policy and Procedures

Students should be aware that while they are enrolled in the Counseling Program at Loyola University New Orleans, faculty members conduct an ongoing evaluation of the student’s cognitive and psychological capacity to perform the minimal competencies of a professional counselor. It is important to note that even though the student may be evidencing satisfactory performance in academic coursework, student behaviors may be deemed inappropriate for practice in the profession of counseling (see Informed Consent in Appendix IX). Faculty members have adopted the following policy in order to fulfill their professional responsibility to protect the rights of the community, other candidates enrolled in the program, as well as those of the student.

Faculty will conduct an ongoing assessment of:

• Class behaviors
• Interactions with other students
• Ability to listen and hear others
• Acceptance of feedback
• Trust level
• Appropriateness of remarks
• Ability to contribute to class discussions
• Communication of ideas

If in the professional judgment of a department faculty member, a student’s behavior is deemed either unethical and/or potentially harmful to himself or herself or others, the following steps will be taken:

• The faculty member who has become aware of a problem will meet with the student and offer suggestions for possible changes in the student’s behavior.
• The faculty member will fill out a Professional Counseling Performance Evaluation to be given to the student and a copy will be made for the student’s file. See evaluation in Appendix VII.
• If the problem is not resolved, the faculty member will consult with other professors in the department regarding the student’s case to determine the most suitable course of action.
• If the problem continues, the faculty member will write a letter to the Counseling Chair concerning the meeting with the student. A copy of this letter will be sent to the student.
• After monitoring the student’s progress, should the Chair deem the student’s problem to be serious enough in nature, the Chair will appoint a committee composed of three current, regular program faculty members to investigate all aspects of the situation. The student will have the opportunity to appear before the committee. The Chair will report the findings to the program faculty.
• Based on the findings of the committee, the program faculty will participate in making recommendations for further action or a final decision. The student will be informed in writing of the department’s recommendation or decision.
• The student may be requested to attend individual or group counseling with documentation of attendance.

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