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Kutztown University Brings Home Counselor Education Program of the Year Award


November 10, 2014

Counseling and Student Affairs Department faculty with the PCA award

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's Counseling and Student Affairs Department is the winner of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association's (PCA) 2014 Outstanding Counselor Education Program of the Year Award. Members of the department accepted the award at a luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 8, during PCA's annual conference, held in State College, Pa.  

This recognition is a great honor and is awarded annually to an outstanding professional counseling program in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. KU's counseling program currently offers three different master's degree tracks: (1) clinical mental health counseling; (2) marriage, couple and family counseling; and (3) school counseling (Pre K - 12).  Across programs, the demand for enrollment is growing, which means the department will likely see further expansion in the future.

The department's full-time faculty contribute to the program's excellence. They are available to work with students both within the classroom, and outside of the classroom.  In addition, they serve as advisors, and help graduate students within the program manage their academics and develop a professional trajectory. All of the faculty members are also practitioners, with recent and relevant counseling experience in the field.

"I believe this program has been transformative for me in ways I never could have imagined," said Rami Steinruck, a master's degree candidate in the student affairs - college counseling [licensure] degree track. "Excellent counseling skills are regularly modeled and practiced throughout our coursework, and the dedication of the faculty to go above and beyond continually overwhelms me."