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 SRU counseling department selected as best in Pennsylvania 



December 13, 2006
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SRU counseling department selected as best in Pennsylvania

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University’s counseling and development department was presented the “Outstanding Counselor Education Program” award from the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, an advocacy organization, at its 38th annual conference. The association picked one university for the top award from among 25 counselor educator programs in the state./font>

    The award cited the graduate-level College of Education department as a whole and its emphasis on preparing students for several counseling fields. Graduates work as guidance counselors for grades K-12, in various roles at universities and as professional counselors at human services agencies and hospitals.

    This is the second time SRU’s department received the award. The first one was in 2002, said Donald Strano, associate professor counseling and development, at SRU. With 150 students enrolled, the department offers masters degrees in community counseling, school counseling and student affairs in higher education.

    “Students in all three programs do extensive internships, completing 700 hours of field experience in an actual work setting,” he said. SRU provides internship placements at drug and alcohol treatment centers and other facilities.

    He said student affairs graduates work in university offices such as career services, residence life, counseling offices and student services for those with disabilities.

     The Pennsylvania Counseling Association, the state branch of the American Counseling Association, represents 21,000 counselors working in the state, according to its Web site.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.

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