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Master of Science in Addiction Counseling

2019-2020 Annual Report

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) requires that programs make certain information publicly available each year.

This report was generated using data and information from Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020. MSAC is an abbreviation for “Master of Science in Addiction Counseling”; NR = Not Reported.

Program completion rate is computed based on the retention of students during the specified academic year: (Current students + Graduates) / Total Students.

Employment rate indicates the proportion of students who secured employment within six months of graduation. The credentialing exam pass rate indicates the proportion of graduates who took and passed a counseling licensure or certification exam during the prior preceding academic year.

Past Year Student Data:

  • Currently enrolled in MSAC: 25
  • Graduates in 2019-2020: 0
  • Program Completion/Retention Rate: 92.5%
  • Employment Rate: NR
  • Credentialing Exam Pass Rate: NR

Sources of Data

  • Student performance on final internship ratings from instructors and site supervisors.
  • Admissions, enrollment, and graduation data from 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Systematic follow-up surveys of graduates regarding employment.
  • Professional Disposition Evaluations (PDE) implemented annualy, as well as within clinical courses.

Program Objectives & Major Program Activities

The program faculty engaged in a number of relevant activities during the 2019-2020 Academic year. The following are highlights of faculty engagement and accomplishments:

  • One MSAC student was named an Addiction Counseling Fellow through the National Board for Certified Counselors - Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC-MFP) for 2020.
  • Drs. Townsend and Sneed were invited to serve as expert members for the Campus Alliance for Telehealth Resources (CATR) ECHO project providing behavioral health training to school counselors and administrators via telehealth.
  • The MSAC awarded the inaugural Kitty Wilkes Endowed Scholarship for Addiction Counseling.
  • Dr. Sneed was appointed to serve as the Assistant Dean for Outcomes and Assessment for the School of Health Professions.

          MSAC Program Evaluation Findings
 

SLO 1: Educational Experiences:

MSAC students will develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to practice as qualified addiction counselors with a diverse population in a wide variety of contexts.

  1. Measure 1: Professional Development in Addiction Counseling Final Exam.
    • Target: On their first attempt, it is expected that 60% or more of students will get an 80% or higher on the exam.
    • Findings: 88.9% of students that took the exam earned an 80% or better. The pass rate for this exam was 100% (n = 9).
  2. Measure 2: Departmental Comprehensive Exam
    • Target: It is expected that 60% of students will receive or more of students will get an 80% or higher on the comprehensive exam on their first attempt. Students are also required to complete this exam as a graduation requirement.
    • Findings: All students that took the exam passed with an 80% or better (n = 3).
  3. Measure 3: Professional Disposition Evaluation
    • Target: MSAC students will pass, with a score of 3 out of 5 across all 9 categories on the Professional Disposition Evaluation (PDE) prior to graduating from the program. Scoring a 3 indicates that the student is developing toward competency, and is meeting the expectations of an addiction counseling student.
    • Findings: 100% of current MSAC students (n = 26) were evaluated in the past academic year and scored a 3 or greater across all 9 domains on the PDE. 
  4. Measure 4: Supervisory Clinical Evaluation
    • Target: 75% of MSAC students will pass, with a score of 3 or higher (on a scale from 1 to 5), in the area of Professional Issues.
    • Findings: 100% of eligible students who completed clinicals during the 2019-2020 academic year had a mean score of 3 or higher.
  5. Measure 5: Supervisor Program Evaluation Survey
    • Target: The program will receive a mean score of 3 or greater (on a scale from 1 to 5) on the Supervisor Program Evaluation Survey. The MSAC program requests clinical site supervisors to evaluate the program. These evaluations are conducted each semester.
    • Findings: A 100% response rate was achieved during the 2019-2020 academic year with a mean score of 4.                                           

SLO 2: Educational Experiences:

MSAC students will develop the ability to implement culturally responsive and ethically sound counseling practices throughout their careers.

  1. Measure 1: Professional Development in Addiction Counseling Final Exam.
    • Target: On their first attempt, it is expected that 60% or more of students will get an 80% or higher on the exam.
    • Findings: 88.9% of students that took the exam earned an 80% or better. The pass rate for this exam was 100% (n = 9).
  2. Measure 2: Professional Disposition Evaluation\
    • Target: 90% of MSAC students will pass, with a score of 3 or higher (out of 5) in the area of Multicultural Competency.
    • Findings: 100% of current MSAC students (n = 26) were evaluated in the past academic year and scored a 3 or greater for Multicultural Competency. 
  3. Measure 3: Supervisory Clinical Evaluation
    • Target: 75% of MSAC students will pass, with a score of 3 or higher (on a scale from 1 to 5), in the area of Professional Issues.
    • Findings: 100% of eligible students who completed clinicals during the 2019-2020 academic year had a mean score of 3 or higher.
  4. Measure 4: Supervisor Program Evaluation Survey
    • Target: The program will receive a mean score of 3 or greater (on a scale from 1 to 5) on the Supervisor Program Evaluation Survey. The MSAC program requests clinical site supervisors to evaluate the program. These evaluations are conducted each semester.
    • Findings: A 100% response rate was achieved during the 2019-2020 academic year with a mean score of 4.
  5. Measure 5: Departmental Comprehensive Exam
    • Target: It is expected that 75% of students will receive or more of students will get an 80% or higher on the comprehensive exam on their first attempt. Students are also required to complete this exam as a graduation requirement.
    • Findings: All students that took the exam passed with an 80% or better (n = 3).
  6. Measure 6: Exit Survey
    • Target: The MSAC graduates will report scores higher than 4.0 (out of 5) on the School of Health Professions Exit Survey. The MSAC program utilizes this survey to gauge program effectiveness from the perspective of graduates.
    • Finding: Target met – using follow-up data from AY18-19. No MSAC students graduated during the 2019-2020 AY; however at the time of the last report Exit Survey data was unavailable. The MSAC program received a rating of 5, in the prior year, indicating that the program performed very well at preparing the student(s) for the.

SLO 3: Clinical Training

MSAC students will demonstrate evidence-based addiction counseling practices in clinical training settings.

  1. Measure 1 – Supervisory Clinical Evaluation:
    • The MSAC program requires summary assessment of clinical skills during enrollment in HPAC 5314 - Practicum and HPAC 6001 - Internship. This assessment is conducted by the site supervisor.
    • Target: 75% of MSAC students will pass, with a score of 3 or higher, in the area of Professional Issues.
    • Finding: 100% of eligible MSAC students (n = 7) passed, with a score of 3 or higher on this target.
  2. Measure 2 – Supervisor Program Evaluation Survey:
    • The MSAC program requests clinical site supervisors to evaluate the program. These evaluations are conducted each semester and used in the overall program evaluation process. Data collection occurs during the HPAC 5314 - Practicum and HPAC 6001 – Internship classes.
    • Target: MSAC program will receive a mean score of 3 out of 5.
    • Finding: The MSAC program received a mean score of 4.
  3. Measure 3 - Departmental Comprehensive Exam:
    • Target: 60% of MSAC students will pass, with a score of 80% or higher.
    • Finding: 100% of MSAC students (n = 3) passed, with a score of 80% or higher.

Summary:

Overall, the MSAC program was successful during the 2019-2020 academic cycle. This cycle represented the third full year for the MSAC program. Our first large cohort has reached the clinical rotation stage and the program continues to grow. We have a total of 25 students specializing in addiction counseling, making the MSAC program the largest program of its kind in Texas. The MSAC program contributed to the overall mission of TTUHSC in several ways. First, we provide innovative training opportunities designed to positively impact the health of people struggling with addiction and behavioral health. Also, we have assisted the Office of Interprofessional Education to provide meaningful experiences to all students through faculty volunteerism. Regarding research our faculty are engaged in several projects designed to investigate, and affect, the behavioral health and wellness of children and adolescents in schools across west Texas.

A significant accomplishment for the MSAC program during this reporting cycle regards advancing through the accreditation process by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). A site visit for the final stage of the accreditation cycle has been tentatively scheduled. A second major accomplishment regards an MSAC student being awarded an Addiction Counseling Fellowship through the National Board for Certified Counselors - Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC-MFP). The fellowship is prestigious and significant, bringing honor and recognition to the recipient and TTUHSC. The award includes scholarship funds and travel expenses for the recipient. The MSAC program currently has 5 Addiction Counseling Fellows in the last two years.

The MSAC program was challenged to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in innovative ways. First, we accelerated our telehealth training for students. Next, with our departmental colleagues, we collaboratively drafted new procedures for clinical coursework in relation to modified licensure board rules and accreditation policies to support our students. The majority of our students on clinical rotations have been able to shift into telehealth to maintain progress toward their clinical course clock-hour accumulations.