Additional Program Initiatives
In addition to a comprehensive program taught by experienced and accomplished faculty members, our program also includes specific initiatives designed to give graduate students comprehensive learning experiences:
Monmouth Future Scholars Program
Monmouth Future Scholars is an academic mentoring program with the goal of increasing the numbers of low-income, first generation students graduating from high school. It is a pre-college bridge program that targets the 6th through 12th grade population of students in Long Branch Public School District. To support this endeavor, student interns from the Educational Counseling program are placed at the Long Branch middle and high schools to provide counseling and support services in small groups and individual meetings. Topics focused on time management, study skills, and other college and career readiness subjects are discussed on a weekly basis.
Violence Prevention and Early Intervention Program
To deal with a critical issue, this program focuses on social skills, violence prevention, and an anti-bullying skills for elementary school students. This program involves students from (EDC 550 Counseling At-Risk Students and Families) where we provide weekly, group counseling sessions on violence prevention with elementary school students.
IDEA Exchange Program
This program is designed for opportunities for education professionals in the school and university level to discuss current issues/ strategies, collaborate, and engaged new ideas for interventions and teaching competencies. Students, counselors, and alumni are selected to lead groups at each level (elementary, middle, high school, university).
Central Jersey Consortium for Excellence
This initiative focuses on educational training and workshops in areas of social justice, culturally inclusive practices in counseling and teaching. Numerous school districts participate in the consortium. As an example, the consortium includes topics such as “Cultural competence with Latino/a Students in K-12 School Settings.”
Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society
Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. It promotes a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity.
Chi Sigma Alpha Counseling Honor Society for Counselors
Chi Sigma Alpha, the international honor society for student affairs, serves to recognize our top students and offer professional development and support to program students.