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Demonstration of meeting the 2014 Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs Core and the Student Affairs/College Counseling Specialty Standards via Five Major Artifacts

I wrote five major artifacts that address the 2014 Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Standards. Within these artifacts I demonstrated my knowledge and application of my counseling skills and student affairs strategies and interventions. Diversity Workshops to Decrease Racism on College Campuses artifact addresses CACREP's Core 2 standard. It reviews and examines the current research available on racism on college campuses and students' understanding of individual and group privilege. Mandating participation in diversity workshops for all incoming college students is recommended to increase awareness of individual and group privilege, levels of racism on college campuses will decrease. Female Veteran Students' Transition to College Life artifact addresses CACREP's Core 3 standard. This major artifact reviews and critically examines research on female veteran students' identity issues as encountered during their transition to civilian life and higher education. The incorporation of narrative therapy as part of the standard for working with female student veterans can lead to improved experiences with identity transition and development for these students. Students with Disabilities Employment Level Increases with Career Self-Efficacy major artifact addresses CACREP's Core 4 standard. This artifact focuses on the low employment rate of students with disabilities and their post-secondary transitions. The development of career self-efficacy through differentiated counseling interventions can improve the likelihood of students with disabilities to gain employment upon graduation. Minority Students Access to Completion of a College Degree major artifact addresses CACREP's Specialty D standard. This artifact reviews and critically examines research on multicultural competence of academic counselors when addressing minority students' access to college degree completion. College counselors can use Schlossberg's (1989) Mattering and Marginality theory to help support minority students who may feel marginalized and to help them feel connected to the institution. Social Support Increases International Students Well-being major artifact addresses CACREP's Specialty E standard. This artifact discusses the challenges that international students encounter while attending colleges and universities in the United States and the negative impact it has on their psychological well-being. College counselors and student affairs professionals implementing interventions such as support groups for international students can increase their psychological well-being.

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