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Mental Health Counseling Program Awarded by PCA


October 20, 2021

Recently, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)’s Master's in Mental Health Counseling program was awarded the 2021 Outstanding Counselor Education award by the Pennsylvania Counseling Association. This award is presented to an outstanding counseling program in the State of Pennsylvania.

Lisa Corbin, PhD, will accept the 2021 Outstanding Counselor Education award at the PCA Conference“I’m really proud of the work our team has done to receive this award,” shared Lisa Corbin, PhD, director, counseling programs. “Though we are a smaller program, with only four dedicated faculty members, we’ve done a lot in the past few years to ensure the highest quality of education for our students. We are proud to have created a space where students feel safe, connected and satisfied. Also, we are excited to see this program continue to grow in the way it has. This year we have our largest class to date, up 35%. This award is also very important, as we are working towards full program accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and this award is a tribute to our hard work,” continued Dr. Corbin.

PCOM's mental health counseling faculty are shown with the PCA award.The mental health counseling program features a number of unique benefits for students, including the Standardized Training and Evaluation of Psychologists and Psychotherapists (STEPPS), a performance-based program that provides the opportunity for students to practice their clinical skills and receive feedback from counseling standardized patients. Students in their second year of the mental health counseling program also participate in six Interprofessional Education (IPE) experiences in which they interact with and learn from students in the osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies and clinical psychology programs. During these IPE’s, students actively participate in group discussions based on case studies, engage in another STEPPS simulation and create a wellness office in which they integrate each of their areas of specialty.

Program faculty have also contributed to the success of the program. For instance, Marcella Rolle, PhD, assistant professor, counseling, established and runs a people of color group; Joseph Charette, MSEd, assistant professor, counseling, created and facilitated a personal growth group and Scott Glassman, PsyD, clinical associate professor, clinical psychology, continues to incorporate students into the Happier You program.

Dr. Corbin and faculty will accept the award on behalf of the mental health counseling program at the 2021 PCA Conference, held on November 13, 2021. At this time, Dr. Corbin will also address conference attendees.

According to their website, the PCA is a State Branch of the American Counseling Association. The organization’s primary goal is to promote and support the competent, ethical, and culturally inclusive practice of professional counseling in Pennsylvania and advocate for the counselors and clients they serve. As a member of PCA, Corbin has served as conference chair and currently serves on the conference planning committee. Corbin was also instrumental in resurrecting the Greater Philadelphia Area Counseling Association (GPACA) and served as the chapter’s first president when it was reinstated, as secretary for 2019-2020 and is currently serving again as president.

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