Counseling psychology lab will provide hands-on experience

Apr 08, 2014

Delaware Valley College counseling psychology lab

Credit: Allure West Studios. Delaware Valley College counseling psychology students make use of the new lab on campus.
From left: undegraduate counseling students Marc Juliano '14, Sarah Stout '14 and Cara O’Donohoe '15.

Delaware Valley College’s counseling psychology students will now have access to state-of-the-art equipment that will allow them to practice their skills and receive feedback in real time. 

“Delaware Valley College is committed to growing our counseling psychology programs for both undergraduate and graduate students and this equipment is a real distinguisher for us,” said Terry Jackson, administrative director for the College’s graduate counseling psychology program.

The new lab opened in March in room 201 of The Mandell Science Building. It includes one large group room and six individual counseling labs. All the rooms have two-way glass/mirrors so students can observe mock counseling sessions or, engage in research. There are audio headsets for each lab allowing outside observers to hear what is going on. All the labs can be viewed from a command center and a microphone allows professors to speak directly to students as they practice counseling skills.

The lab is being used for clinical classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels including: Counseling Techniques, Practicum, Internship, Group Processes, Research Methods, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Senior Seminar and more.

Noldus, a world leader in behavioral science labs, installed state-of-the-art cameras and software. The contractor was Delran. The updates were completed from December 2013 through March 2014. 

“This lab is really going to enhance our counseling psychology programs and improve the students’ experience,” said Dr. Audrey Ervin, a licensed professional psychologist who is the academic program director for the College’s graduate counseling psychology program. “It is a state-of-the-art training facility where students will practice and develop counseling skills, and record sessions while they receive real-time feedback about counseling skill development.”

Unlike general psychology programs offered at other schools, DelVal’s specialized undergraduate program provides advanced training in counseling psychology so that students are better prepared to join the mental health profession. The College’s graduate program allows students to specialize in either child and adolescent counseling or, social justice community counseling. Courses are taught by practicing psychologists and professionals who are active researchers in the field.