Counseling and College Student Personnel Activities and Organizations

Counseling and College Student Personnel students have many activities and opportunities outside the classroom for networking, professional development, research, and much more.

Students must become a member of at least one professional organization. Additionally, students are required to attend at least one professional conference prior to their candidacy interview. There are opportunities at the state, regional, and national level.

The department operates the Growing Edges Community Counseling Clinic, a free community clinic with counseling services provided by qualified students under the supervision of faculty members. The program is the only one of its kind in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.

The department hosts the Central Pennsylvania School Counselor Institute annually. It is usually held in March or early April. Students are encouraged to participate.

Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators. Its mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling. Upsilon is the Shippensburg University chapter.

  • Mission
    • The mission of Chi Sigma Iota is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, advocacy and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling.
  • Vision
    • CSI is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. We promote a strong professional identity through members who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity.
  • Core Values
    • Chi Sigma Iota is dedicated to excellence in counseling through the ongoing development of the person, professional, and profession. We value commitment, service, and identity.

Students are required to attend at least one professional conference prior to their candidacy interview. This may be a state, regional, or national association meeting. Students are encouraged to seek volunteer opportunities as part of their conference attendance in order to further their development as professionals. Though students are generally responsible for any travel, registration, or accommodation expenses, the department does have a few resources to assist students, particularly if students are presenting or co-presenting.

Students are prepared for professional scholarship through required course assignments and are encouraged to adapt completed coursework for presentation at professional meetings. Faculty members provide mentoring and support to students who wish to propose and submit presentations at association meetings, and often include students as co-presenters. Department faculty members frequently allow student assistance with research projects, and may include students as co-researchers and/or co-authors.

The annual Minds@Work research conference on campus is just one opportunity for students to present their work.

Students may be able to receive funding for research through:

  • Graduate Research Grant Program
    • The Graduate Research Grant Program is designed to provide financial support to graduate students for research or scholarly activities related to their program of study to enable them to better understand the scientific process, experience discovery, develop their analytical and communication skills, and gain exposure to national ideas through the presentation of the results of their research at conferences.
  • Dean's Office
    • If you have a large expense (like airfare to a national conference) that is not covered by an undergraduate research grant, the Office of the Dean might be able to help. Talk to your research mentor about applying for funding from the Dean.

Professional Organizations