The intent of the comprehensive written and oral examination is to provide a more comprehensive evaluation of the studentâ€™s knowledge in the field of counseling, counselor education, and supervision than can be completed in an individual course. The comprehensive written and oral examination is to be taken at the completion of the studentâ€™s course work (CHDS 88292 Internship In CHDS may be incomplete at the time of the comprehensive examination); that is, the course work listed as part of the Prospectus & Residency Plan must be completed before the student is eligible to take the comprehensive written and oral examination. Application and clearance for the comprehensive written and oral examination occurs through the Graduate Student Services Office (418 White Hall).
The Comprehensive Exam Application Packet is to be completed and submitted to the Graduate Student Services Office in order to initiate the application process and is available in the Graduate Student Services Office (418 White Hall). At the time the student applies for the comprehensive examination, she or he will also form the comprehensive examination committee. For the â€œwritten portionâ€ of the examination this committee includes two CHDS advisors (identified in the Comprehensive Exam Application Packet) and for the â€œoral portionâ€ of the examination this committee includes two CHDS advisors plus one â€œoutsideâ€ faculty member (from â€œoutsideâ€ the CHDS Program) (also identified in the Comprehensive Exam Application Packet). Upon successful completion of the â€œwritten portionâ€ and â€œoral portionâ€ of the comprehensive examination, the student may register for (or be registered for) CHDS 80199 Dissertation I.
In the CHDS Ph.D. program, students complete a three-day â€œwritten portionâ€ of the comprehensive examination (students must use a computer to complete this portion of the examination) in a proctored setting. Students will have a maximum of four hours (total) each day writing their responses. The two CHDS faculty advisors help prepare the student for the five areas to be covered on the â€œwritten portionâ€ of the examination. The CHDS faculty advisors write and grade the â€œwritten portionâ€ of the examination. Both CHDS faculty advisors must indicate a satisfactory performance on the â€œwritten portionâ€ of the examination before the student can schedule the â€œoral portionâ€ of the examination. For the â€œoral portionâ€ the two CHDS faculty advisors assist the student with identifying one â€œoutsideâ€ faculty member (from â€œoutsideâ€ the CHDS Program) to serve on the â€œoral portionâ€ of the comprehensive examination. For the student to successfully complete the oral examination there must be no more than one negative vote.
Each semester the rooms used for the comprehensive examination may change; as a result, once notified of being cleared to sit for the comprehensive examination the student needs to contact the CHDS Program Office (310 White Hall, 330-672-2662) to be informed of the exact location of the â€œwritten portionâ€ of the examination. The comprehensive examination will be offered two times during the academic year: early in January and late in August. Exact dates will be posted in the Counseling and Human Development Services Office, 310 White Hall, at the beginning of the academic year (September of each year).
Once the â€œwritten portionâ€ of the examination has been completed, the two advisors from the CHDS Ph.D. program may determine that the student has successfully passed the written examination and is ready for the oral examination, or they may determine that there is a deficiency and that a re-writing is necessary. A deficiency is thought to exist when one or more of the five answers are graded as unsatisfactory.
There are five areas of the CHDS Doctoral Comprehensive Examinations:
Below are some general guidelines to help prepare for the written portion of the examination:
When studying, please refer to the 2009 CACREP doctoral standards. The examinations in CHDS have been developed around the 2009 CACREP doctoral standards. In addition, the following questions have been developed to help studentâ€™s study for five sections of the written comprehensive examinations.
Compare and contrast three major counseling theories. Ensure that the three theories you choose are distinct from each other. Please include the following in your response:
Respond to the following regarding teaching in a graduate level counseling program:
Please provide a brief (thorough yet concise) description of the purposes of clinical supervision.
Compare and contrast three models of clinical supervision. Choose one model from each of the following areas:
When comparing and contrasting these three models, please respond to the following:
According to CACREP (2009) â€œit is expected that doctoral students will have experiences designed to help themâ€¦ develop an area of professional counseling expertiseâ€ (p. 53). This question infuses the notion that you have obtained a level of expertise in a particular area in counseling, you have provided a level of leadership in the counseling profession, and you can critique / evaluate the effectiveness of services you deliver. Please address the following:
Note: Students will have a maximum of four hours to respond to this portion of the examination. Be prepared to fully respond to all of the below areas:
Area 1: Quantitative Research:
Area 2: Qualitative Research:
Area 3: Instrument Design: Describe an instrument (e.g., survey, objective personality inventory, diagnostic screening, symptom checklist, etc.) that might be used in a quantitative research study. Describe issues related to instrument design that should be considered when evaluating the appropriateness of the instrument for a quantitative research study, e.g., theoretical considerations in designing the instrument, use of norming groups, multicultural issues, issues of reliability and validity, etc.
Area 4: Research Development: Organize and plan a qualitative, quantitative, or â€œQâ€ research study in the area of counseling or counselor education. Specifically, describe the following: