With expert consultancy from Noldus, Delaware Valley University has created a state-of-the-art training facility for their Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program. In this program, students specialize in either child and adolescent counseling, or social justice community counseling. Throughout their training, graduate students are continually engaged in counseling, outreach, and advocacy.
Multi-room, fully-equipped training space
Funded by internal money from the University, this new facility took an outdated laboratory facility and turned it into a multi-room, fully-equipped training space for students as they train to become professional counselors. As the first client in the world to install and use Viso software, in any type of facility, the faculty at Delaware Valley University has proven their dedication to using innovative technology to train new counselors.
The facility consists of a large conference room, six small counseling rooms, and a control room. Within the small counseling rooms, both undergraduate and graduate counseling psychology students practice mock individual and group counseling sessions to apply their growing counseling skills. Additionally, mock intakes and assessments are carried out by the counseling students.
Control, record, debrief
Located in the control room, Viso is at the heart of the training facility. A multi-room, multi-video recording software, Viso allows the faculty and trainers to record all sessions, particularly the mock counseling sessions, carried out in the facility. Faculty are able to easily record from any room in the training facility, at any time, even while sessions are occurring in other rooms at the same time. All recordings are carried out from a single control room, which enables faculty and trainers to quickly and easily schedule and carry out recordings. Equipping the facility with viewer licenses allows faculty and students to quickly debrief at the end of an interview to discuss the session; immediate feedback is of utmost importance in training the counseling psychology students.
With the Viso system installed in the Counseling Psychology training facility since early 2014, Delaware Valley University will remain at the forefront of training counselors. No other college or university in the United States currently houses this type of facility, allowing for such detailed mock sessions to take place during the academic year. Currently, the faculty are continuing to record and assess mock sessions with the start of the new academic year; future plans include expanding use to other programs and departments at Delaware Valley, and possibly allowing outside agencies to use the facility for mock interview sessions as well.