Counseling and Testing Center
Campus Box 8027
Personal Counseling Services
At times, a student's academic success may be negatively affected by psychological, emotional and interpersonal stress. To assist students in coping with these issues or to help them decide upon appropriate resources, the Counseling and Testing Center provides personal counseling and individual assessments. After the initial assessment of the student's counseling concerns, focused personal counseling services may be provided or a referral may be made. Crisis intervention and consultation with concerned faculty and staff regarding student's needs are two other important services available through the Counseling and Testing Center.
Credit courses, which currently include Stress Management, Self-fulfilling Behavior, and Career and Life Planning, are also taught by counseling staff. In addition, many personal development groups are offered each semester on such topics as: assertiveness, couples communication skills, interpersonal communication skills, self-esteem, grief, alcohol/drug issues, stress, procrastination, anger, and personality styles. Women's and Men's support groups are also part of the Counseling Center services.
Most services are on an appointment or sign-up basis. Because there are often waiting lists for individual counseling, students are urged to schedule appointments as early as possible. Individual counseling, personal development and support groups are available to, and free for, ISU students (paying full-time fees), faculty, and staff.
ISU counselors and psychologists have graduate degrees and annually attend continuing education seminars. They have all passed certification tests and continuing education standards set by the National Board of Certified Counselors or the American Psychological Association and are licensed by the State of Idaho as counselors or psychologists.
Our graduate intern counselors who are pursuing masters or doctorate level degrees also work in the Center and are regularly supervised by appropriately trained staff.
Career Counseling Services
The great majority of college students change their majors; many do so several times. Since selecting a major and evaluating occupational choices are essential tasks for students, ISU provides career counseling to help with this complex process. Research shows that students who have completed a career counseling process or a course are more likely to graduate.
The career counseling available to current students and prospective students is designed to clarify appropriate career options by assessing personal interests, abilities, values, and life preferences. Our nationally certified and state licensed career counselors work with clients utilizing interest inventories, a computerized career information system, a comprehensive career library, and individual and group career counseling. A one-credit course, "Career and Life Planning," is offered in addition to short workshops on making career and college major choices.
Moderate fees cover the cost of testing, computer guidance, and printing. Otherwise there are no fees for students. Non-students are also welcome to use these career counseling services.
The Center administers over 50 national and several institutional tests including: ISU Math and English placement exams; college entrance exams (ACT); college credit through examination programs (CLEP); high school equivalency exams (GED); graduate school admissions exams (GRE); professional school admission exams (LSAT, GMAT, MAT, etc.); teacher certification, (NTE); professional certification exams (Real Estate, Social Work, Dental Hygiene, etc.); correspondence tests; and some ISU departmental exams (library skills, English placement, etc.). Personality inventories and career tests may be offered in conjunction with counseling. Fees vary with each test.
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Revised: May 5, 1995