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Program Benchmarks for Department of Counseling Psychology


  1. Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  2. Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  3. Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  4. Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  5. Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  6. Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  7. Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  8. Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.



  1. Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  2. Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  3. Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences


Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.