Assessment- Testing- and Program Evaluation

Assessment, Testing, and Program Evaluation


Friday, March 28
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Program ID #417, Poster Area 1
Development of the Research Competencies Scale: A Measure of Students’ and Counselor Educators’ Research Competencies

30-Minute Poster Session
Jacqueline M. Swank, Glenn W. Lambie 
Competent researchers are needed in counselor education to produce sound research, supporting empirically based counseling services for practitioners. This poster introduces the Research Competencies Scale, an assessment designed for measuring doctoral students’ and counselor educators’ levels of research competencies (research inquiry/literature reviews, research methodology/processes, research ethics, and dissemination of research/scholarly writing).


Friday, March 28
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Program ID #442, Poster Area 10
Sense of Purpose Scale: A Validation Study

30-Minute Poster Session
Zi Young Kang 
Purpose refers to a stable and generalized intention to accomplish something that is meaningful to the self and of consequence to the world beyond the self (Damon, Menon, & Bronk, 2003). Many empirical studies have demonstrated the positive role of purpose. Yet, remarkably little empirical work has investigated the development of purpose or ways to foster purpose among young people. The presenters will introduce the Sense of Purpose Scale that was designed to be a brief measure for evaluation of interventions and for various research purposes. Information about the scale development process and the psychometric properties of the scale will be provided. We also will discuss ways in which counselors can enhance people’s sense of purpose.


Friday, March 28
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Program ID #449, Poster Area 1
The ACA Center: A Place To Empower Members with Innovative and Best Practices

30-Minute Poster Session
Will Stroble 
As ACA continues to offer new benefits and services to its members, the ACA Center for Counseling Practice, Policy, and Research was conceived and developed to be the premier place to obtain information and resources that focus on cutting-edge counseling practices and to be the focus of the counseling profession’s advocacy efforts for improved and high-quality workforce conditions. This poster will discuss the services that are housed within the center to inform members about how these services can be of benefit to them. Leave with a renewed and invigorated spirit about the future direction of the counseling profession, and where the center hopes to position itself as it takes its place in our professional organization’s history books.


Friday, March 28
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

AARC Session
Program ID #459, Poster Area 11
Utilizing Experts To Construct an Instrument: A Delphi Study To Construct a Measure for Spiritual Competence in Counseling

30-Minute Poster Session
Christopher Christmas 
Learn to conduct a Delphi study, a technique used to address complex problems with inherent uncertainty. At a basic level, the Delphi technique is a form of structured group communication in which the researcher determines the investigative focus. The presenters will describe a Delphi study conducted using online surveying software for three rounds of data collection plus a round for feedback from the Delphi panelists about the study. Issues covered include determining the experts, assembling the Delphi panel, communicating with panelists, and analyzing and reporting qualitative and quantitative data. The poster covers strengths, limitations and implications for future studies using the Delphi method.

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Advance Rates Thru 2/15/14

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Day: $170
Evening: $125

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