Margo A. Jackson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at GSE, was selected to serve on the national Master’s Competencies Workgroup, co-sponsored by American Psychological Association Society of Counseling Psychology and the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP), with Drs. Michael Scheel (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), James Lichtenberg (University of Kansas), and Nadya Fouad (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). The group drafted and disseminated for public comment the document Competencies in Professional Counseling and Human Services, a developmental grid for master’s training with a rating scale and behavioral examples. The document built on the foundation of the APA Benchmark Competencies for doctoral training in professional psychology and included proposed alignment with accreditation standards of the Master’s Council of Counseling Accreditation. Dr. Jackson et al. gave a presentation at the CCPTP Midwinter Conference in Miami, FL in February, titled “Future of Counseling Psychology in Schools of Education: Endorsement of the Master’s Training Competencies.” The master’s training competencies grid document was then endorsed by a vote of the CCPTP membership.
Dr. Jackson also co-authored with Fordham University alum Jonathan P. Rust, Ph.D. (now an assistant professor of psychology and counseling at the State University of New York at New Paltz) an article on the results of his dissertation study, titled “Biculturalism, Cultural Identity, Self-esteem, and Academic Achievement of African American High School Students.” Along with co-authors Drs. Joseph Ponterotto and Fran Blumberg, the article was published in the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.