Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



retention, social integration, Counselor Education, graduate education, first year students

Subject Area

Addictions Counseling, Counselor Education, Higher Education Counseling, School Counseling


Student retention is a key issue in maintaining academic programs’ viability. This study evaluated a program designed to increase retention for first year Masters in Counseling students (N = 44). The program consisted of a series of activities developed to increase social integration with both students and faculty. Results of this study indicated that students in the cohort who participated in the program reported higher retention rates than students in the control cohort. Findings suggest that implementing a program designed to increase social integration may be a promising approach to retaining first year students in Counselor Education (CE) programs.



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