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Student PSEA membership prepares teaching candidates to assume the responsibilities of active professional growth and collaboration in their professional careers. Members are covered by a million dollar insurance policy as they observe in area classrooms. Members compete for the Lucy Valero scholarship for student educators, and receive two publications: Voice and NEA Today which contain valuable information for the future educator.

SPSEA members develop leadership and professional opportunities. Villanova’s chapter, in partnership with the Rosemont College members, invites speakers, and offer programs on topics of interest to pre-professionals.  They also have an opportunity to attend the annual conference for Pennsylvania chapters, to meet active educators from around the state and participate in workshops and presentations.

  • Executive Board 2018-19
  • President: Jasmine Thornton
  • Vice President: Ariana Ramos
  • Treasurer: Emma Bernhard
  • Dr. Helen Lafferty, Advisor

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Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education, is dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education.   Society membership is open to junior and senior undergraduates who are Elementary and Secondary education majors and have achieved a 3.0 GPA.   Graduate students may be eligible for membership as follows: Educational Leadership and Graduate Teacher Education students who have completed 24 credits and achieved a 3.75 GPA, as well as Elementary and Secondary School Counseling students who have completed 30 credits and achieved a 3.75 GPA. Induction is held in the Spring semester.  Undergraduates need to be in the second semester of their Junior year.  The Department of Education and Human Services compiles a list of all eligible students and sends invitations for the induction ceremony.

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The Alpha Beta Gamma chapter of Chi Sigma Iota represents this honor society through Villanova’s Department of Education & Counseling. As such, members are committed to maintaining high standards of professional competence and service. Our goal is to serve others to the best of our ability and to encourage others to do the same as members of the counseling profession. Members of the Society have distinguished themselves through scholarship and professional excellence and we are thrilled that we have this opportunity to recognize the achievements that have enabled you to earn this distinction.

"Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society of professional counseling. It was established in 1985 through the efforts of leaders in the profession of counseling whose desire was to provide recognition for outstanding achievement as well as outstanding service within the profession. CSI was created for counselors-in-training, counselor educators, and professional counselors whose career commitment is to research and service through professional counseling.

Our mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling."

-Chi Sigma Iota

Alpha Beta Gamma Chapter
Benefits of CSI

Recognition and Standardization

    Because common usage of the term "counselor" can be misleading, CSI provides professional counselors with a sense of definition, unity, and legitimacy within the relatively young and emerging field of counseling

    CSI distinguishes professional counselors by their preparation at the graduate level in pursuit of both masters and doctoral degrees

    For purposes of clarity among helping professionals who use counseling as a method or its techniques, the graduate education of members of the profession of counseling are defined by the national standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Sense of Community

  • one of the largest single member organizations of professional counselors in the world
  • 14,000 active members and over 76,000 initiated members currently
  • 270 chapters in the USA, Europe, and the Philippines
  • The opt-in Counselor Registry allows members to easily locate licensed professional counselors in their area – search terms include client populations preferred and types of interventions used
  • Chi Sigma Iota Job Links provides a listing of common websites that professional counselors can use when searching for a job
  • Honor cords, stoles and other graduation regalia available for members

Research Opportunities and Grants

    CSI Chapter Grants are intended to support activities in chapters that promote and recognize excellence in the areas of leadership, professional identity, advocacy, and scholarship

  • The grants provide 50-100 dollars as seed money for chapter projects, which may include, but are not limited to, workshops and professional development activities, advocacy, leadership training, recognition of excellence, or promotion of scholarship
  • Chapters are challenged to identify projects or activities that help CSI members to enhance their professional identity and their own sense of commitment to the counseling profession and personal excellence

CSI Excellence in Counseling Research Grants Program
    Intended to support and enhance the counseling profession through targeted support of     research by CSI members

Professional Development Opportunities

  • CSI Day 2012, held during the ACA Convention in San Francisco, CA provides CSI chapter members the ability to meet other members from across the country and attend meetings, workshops, training sessions, etc. for personal and professional development
  • Access to Professional Publications & CSI Exemplar
  • CSI E-News
  • Excellence in Counseling Leadership
  • Books and Professional Resources endorsed by CSI



What is OHS?  The purpose of OHS, Organization of Human Services, is to experience and gain knowledge of different areas within the Human Service field.  In doing so, you will have fun and learn a lot about yourself as you reach out to the Villanova Community and beyond!  OHS is tailored to meet the interests of Human Service, Sociology, and Psychology majors and minors.  However, we welcome all who are interested in the Human Service field.

OHS strives to help members establish a well balanced sense of career opportunities and different aspects of the Human Service field.  Someone who is interested in working within the field of Human Services has plenty of wonderful options and opportunities to do so.

Questions?: Contact the department 610.519.4620.