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Beta Chi Honor Society

Beta Chi is the John Carroll chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for academic and professional excellence in counseling. CSI promotes a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity.

Beta Chi’s mission is to provide a resource for the development of professional affiliations in the Cleveland area, exposure to diverse populations through service, professional development through mentoring opportunities, and support for academic achievement in research.

Beta Chi is an award-winning, active chapter that sponsors many events, including the Annual Wellness Conference, speaker events, and fundraisers for mental health-related charities. Members of Beta Chi must possess a 3.5 GPA or higher and have completed 9 credit hours of coursework.

If you are interested in becoming involved in Beta Chi, please contact us at BetaChi@jcu.edu.

Beta Chi Mentoring Program

In addition to sponsoring events, Beta Chi hosts a Mentoring Program connecting incoming first-year students with successful upperclassmen. This program helps to build camaraderie amongst students and staff, and helps new students transition into graduate school. Applications for interested mentors and mentees are now being accepted.

First-year counseling students are provided transition assistance, academic support, resources, and networking opportunities amongst students, faculty, and staff. Individual mentoring forms the core of this program, which entails monthly face-to-face contact with a mentee, as well as weekly check-ins by phone, email, or text.

The Beta Chi Mentoring Program aligns with the mission of the University and the Counseling Department to train “persons for others,” by creating a collaborative environment in which second-year and above students contribute to the development of new and/or struggling counseling students. This collaborative atmosphere helps new students to “learn the ropes,” while enhancing their sense of competence, identity, and connection. Both mentors and mentees are encouraged to participate actively in both Beta Chi and other Department of Counseling events.

If you are interested in participating in the program, please complete the appropriate application form listed below. Note that mentors should possess a GPA of 3.75, have completed CG 562 (Counseling Techniques), and have completed at least 18 credit hours.

The following are forms to complete during your mentoring program. Mentors should submit the Mentoring Contract at the beginning of the mentoring relationship. Both mentors and mentees should submit a brief Monthly Tracking Form each month.

Please complete the appropriate evaluation form at the end of your mentoring program.

If you have questions about the Beta Chi Mentoring Program, please contact the Mentoring Coordinator at betachi@jcu.edu.

Professional Organizations

Many students also choose to become active in local, state, and national organizations such as the American Counseling Association, American School Counselor Association, Ohio Counseling Association, and Ohio School Counselor Association.