Counseling Program Goals

The Master of Education in Counseling program prepares counselors who are reflective, collaborative, and justice-oriented practitioners, who 

  • Engage in multiple contexts to promote the social emotional growth and development of individuals, groups, families, and organizations.
  • Critically and intentionally utilize multiple theories of counseling and human development and multiple sources of evidence to inform and develop their own practice and to promote growth and positive change.
  • Interrogate their own biases and social location to actively pursue culturally responsive practice and to contribute collaboratively to the ongoing work of equity.

The liberal arts mission of the university shapes our focus on critical analysis, rich knowledge of self and others, and apt written and oral expression with a particular emphasis on writing that is grounded in the day-to-day world of education – planning documents, analyses of student work, and reflections on practice.

The School Counseling and Mental Health Programs are intentionally designed to support candidates to enact the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics.

The Washington Administrative Code W.A.C. includes standards for program approval. The School Counseling Program is intentionally designed to support candidates to meet the standards for school counselor certification. The University of Puget Sound is currently seeking Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation and had aligned the program with CACREP standards.