Counseling Program Goals

The intent of the Counseling program is to prepare counselors who can be successful in a variety of settings. Specifically, the School seeks to prepare counselors who

  • Promote counselee growth and development by intervening in multiple contexts with individuals, groups, families, and organizations.
  • Understand and can apply multiple theories of counseling and human development to promote positive change.
  • Use multiple sources of information, including data and other evidence, codes of ethics, and relevant laws and policies, to promote counselee growth, inform their own practice, and advance the profession.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with all stakeholders.

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.