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Mission Statement for the Department of Counseling

 The mission of the Department of Counseling is to create an environment conducive to spirituality, self-examination, collaboration, and reflection for the development and growth of professional counselors who are leaders and advocates within communities and various school settings. These counselors will optimize individual development and emotional and spiritual health within these communities and various school settings through their leadership, advocacy, and spirituality.

 Degrees Offered: 

The Department of Counseling offers an experiential focused curriculum leading to a Master of Arts degree in four counseling areas, the Education Specialist degree in Counseling, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision:

  • General Counseling (Does not meet Virginia requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor)
  • School Counseling
  • Student Affairs/College Student Development
  • Community Mental Health Counseling
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Addiction Counseling
  • Educational Specialist
  • Doctor of Philosophy Counselor Education and Supervision

Currently, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs has accredited the School, Student Affairs, Community Mental Health and Community Mental Health Pastoral concentrations. Programs are accredited until 2023.


Method of Instruction Delivery

With the exception of General Counseling, all Master of Arts courses are delivered face-to-face in either a lecture or tutorial format. General Counseling and Education Specialist programs are delivered face-to-face and online. The Doctor of Philosophy courses are delivered in hybrid fashion—face-to-face and online.

 Student Accomplishments:

 Two student poster presentations accepted for February 2017 Virginia Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Meeting.

 Students volunteered at Colony Friends Church to help improve their facilities.

 Students volunteered at overnight homeless shelters in the City of Newport News during winter of 2017.

 Three students attended the American Counseling Association Annual Meeting in Canada.

 Faculty Accomplishments:

 Faculty from the Department of Counseling perform as reviewers for grants, publications and serve on editorial boards for journals.