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The Master of Arts in Counseling program strives to achieve the highest standards of training for clinical mental health counselors, emphasizing professionalism, counselor identity formation, reflective self-awareness and the exploration of spirituality and values in a community environment.

Dedicated, Dynamic Faculty

Our dynamic faculty members are real-world practitioners who are dedicated to mentoring students. Whether collaborating on research endeavors, reading groups, conference presentations and attendance or clinical supervision, faculty members are committed to preparing students to be strong clinicians. Each student is paired with an advisor, and in addition to regular meetings each semester, each student receives continuous feedback regarding strengths and growing edges. All faculty members maintain a clinical practice, which contributes to an active and engaging conversation about the work of counseling.

Ethical Standards in Counseling

Our students learn about the ethical standards of the counseling profession and the American Counseling Association. Mentors encourage and guide students in the formation of their professional counselor identity, nurturing innate gifts and strengths, while cultivating new skills and the capacity to hold the complexities of the human experience. Ethics workshops are offered during the continuing education series each spring.

Program Features

The Master of Arts in Counseling program is a 60 semester hour, CACREP-accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, designed for men and women with busy lives. Our students are working individuals who need to balance work or family while returning to school. Some commute from Roanoke, Winchester, Charlottesville, and Washington D.C. to participate in our program’s cohort model and experiential training. The two-day back-to-back course schedule (usually Tuesday/Wednesday or Wednesday/Thursday) during the academic year is designed to accommodate even the busiest schedule.

Program highlights include:

  • Practical skills and training
  • Emotionally focused therapy (EFT)
  • Psychoanalytic perspectives
  • Contemplative practice and mindfulness
  • Expressive Arts
  • Focusing
  • CACREP accreditation
  • Continuing education (CE) each year for regional clinicians and practitioners
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