School of Education - George Mason University

Counseling and Development

The Counseling and Development Program prepares counselors to promote the social, psychological, physical, and spiritual health of individuals, families, communities, and organizations for the advancement of global well being.

The Counseling and Development Program offers Master's Degree Programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, as well as Post-Master's Licensure Programs for aspiring Licensed Professional Counselors and School Counselors.

The program infuses the following key tenets throughout the curriculum: social justice, multiculturalism, internationalism, advocacy, and leadership.

Program Mission

The Counseling and Development Program is committed to preparing counselors who promote the social, psychological, physical, and spiritual health of individuals, families, communities, and organizations in order to contribute to the advancement of global well being. The program strives for national and international excellence in implementing a counseling perspective which provides a foundation in basic counseling skills and focuses on social justice, multiculturalism, internationalism, advocacy and leadership. It is our belief that a global perspective on development across the life span, and an understanding and appreciation of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice are integral to the preparation of professional counselors, requiring that professional counselors are prepared to assume leadership roles, be proactive change agents and become advocates for social, economic and political justice. The program is committed to accomplish this mission by working through interdisciplinary teams as well as promote the interconnectedness of teaching, research, service and professional practice. Through this mission faculty will facilitate a continued tradition of international, national and regional leadership through the development of collaborative partnerships and projects, research, publications, presentations, consultation, and training.

News and Announcements

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Martin Abruzzo on his recent recognition as one of the top 10 Academic Advisors at GMU!

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Marty Abruzzo is an alumnus of the Counseling Program and now serves Mason as the Student Services Coordinator with the School of Integrative Studies in the College of Humanities and Social Read more...

VSCA: Tough Kids, Cool Counseling

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Mason School Counseling Master’s program students attend the Virginia School Counselor Association’s Spring Symposium workshop Tough Kids, Cool Counseling with Dr. John Sommers-Flanagan in Richmond, VA. Read more...

Celebrating National School Counselor Week 2020

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GMU Counseling and Development Program students and faculty celebrate National School Counselor Week 2020. Read more...