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 a Doctoral Program, 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 Counseling and Development Program is housed within the School of Education and has faculty from leadership positions in communities and schools.

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

Counseling as “a gift”

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New counseling professor Melchior talks about the gift of being a counselor. Read more...

Philip L. Wilkerson, selected as the George Mason University Employee of the Month for September 2019

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Philip was formally presented with this award by GMU Interim President Holton on September 3rd. Congratulations to Philip Wilkerson and University Career Services! Philip had this to say about his recent selection. Read more...