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

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...

C&D Students and Faculty Advocate on Legislative Day 2020

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GMU Counseling and Development Program students and faculty advocate for school counselors on Legislative Day 2020 with the Virginia School Counselor Association in Richmond. Read more...

Lessons from the Trenches

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Professor Stephanie Dailey brings rich local counseling experience into her Mason classroom. Read more...