M.A. in Counselor Education - Message from the Department Chair
Dear Prospective Student,
Fairfield University's programs in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepare you to utilize a humanistic growth model that emphasizes prevention, early intervention, wellness, and empowerment. In your journey through our programs you will learn the value of multicultural perspectives and their role in the counselor-client relationship and experience our profession's commitment to the whole person.
Our programs in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling are situated within a Jesuit community. As such we maintain a primary focus on issues of social justice and the use of Ignatian pedagogy in our pursuit of academic and clinical excellence and on our journey of being men and women for others. Fairfield University's Counselor Education Master's degree programs in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Our full-time faculty members, adjunct faculty, and campus and on-site supervisors are skilled educators and practitioners. They all share the belief that the counselor-client relationship forms the centrality of our profession, and they infuse this belief in their delivery of content and clinical coursework. CACREP has commended us for developing a comprehensive curriculum that reflects current counseling knowledge and notes that our practicum and internship experiences are particularly strong in both quality and amount of supervision.
Graduates of our School Counseling Program work as counselors in elementary, middle and secondary schools. Graduates of our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program work in a variety of human service settings. These include mental health centers, substance abuse treatment centers, career planning and placement centers and other community agencies offering counseling services, consultation, and prevention programs.
As you explore our website further, please contact me by e-mail if you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to meet with me.
Diana Hulse, Ed.D.
Professor and Chair