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Counselor education programs

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Eleven current counselor education students and more than 20 alumni presented at the 2016 Virginia School Counselor Association conference.
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Dr. Andrew Daire, Dean of the VCU School of Education, connects with current counselor education students at the annual John Cook lecture. A counselor educator himself, Daire provided the keynote address at the lecture.
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Second-year doctoral student Tom Mitchell presents his poster at the 2016 Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision conference.
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Dr. Philip Gnilka joined the counselor education faculty in the fall 2016. His research interests include perfectionism, stress, coping and wellness.

The Counselor Education program at Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to excellence in the initial preparation and continuing development of professionals in the counseling field.

Thanks to the university’s urban setting, the program provides graduate students with research-based professional studies and clinical experiences necessary for effective counseling, advocacy and leadership in diverse geographic and socioeconomic settings.

Specifically, the program prepares counselors with the specialized knowledge and skills required for placement in elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as postsecondary educational institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia and throughout the nation.

Mission statement

The Counselor Education program at Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to excellence in the preparation and continuing development of professionals in counseling and counselor education. The program provides graduate students with research-based professional and clinical experiences necessary for effective counseling, supervision, teaching, advocacy and leadership in diverse settings.

Program objectives

  • Students will obtain theoretical knowledge in the areas of individual and group counseling, human development, multicultural and career counseling that is grounded in research and reflective of current national and state standards.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in counseling, assessment and consultation skills in pk-12 school and higher education settings.
  • Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills to be critical consumers of research in their roles as counselors.
  • Students will develop and demonstrate advocacy and leadership skills through their professional development and extracurricular learning activities.
  • Students will continue their personal and professional development by adhering to the professional ethical codes of professional counseling organizations and the counselor education program dispositions.

Connect with us

For more information about our program, please contact:

Philip B. Gnilka, Ph.D.
Assistant professor and Counselor Education program coordinator
Phone: (804) 828-1332
Email: pbgnilka@vcu.edu

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