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The W&M Online M.Ed. in Counseling Blog

For admissions tips, career statistics, and general thought leadership tidbits from the field, peruse our blog posts below.

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If you’re just beginning to explore grad school application deadlines, you may be surprised to learn that the academic calendar at the graduate level may not be quite as rigid as you remember it from your undergraduate years. Many graduate programs, particularly master’s degree programs aimed towa...

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Nearly all graduate schools and programs you might apply to have at least one thing in common: They will want to hear about you from those who know you best. Requesting letters of recommendation for graduate school is a rite of passage for nearly everyone who is interested in pursuing an advanced...

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What is Self-Disclosure

Self-disclosure refers generally to a counselor’s sharing of personal information to clients during or outside the counseling session. Types of counselor self-disclosure can range from the sharing of information about the counselor’s personal life and experiences to the s...

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Since 1949, thousands of people interested in pursuing graduate-level education have annually faced a common challenge: the Graduate Record Examination, or GRE.1 Administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the GRE assesses analytical writing ability and quantitative and verbal reasoni...

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Like many professionals, school counselors benefit from an environment in which they can communicate and collaborate regularly with their peers. But if you work in a small school or a sparsely populated school district, you may find yourself on your own, lacking the kind of robust community that c...

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Are you in search of professional counseling organizations, or questioning if you should even join one at all? Consider this: When English poet John Donne first coined the well-known phrase "No man is an island," he was expressing the idea that people need to be a part of a community in order to...

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If you want to learn how to help veterans, active-duty service members and military families address the harrowing mental health issues that can arise from military service, consider pursuing a career in military and veterans counseling. Military and veterans counselors provide crucial support a...

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Discover Traditional and Alternative Careers for Counselors

What can you do with a master’s in counseling? In short, a counseling master’s degree opens the door to many fulfilling careers assisting people through mental, emotional and physical struggles. And with career growth for mental health...

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The decision to attend graduate school, whether for a master’s in professional counseling or any other advanced degree, can be both exhilarating and daunting. But if you have ambition, a financial plan, discipline and a passion for bettering the lives of others, a master’s in professional counseli...

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By Charles "Rip" McAdams, Ed.D.
Professor and Chair, School Psychology and Counselor Education
William & Mary

Professional counselors apply a variety of clinical approaches in their work, and there are hundreds of clinical counseling approaches to choose from. The most recent edition of The SAGE...

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