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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.

Counseling the History

School counseling arose as a discipline in response to the Industrial Revolution more than 100 years ago. The history of school counseling can be traced across the development of several counseling models, as educators and politicians have debated the exact nature and purpose of the school couns...

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Avoid Counselor Burnout

The realities of on-the-job stressors are present in almost every occupation, which means the signs of job burnout are equally present. They can have a significant impact on how well mental health professionals are able to do their jobs. However, for health care professionals, on-the-job performan...

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If you are pursuing a graduate course of study in counseling, you may have your sights set on increasing your knowledge of practical theory, such as theoretical orientation. Understanding the theories themselves is vital, but understanding and developing your personal theoretical orientation in coun...

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McAdams Charles

Rip McAdams, Ed.D., faculty member and chair of the Department of School Psychology and Counselor Education at William & Mary, shares why he became a counselor. From his beginnings as a hopeful marine biologist to his Naval career to how he developed counseling skills over long hours working at a ...

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Blog Critical Advances

During the past decade, some important achievements have been made that greatly benefit the work of clinical mental health counselors. These include the establishment of counseling licensure in all 50 states; the approval of mental health counselors for employment by the Veterans Administration;...

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by Madeline Vann, M.Ed. '19 | December 4, 2018

Patrick Mullen

The Locke-Paisley Outstanding Mentoring Award was given to Patrick Mullen, assistant professor of counselor education in the William & Mary School of Education, during the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) ann...

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WM-Counseling-ProcessesSkills

The American Counseling Association (ACA) defines counseling as the process of building therapeutic relationships that help individuals reach goals in their mental health, education and/or careers. Counseling is a collaborative partnership between counselor and client, in which the client can be a...

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Thoughtful and impactful counselors understand that it is critically important to develop a bond of trust and respect with their clients. It is this bond that frees clients to feel as though they can be open and vulnerable without fearing judgment or a betrayal of confidence.

To help professional...

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Applications to graduate degree programs tend to require more details than undergraduate applications, in large part because graduate admissions review committees are interested in a much more holistic picture of you. Thus, as part of your graduate school application package, most universities will...

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Job Outlook for Counselors

If you are called to serve others, then perhaps you’ve already made the choice to become a counselor. Even so, you may be wondering what the job prospects are for you if you pursue a career in this field. Fortunately, in addition to being professionally and personally fulfilling, counseling is on...

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