University of Lynchburg distinguishes itself as an institution that nurtures the development of professionals while contributing to the development of the organizations and community of Central Virginia.
The graduate programs in Counselor Education at University of Lynchburg contribute to this posture of professional development and service by training school and clinical mental health counselors utilizing a scholar-practitioner model comprised of both classroom and experiential pedagogy.
Counselor Education offers a program of studies that fosters personal growth and viable professional development to students from diverse backgrounds and trains them to practice competently and effectively in schools and human services agencies to meet the academic and emotional needs of children, adults, and families throughout Central Virginia.
Upon successful completion of the Counselor Education Program, all students will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of all aspects of professional functioning including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing.
- Expand the understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society.
- Gain an understanding of the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts.
- Cultivate an understanding of career development and related life factors.
- Convey an understanding of the counseling process in a multicultural society.
- Develop both theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society.
- Extend the understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society.
- Acquire an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation.
Our recent graduates from the past decade have found employment in a variety of positions and placements.
School counselors have been employed at elementary, middle and high schools throughout Lynchburg City Schools and the surrounding counties (Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell).
Clinical mental health counselors have gained employment at diverse placements such as Central Virginia Community Services, Centra Health, Lynchburg League of Therapists, and Couples & Kids. In addition, many graduates have entered private practice as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC).