Department of Counseling & Human Development

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Help Navigate Life's Obstacles

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) within the George Washington University will prepare you to provide critical counseling care and to become a practitioner, researcher, scholar, and leader in the profession.

Whether working with youth, in a clinical setting or in career and workforce development, our variety of programs and specialties will help you contribute to human development and assist a diverse range of communities with the different transitions that occur, ultimately enhancing their quality of life.

 

 

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 Find the Degree that Matches Your Counseling Career Goals

 

 

Master's Degrees

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students gain hands-on, practical experience, whether interning at our Community Counseling Services Center or at one of numerous other counseling settings. The program prepares graduates to enter the counseling profession in a variety of human service settings.
*The GRE is optional for students applying to enter the program in 2023.

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Rehabilitation Counseling

- On-Campus or Online -

The master's program in Rehabilitation Counseling provides a clinical foundation for serving persons with disabilities facing physical, mental, emotional, or social challenges. Courses are scheduled once a week in late afternoons and evenings (Monday-Thursday) to accommodate working professionals and internships.

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School Counseling

This program prepares students to successfully address the social responsibility and diverse critical concerns affecting the personal, academic, and career well-being of K-12 students. Receive professional preparation to become certified as a counselor in public and private schools. Rigorous course work is strengthened by practical lab experience in the Community Counseling Services Center.

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Doctorate Degrees

PhD in Counseling

Balancing research with clinical experience at mental health sites, the doctoral program is designed to build your capacity to conduct research, publish, provide clinical services, and teach at the graduate level. Faculty bring world class expertise in trauma, human sexuality, child and adolescent development, grief and loss, substance abuse, multicultural counseling, as well as a deep knowledge of diagnosis, assessments, interventions, and treatment approaches.

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Graduate Certificates

Post-Master's Certificate in Counseling

The 12-credit hour post-masters certificate in counseling is designed to allow students who have obtained a 48-credit master's degree in counseling to gain additional credits necessary for licensure.

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Counseling and Life Transitions

The graduate certificate in Counseling and Life Transitions equips students with a range of skills that can be used to assist the community in coping with various life transitions. Students may choose to focus in one of three concentrations: Career & Workforce Development; Grief, Loss & Life Transition; or Counseling Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Persons.

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Job Development and Job Placement

- On-Campus or Online -

Further develop your counseling abilities to effectively guide and place persons with disabilities into steady employment environments. The curriculum provides you with specialized experiential learning opportunities and can be created to complete a minimum of four courses needed to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor examination or to pursue eligibility criteria for licensure as a professional counselor.

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Why GSEHD at GW?

Access Washington, D.C.

Take advantage of our unique location with access to opportunities with prestigious organizations, government entities, and professional associations. Combine course content with supervised, clinical experience in the metropolitan area.

Expert Faculty

Our esteemed faculty hold leadership positions in national counseling associations and can help you build networks that will last a lifetime.

Gain Credentials

Pursue credentials such as the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential exam, the Licensed Professional Counselor credential (LPC), or the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

 

Our Commitment to Antiracism

Being anti-racist involves the internal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural commitment to confront and eliminate racism that exists in ideals and policies. In critical reflection of our individual and collective responsibilities to dismantle white supremacy and advance anti-oppressive andragogy, the CHD department is committed to anti-racist practices that:

  • Address racism and discrimination directly through explicit discussion and action;
  • Increase awareness of prejudice and confront its effects through the discussion of past and present racism, stereotyping and discrimination in society; 
  • Disrupt and dismantle the systems and structures that codify institutional racism and oppression within the department, the university, and the counseling profession; 
  • Disrupt and dismantle racial power inequities within the department, the university, and the counseling profession; 
  • Deeply challenge and hold all members of the CHD community accountable to advance their own anti-racism praxis; and
  • Ensure the content and delivery of the curricula reflects this focus.

 

You May Be Eligible

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No Application Fees

 


Scholarships Available