College of Professional Studies

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The Counselor Education program at Purdue University Fort Wayne strives to be a premiere training institution that prepares compassionate, clinically-skilled, research-informed, and self-reflective clinical practitioners. Our multidimensional training philosophy emphasizes mental health over pathology, the value of recognizing developmental themes across the lifespan, and the ability to view individuals as embedded within complex, interactive systems. We believe that an understanding and appreciation of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice are integral to professional practice. We are committed to training professionals who advocate for individual and systemic change from local through global levels.

The School Counseling Track further prepares students to demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of all K-12 students. Counselors from the School Track work as change agents in communities and within schools through direct counseling of students, development of comprehensive school counseling programs, and advocacy for children, families, and the profession in accordance with the Purdue Fort Wayne Counselor Education Mission.

Purdue Fort Wayne School Counseling Track Students and Graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of core counseling knowledge and practical skills necessary for licensure as a school counselor in the state of Indiana.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of, and effectiveness in, working with issues of diversity across social, cultural, racial, sexual, political, moral, and economic contexts in school environments.
  3. Demonstrate effective skills as a scholar-practitioner-educator such as investigating, critiquing, evaluating, and understanding the research base in the field of school counseling, in addition to the ability to assess the effectiveness of school counseling programs and their own work with students and school communities.
  4. Demonstrate a professional counseling identity through an understanding of the foundations of the field, ethics, legal issues, and licensing standards, in addition taking on leadership roles and being vocal advocates for the profession of school counseling and school communities.

Student Testimonial

Jameshia WynnI want to make a difference in the Fort Wayne community, specifically by working with children. Being both a school counselor and an African American, I am able to show young, minority students that they can achieve their dreams. By entering the counseling profession, I hope to: serve as a gatekeeper and a leader, display why wellness and mental health are important (especially to students who believe otherwise), challenge the negative stigma around mental health, and increase cultural competency, empathy, and understanding in our community. Most importantly, I will have the opportunity to use my voice to advocate for those who have become stifled by their own thoughts, societal norms, and systemic short comings.

Jameshia Wynn, School Counseling Graduate Student