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Gain skills to counsel diverse communities

The online Master's in Counseling program prepares you to make a difference in the world, and to build a career doing it.

Are you driven to support and inspire others? Do you want to help them overcome challenges and become stronger individuals? When you enroll in the online Master’s in Counseling program from PennWest, you’ll be ready for a lifetime of service to others.

This 100% online program not only prepares you to make a difference, but to build a career doing it.

The mission of the Counseling Department at PennWest University is to prepare professional counselors who embody ethical and culturally responsive behavior, advocacy and social justice, and a professional identity as a counselor. Students will use these attributes to enhance the well-being of families, groups, couples, and individuals and advocate on behalf of both the counseling profession and those who are served. The faculty at PennWest are a diverse community of counselor educators and art therapists who facilitate students’ development, model appropriate professional behavior, and engage in dynamic teaching, service, leadership, and scholarship. Our students are expected to develop self-awareness, a strong knowledge base, effective counseling skills, and cultural humility to practice ethically and professionally within a diverse society. Consistent with these expectations is the emphasis placed upon graduate student interpersonal effectiveness. This effectiveness includes growth in the dimensions of warmth, empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness with others.

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Nationally Ranked

Rated a Top Program in the Northeast by Best Counseling Degrees and ranked #4 among the 10 Best Deals in Online Master’s in School Counseling.

CAAHEP Accreditation

The Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Art Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education.

PennWest Edinboro was the first art therapy program in the United States to receive CAAHEP accreditation.

CACREP Accreditation

Although California University and Edinboro University were CACREP accredited before the integration on July 1, 2022, we must apply for CACREP accreditation as a new university. We plan to apply to CACREP in January 2023 and hope to have a site visit during the spring semester of 2024.

Only the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling concentrations are CACREP accredited.

Fast Facts

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Number of concentrations in PennWest’s M.S. in Counseling program. Choose the one that suits your interests.

Credits:

Varies by concentration

Format:

100% online

Contact:

Julaine Field
Department Chair, CACREP Liaison, and Associate Professor
jfield@pennwest.edu
814-732-2794

Carolyn Brown Treadon
Program Coordinator for Art Therapy and Assistant Professor
ctreadon@pennwest.edu
814-732-1104

Concentrations

Art Therapy
Clinical Mental Heath Counseling
School Counseling

Core Faculty

Dr. Kevon Bruce
Assistant Professor
204D Butterfield @ Edinboro
814-732-1640
kbruce@pennwest.edu

Dr. Adrienne Dixon-McCullum
Assistant Professor
127 Butterfield @ Edinboro
814-732-1932
amdixon@pennwest.edu

Dr. Grafton Eliason
Professor
312 Building B @ California
724-938-4464
eliason@pennwest.edu

Dr. Julaine E. Field
Department Chair, CACREP Liaison, and Associate Professor
204A Butterfield Hall @ Edinboro
814-732-2794
jfield@pennwest.edu

Dr. Elizabeth Gruber
Campus Lead, Program Coordinator for College Counseling and Student Services and Professor
313 Building B @ California
724-938-1567
gruber@pennwest.edu

Dr. Sheila Lorenzo de la Peña
Undergraduate Coordinator for Art Therapy and Assistant Professor
204B Butterfield Hall @ Edinboro
814-732-1237
slorenzo@pennwest.edu

Dr. Mark Lepore
Program Coordinator for School
Counseling and Professor 128 Harvey @ Clarion
814-393-2474
mlepore@pennwest.edu

Dr. Gabriella Locke
Program Coordinator for Clinical
Rehabilitation and Assistant Professor
Butterfield Hall @ Edinboro
814-732-2421
glocke@pennwest.edu

Dr. Penelope P. Orr
Professor
125 Butterfield Hall @ Edinboro
814-732-1684
porr@pennwest.edu

Dr. Everett Painter
Fieldwork Coordinator and Assistant Professor
126 Butterfield Hall @ Edinboro
814-732-1567
epainter@pennwest.edu

Dr. Carolyn Brown Treadon
Program Coordinator for Art Therapy and Assistant Professor Butterfield Hall @ Edinboro
814-732-1104
ctreadon@pennwest.edu

Dr. Jacqueline A. Walsh
Professor
311 Building B @ California
724-938-4123
walsh@pennwest.edu

Dr. Katherine Wardi-Zonna
Graduate Certificate Coordinator and Associate Professor
120 Butterfield Hall @ Edinboro
814-732-1256
kwardizonna@pennwest.edu

Dr. Jake Wheatley
Program Coordinator for Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Assessment Coordinator, and Assistant Professor
311 Building B @ California
724-938-4874
wheatley@pennwest.edu

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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