Students in the Wake Forest online Master of Arts in Counseling program say the faculty is both knowledgeable and caring, offering a personal touch that can be hard to find in distance learning.
Chris Mundy: The main reason I would recommend this program to a student who’s considering entering the counseling field would be the faculty. They all have all kinds of accolades and have written books and they’re just very, very knowledgeable about the subject, but they’re also very good people. They care about how you’re doing in the program, they’re invested in their students and it comes through when they’re checking in on you even – nothing’s wrong.
Jennifer Rodgers: I think it’s the personal touch, the personal care with which we approach this work. So, all the faculty, we aren’t divided between the on campus and the online program. So, we all teach both on campus and online. So, it’s the same faculty. We really are very, very intentional about approaching our work in the online program with the same care with which we have traditionally approached the on campus program. I think all of us really try to be counselorly in our approach to teaching, so I’m trying to model what I feel are the important qualities of a mental health counselor through my teaching in the online program and my interactions with students.
Aileen Lassiter: With the faculty, everyone has been extremely supportive. Any student who’s interested in this program should know that they’re not alone in this program. Whether they’re in Chicago or right here in Winston Salem or North Carolina, there’s always support. All you have to do is just send your professor an email, a phone call, they make everything available.
Philip Clarke: So, I think having an open mind for prospective students is really important. And also, take advantage of the faculty that we have here. So, we have faculty that have expertise in any student interest. So, if their heart’s call to work with veterans, we have two or more faculty that do research and work with veteran populations. They wanna work with folks with addictions, they have me. There’s professors who have expertise in counseling children and multi-cultural counseling. And so really, you’re interested in it and you’ll have a faculty member that can mentor you in that area.
Amy Willard: They’re engaging, and they’re open and available. They provide a space for students to meet with them, wherever they may be, whatever questions that they might have. I mean there is no wrong question.
Katherine Ziff: What I hope, and I know they take with them is these whole set of skills and the identity of a counselor, an excellent counselor, which we strive to give all the skills and support all the skills that will help them be excellent counselors and they will have that counselor identity and they will have a commitment to furthering their own development through the years of their license here in practice as a counselor. That they will hold to that excellence in continuing development of their counselor identity and practice.