• Tuition and Fees


    $50 application fee

    $750 one-time program fee (Covers Tevera and residency costs)

    $150 graduation fee

    $590/credit tuition


  • Mission Statement

    Our mission is to train future counselors to be of service to others, which we view as the cornerstone of the counseling field. Your only prerequisite is the willingness to grow and change. We believe moving beyond tolerance to celebrating diversity is fundamental to your success in this program and as a counselor. You will gain the skills to build relationships that facilitate the process of healing with the ultimate goal of creating sustainable and equitable systems for ourselves, for our families, for our communities, and for the people we serve.

  • Spring 2024 Residency

    Spring 2024 Residency: January 19-21, 2024

    At the beginning of the Fall and Spring academic semesters, graduate counseling students are required to attend an in-person residency on campus at Wesleyan. These events will begin on Friday evening and last throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday (please check the current academic calendar for specific dates). The first residency that students attend will include a new student orientation that is mandatory to begin the program in that semester. Missing the new student orientation would necessitate a student delaying their program start until the following academic semester once they have completed the in-person new student orientation requirement.

  • Program Learning Outcomes


    Develop a professional identity that demonstrates alignment with the counseling profession’s ethical standards, roles, and responsibilities, including advocacy work.


    Acknowledge the impact of systemic oppression by developing a professional counseling identity and practice in which inclusion, choice, and self-empowerment are central components. 


    Apply theoretical models of human development across the breadth and depth of the lifespan from individual, familial, and community attachments to overarching systems of culture and society.


    Develop strategies for career development counseling using theoretical models that are inclusive of developmental, cultural, accessibility gaps, and ethical components of career decision planning and making.


    Demonstrate ethical and evidence-based counseling skills including documentation, treatment planning, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention in the counseling process that support collaborative relationships toward the overall development of a personal model of counseling. 


    Apply theoretical foundations of effective group leadership skills in group counseling and group work including ethical group formation, implementation, and closing.


    Demonstrate ethical selection and application of developmentally and culturally appropriate assessment and diagnosis, along a continuum from risk management to wellness.


    Conduct and evaluate research that uses appropriate qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods to ethically inform and implement best practices of counseling and program evaluation.


    Demonstrate professionalism indicative of a future counselor who is learning to be confident and competent in holding professional boundaries that incorporate their own needs.


    Demonstrate advocacy alongside clients in the systems of care they utilize; such as integrated behavioral healthcare professionals, community stakeholders, and reimbursement providers across the continuum of clinical mental health care.


    Apply systems-level thinking that is grounded in culturally and developmentally appropriate interventions toward the prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance abuse disorders.

Do all the good you can…

With online graduate education that allows you to pursue your degree on your timeline with both full-time and part-time cohort models available:

  • 60-credit Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • 15-credit Addictions Certificate
  • 8-week sessions for a total of 40 weeks of class each year
  • Program Overview

    West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Master of Counseling program strives to train exceptional future counselors. To do so, we have created a core curriculum of 51 required credits that encompass the eight foundational knowledge and skill areas that support a professional counselor identity; professional orientation and ethical practice, social and cultural identities and experiences, lifespan development, career development, counseling practice and relationships, group counseling and group work, assessment and diagnostic processes, and research and program evaluation. Students will then have 9 credits (3 courses) to use toward a specialization or take electives in which they are interested. Courses will be offered in 8-week blocks, with students taking 2 courses per block as a full-time student, or 1 course per block as a part-time student. There are five blocks in total in an academic year (2 per spring and fall semesters, and 1 per summer semester). Students are required to earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in each of the graduate courses before proceeding in the program. A course with an unsatisfactory grade may be repeated only once in the program.


    The 60-credit program is designed to be pursued in an online cohort model, giving students the opportunity to connect more fully with their faculty and peers as they progress through their counselor training. Courses will be delivered in a hybrid format of both synchronous and asynchronous distance learning, with students required to attend approximately 2-3 hours per week of instructional time synchronously. Students are additionally required to attend in-person residencies on campus at Wesleyan prior to the start of each academic term (excluding summer classes). For example, Spring 2024 courses will begin on 1/26/24, and students will be on campus for 2.5 days (1/5/24-1/7/24) for residency. The Counseling curriculum offers two areas of specialization: Clinical Mental Health and Addiction Counseling, which may require additional elective coursework to complete.


  • Meet the Faculty

    Program Director – Dr. Jen Randall Reyes


    B.A. West Virginia University, International Studies, and German

    M.A. The George Washington University, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution Specialization

    M.A. West Virginia University, Community Counseling (CACREP-accredited)

    Ph.D. Regent University, Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP-accredited)


    Dr. Jen Randall Reyes has been working in the field of mental health for 20 years. In the decade she worked as a licensed counselor in the state of West Virginia, her focus has been on advanced training and practice as a trauma counselor. Her career has spanned the foster care system, juvenile justice, community mental health agencies, supervision, private practice, and consultation, including local, state, and federal advocacy efforts. Working in experiential education and adventure therapy settings early in her career eventually led to a new goal of supporting other counselors in training on the journey to find their therapeutic niche. 


    Jen loves teaching, supervision, research, and counseling equally. Yet, social justice and advocacy work remind her consistently why counseling matters. Counseling is not simply reducing symptoms; it is instead a focus on sustaining lasting and valuable changes that promote wellness at the individual, community, and systemic level. She is a storyteller by birth, having grown up in Buckhannon. Jen seeks to share narrative in ways that inspire her staff, students, supervisees, and clients to be agents of change rather than standing on the sidelines of their own lives. 


    Core Counselor Education Faculty – Dr. Ariel Williams


    B.A. University of Michigan, Psychology and Criminal Justice 

    M.A. Johnson State College, Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

    Ph.D. University of Montana, Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP-accredited) 

    Dr. Ariel Williams is an Assistant Professor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and Nationally Certified Counselor.  She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Montana in 2019. Passionate about teaching novice counselors, Ariel strives to create inclusive, challenging, and inspiring classroom experiences.  She believes that strong relationships are at the core of learning, both in the classroom and in the counseling room.  Ariel works to provide students with direct, empathic support during the challenging process of gaining the awareness and skills necessary to be effective professional helpers.  

    Ariel has been providing clinical counseling since 2012 and more recently has pivoted to practicing remotely through a telehealth platform with a holistic model of healing.  While she identifies as a generalist and enjoys the diversity of working with all different kinds of people and presenting concerns, Ariel has a particular interest and training in working with people who have experienced trauma.  Ariel uses her clinical experiences to inform teaching practices and is committed to staying up-to-date and informed by the most current research literature. Ariel’s research interests relate to the experience and process of counseling supervision, creativity in teaching and counseling, and counselor wellness. In her personal life, Ariel enjoys outdoor adventures and caring for her family and menagerie of pets. 


  • Admissions Guidelines

    Application Deadlines: November 1, 2023 (priority deadline) & November 15, 2023 (regular)

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    Admissions guidelines: Application for admission to the program is invited from anyone who holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, regardless of undergraduate major. Prospective students should apply online:  CMHC Application

    1. current curriculum vitae showing relevant work experience;
    2. three completed professional recommendation forms or letters (preferably, two from an employer and one from a professor);
    3. official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (minimum of 3.00 GPA required);
    4. an essay written in APA 7th edition guidelines to the following prompt:
      1. Please describe your interest and understanding of a professional counseling career, including related experience to date.
    5. if a non-native English-speaking student, an official report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); and

    applicants must also participate in an Admissions Day interview that consists of a group and individual interview with counselor education faculty following the review of written application materials. Based on the recommendations of the Counseling Admission Committee and the Counseling Program Director, the Academic Dean will make the final admission decision and notify applicants in writing of those decisions.

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