James Madison University

School Counseling

Welcome From the Coordinators

We are glad you stopped by to explore the School Counseling Program at James Madison University.  Students in our program are immersed in learning about themselves, their peers, and how to most effectively work with children and adolescents. Entering into the school counseling program provides opportunities for personal growth, making new connections with friends and colleagues, and learning how to best serve the youth in our schools through the profession of School Counseling.

By immersing themselves in our program, students become outstanding counselors,  well-prepared Professional School Counselors, and future leaders for the profession and their school communities. Throughout our program, students learn about national trends in school counseling, practice effective methods for facilitating positive change in students and school communities, and determine how to stay well-informed and personally balanced throughout their careers.

Here in the JMU School Counseling program, you will encounter professors, colleagues, and peers who will work together with you, challenge and support you, and inspire (as well as be inspired by) you. We hope you have a chance to look over our website and welcome you to apply to our program if it seems a good fit for you. Our graduates are vital contributors to the wellness of youth in the role of Professional School Counselor.

Having served as faculty members at JMU since 1999 and 2001, respectively, we can say with enthusiasm that we have a wonderful quality of life, talented and dedicated students, and experiences that help us learn to serve K-12 students in effective, innovative, and integrative ways.

Feel free to contact either one of us with questions after you explore our website.

A. Renee Staton and Michele Kielty