The mission of the Department of Counseling at Indiana
University of Pennsylvania is to prepare culturally responsive school
counselors, clinical mental health counselors, and counselor educators/supervisors
who will facilitate holistic client/student improvement through
exemplary individual and group counseling skills and sustained
engagement in career development, assessment, ethical practice,
scholarship, and leadership.
We strive to develop professionals dedicated to wellness,
humanistic ideals, and lifespan development. In addition, we seek to train our
graduates to be critical thinkers who are scientifically minded as well as
advocates for social justice.
The Department of Guidance and Counseling was formed in 1966 with three faculty members. The new master’s program was designed to prepare school counselors. In 1969, the Counseling Services Program was added to the department to respond to students wanting to work in community agencies. In the early 1970s, the department changed its name to Counselor Education, and later became the Department of Counseling in 1996.
Since then, the department has grown to a total of nine faculty members. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CAREP) accreditation was received in July 2008, and continues until October 2024. Both the MEd and MA degree programs are offered in Indiana and the Pittsburgh area (IUP Pittsburgh East).