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Public Invited to Learn About Counseling Programs at Orientation Meeting

FORT MYERS, FL - Current and prospective students interested in Florida Gulf Coast University's mental health counseling or school counseling programs are encouraged to attend the fall orientation meeting and program accreditation celebration 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 in the Margaret S. Sugden Welcome Center.

The Master of Arts in mental health counseling prepares students for licensure as mental health counselors. Graduates work in a variety of community, social service and private arenas.

The Master of Education or Master of Arts program in school counseling prepares students for certification as school counselors. Graduates in school counseling are prepared to work in preK-12 educational settings.

Goals for both programs are reflective of national standards and include the development of professional competence, respect for clients, self-awareness, individual growth, professional identity, an effective professional philosophy and research orientation.

Goals unique to FGCU include accountability, advocacy, technological literacy, professional leadership and field-based learning.

FGCU recently earned national accreditation for both the mental health and the school counseling programs from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (

For more information, contact professor Russell Sabella at (239) 590-7782 or visit the College of Education web site at:

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