First, is the commitment to teaching that is based in a distinctively Christian worldview. Students intensively examine their own worldviews, alternative worldviews, and consider how these foundational issues interact in the counseling experience. We are committed to the integration of theology, psychology, and spirituality. After considering what other professionals in the field have written and said, students are challenged to develop their own personal model of integration. Developing their own model gives each learner the chance to personalize the issues so that they begin on the road to being an integrated person, not simply one who does integrative counseling.
Second, is accessibility. Classes are scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays leaving you great flexibility for other commitments such as family, work and church. Yes, we encourage you to have a personal life while you are in graduate school!
Third, is the commitment to the internship experience. Students in Western's program are required to complete 5 semesters of internship. This large investment of time in the internship experience reinforces Western's focus on practical skills and relevance in learning.
Fourth, faculty are committed to mentoring with their whole lives, not just in the classroom. A student-faculty ratio of 10-1 keeps faculty available for consistent contact with students.