What is unique about Oregon State's School Counseling program?

Our program replicates many of the best practices being used in other programs such as how to use data to effect change, emphasis on social justice, advocacy for school counseling, etc.  What we'll focus on here are the program’s unique elements.

Students are introduced from day #1 to the understanding known as the Three Principles.  This understanding has been and is being used in a variety of settings including prisons and housing projects to produce profound changes in behavior including significant reductions in A&D use, domestic violence, student suspensions and expulsions.  The Principles are introduced as foundational to:

  • Students’ health and well-being in the program and in the field.
  • Learning and utilizing counseling skills.
  • An approach to address student, staff, and community health and well-being.


The career class is focused on preparing students to develop and implement a college and career readiness program for all students and promotes the understanding that college and career preparation starts in elementary.  Additionally, elements of college and career readiness are embedded in the internship class. 

Students learn about Carol Dweck’s fixed and growth mindset and how to utilize interventions designed to alter students’, parents’, and teachers’ fixed mindsets.

Students learn to use Narrative Counseling to assist clients in deconstructing the disempowering stories they may be telling themselves about who they are and what they can do/be. And then assist these students in constructing more empowering stories about who they can be and what they can do.

Motivation, change, and influence strategies are presented in several of the classes.

Students learn how to use math anxiety reduction strategies.

Students also learn to utilize strategies to promote student self-regulatory behavior.