What Jason Gamelin ’14 wanted when he looked at master’s-level counseling programs was the real deal. He found exactly that with Johnson’s Master of Arts in Counseling program.
“I spoke to a few counselors in the field about other competing programs, and they spoke very highly of Johnson,” says Gamelin, a mental health counselor at Counseling Connection in Colchester, Vermont. “What I was fortunate to get here was a program that offered me a flexible schedule, excellent professors and a genuine, down-to-earth approach.”
The specialization in clinical mental health counseling that Gamelin chose is one of several focus areas in Johnson’s master’s program.
Among the most valuable aspects of the program for Gamelin were two weekend retreats.
“They really stood out for their content, connection with classmates and future colleagues, and more intimate communication with faculty. Mostly what I valued was the reinforcement of being a genuine, authentic and caring counselor,” he says. “Being able to quote prominent theorists or differentiating between theories, while helpful, is less important than being present with your client and meeting them where they are at.”