Within my own educational experience, the most impactful professors have been the ones who have encouraged and challenged me to become a critical thinker. When I reflect on my philosophy and pedagogical approach to teaching in counselor education, I first think of what has inspired me as a student. In the classroom, I value a collaborative approach between students and instructor as well as the engagement and use of literature to help develop the critical thinking skills necessary for the profession. I believe that modeling professionalism as a counselor educator is part of the necessary guidance students need and seek along their journey and demonstrate this within my teaching practice.
The students in counseling programs bring a multifaceted array of perspectives on the human experience. Their distinct and unique trajectory, combined with the classroom objectives and goals, offer a wealth of insight and opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate as professional counselors in training. I make every effort to create a constructivist learning environment both on ground and online. One that promotes safety, authenticity and holds students accountable and responsible to their work and their learning process. I believe the classroom to be a vehicle for change and a place where students can maximize their potential personally and professionally.