Department of
Counselor Education


Clinical Counseling Program



The mission of the Clinical Counseling program at Emporia State University is to develop competent, compassionate counselors. Our program is holistic in focus, with an array of courses that expose students to the theoretical, ethical and legal, and multicultural components of the mental health profession. We stress the importance of the counselor-client relationship in coursework and practice. The program is teaching-centered and professors are readily available for students to interact, ask questions, and seek guidance. The program is designed to prepare students for Kansas licensure requirements.

The curriculum is designed to meet national preparation standards. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accrediting body.



The goal of the clinical counseling program at ESU is to actively recruit motivated students from diverse backgrounds who have a high aptitude for ethical and effective careers as leaders in the counseling field.  This program aims to use evidence based practices to prepare lifelong learners who appreciate diverse experiences, practice self-reflection, and promote the wellness of diverse individuals and systems.



The excellence and commitment of the Clinical Counseling program's faculty are reflected in their success as practitioners, scholars, consultants, and teachers.

James Costello, Associate Professor

email VH 306 5791

Brittany Dennis, Assistant Professor

email EC 208 5089

Basil Kessler, Instructor

email EC 252 5220

Katrina Miller, Professor

email EC 252A 5231

Damara Paris, Associate Professor

email EC 222 5668

Coordinator of Practicum
Ceara Shaughnessy, Director of Community Counseling Services

email EC 238 5789