Online Learning

The clinical mental health counseling program is flexible and 100% online. No on-site visits to Portland are required (though you’re very welcome to visit!).

For some, learning in an online environment is a new experience. At UWS, we strive to make that experience community-driven and free of unnecessary stress. Interactive discussion forums allow students with a diverse array of educational and professional backgrounds to learn from each other, as well as from assigned readings and lectures. In addition, the weekly modular schedule means that students can log on at the times most convenient for them, rather than being required to bend their work and family schedules to meet at a predetermined hour. When students are in practicum and internship, they are required to meet at a weekly predetermined hour for small group online supervision with a faculty member but this time is determined by the group’s scheduling needs.

What is the Online Learning Experience like at UWS?

Skill Development
Classes are conducted in an interactive and dynamic manner, encouraging a high level of interaction with the material presented. It is not a purely “rote-memorization” nor dogmatic style of learning, but rather one that encourages the development of critical and clinical thinking skills.

Instructors moderate conversations in class forums that derive from weekly required postings. Much of the discussion will center on current research articles from PubMed and other online databases that students gain access to once enrolled. For individual time with an instructor, it is also possible to set up Skype calls when email is not sufficient.

Any-time Lecture Access
UWS online programs are global! We have instructors from as far away as Australia and students in countries like Zambia and Taiwan. Because of the varied time zones, all class lectures (including those that are live-streamed), as well as special events like expert guest lectures, are always recorded so that students may access them at a time that is most convenient to their schedule.

To maintain degree integrity, key exams will be proctored by a third-party service called ProctorU to ensure that students are taking exams unassisted.


gloria rendon

The best part about the UWS online format are the resources. It is wonderful to be able to save the articles, videos and web links for later use. Further, the online classrooms offer clear schedules for deadlines, requirements and expectations that are needed for a busy schedule like mine.

-Gloria Rendon, MS, LCAS, CCS, EdD-CMHC, SP Specialization Student






chrissy holm

The online format is extremely accessible to someone with a busy and evolving work environment or lifestyle. I am able to pursue my studies while concurrently pursuing my career and professional sport experiences. I am also connected to others who I would not otherwise be able to learn from due to proximity. To get all of the learners who also work in sport or other performance realms under one roof is logistically impossible, and the online platform allows for the growth and discussion that you would get in a traditional classroom setting.

-Chrissy Holm, EdD-CMHC, SP Specialization Student




marques stevenson

This is a much better online learning environment compared to my previous experience at another institution. No longer am I limited by local connections. I find that my cohorts are from all over the country and bring a wealth of knowledge and world experience to the classroom discussions.

-Marques Stevenson, EdD-SPP Student





nicole blanchette

Humans are capable of extraordinary things. One of the most extraordinary things to witness is the change that one can undergo when they persevere through challenges. I have valuable knowledge and education in each of these domains that allows me to deliver a one of a kind healing experience to clients.

-Nicole Blanchette, MA, MEd, MS-CMHC Student