Counseling and School Psychology

Counseling Student Voices



"The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has prepared me to be a caring and supportive counselor in a field that stresses accountability and excellence. The counseling program is solidly based on the best practice that integrates the most current technology combined with innovative ways of assessments and reflective practices. I was received with warm welcome at UWRF, and my professors have made me realize that all people possess the ability to overcome life's challenges and everybody has the capacity to grow and learn."

Ali Kofiro, current graduate student

"Pursuing a degree in counseling has been a challenging task in light of a busy schedule and existing commitments to family and career. The UWRF program is both conveniently located and offers the best fit for my active lifestyle. The curriculum has presented me with a wealth of knowledge and experiences, including courses that are rigorous and current. As my coursework has progressed I have gained a broader understanding of the school counseling profession.  I am pleased that Wisconsin is known as a leader among comprehensive school counseling programs and UWRF stands out among Wisconsin programs. It has provided me with the best foundation possible to become an outstanding, qualified school counselor."

Mary Kadela, 2010 graduate of the UWRF School Counseling Program


"During my two years at UWRF I really enjoyed the various learning opportunities...The variety of experiences provided me with meaningful information that prepared me to roll right into a counseling position... I felt like a valued student and not just a number...I was able to work full time and attend evening classes. I appreciated the variety of course offerings as well as assistance with course planning specific to my individual needs...I learned a ton about the way schools operate, the student and parent perspectives as well as insight from existing school staff. This information was invaluable to me because not only was I prepared to provide school counseling; I was also prepared to work effectively within the k-12 school environment."

Carita Green, 2006 graduate of the UWRF School Counseling Program

"The University of Wisconsin-River Falls not only provided me with the knowledge, but the experience to be a successful school counselor. The counseling program did an excellent job of keeping students up-to-date on all education trends both regionally and nationally. This allowed me to make an easy transition into my current role as a K-12 counselor at the New Auburn School District."

Jerrett Kowalski, 2009 graduate of the School Counseling Program and current School Counselor in New Auburn

Mr. Brian Henning, a PreK-12 Principal in New Auburn, also had this to say about Jarrett... "A good counselor must have a well balance knowledge of the curriculum, and the guidance model. They must be child-centered and able to connect with kids, all while maintaining a professional collaborative personality. It is very clear that Mr. Kowalski has been prepared by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls very well in each of those areas."


"Many days, I would enter the classroom wondering if this was the correct career path for me. Through open dialogue, constructive feedback from both staff and peers and continuous repetition of my skills, my self-doubts and preconceived notions were consistently challenged. But each day, I left class invigorated, eager to begin practicing professionally immediately. This program has revealed that I CAN be a school counselor."

Lucas Riesgraf, 2nd Semester School Counseling Program


Contact Us

Caroline Baker
Counseling Program Director
224 Wyman Education Building

Scott Woitaszewski
School Psychology Program Director
227 Wyman Education Building