A setting, such as SBU, whereby students are valued, professors are highly credentialed and supportive, and the educational environment is one in which mentoring, teamwork and service to others are appreciated and encouraged, is essential. This type of teaching environment gives students an opportunity to learn and grow, and enhances faculty professional development.
I firmly believe in an Active Learning Approach (Bonwell & Eison, 1991), teaching didactic material and developing course activities and requirements which foster critical thinking, creativity, digestion and application of the didactic material. I believe this to be true in general, and especially for a counselor in training, whose most important tool is him/herself.
Learning in my mind is an interactive process. At this level of study, I also feel that it important and beneficial for graduate students to have exposure to professional role models. I include colleague and community professional class presentations to foster this exposure. We teach what we best need to learn ("Jonathan Livingston Seagull").