Greetings! Our counseling community combines a long and rich history of training students to become professional counselors and counselor educators with a focus on investigating and addressing contemporary clinical issues. Our mission is to… (more).
Our program was established in 1955 and remains one of the longest continually running counseling programs in the nation. All of our programs (school and mental health counseling at the master’s level and counselor education at the doctoral level) are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).
At the core of our Counseling Program is a commitment to the promotion of an ecological approach to the counseling process. We believe that such a perspective encompasses clients’ familial, social, and vocational networks and considers socio-cultural influences on the presentation of clinical concerns.
In both our clinical and research endeavors, we also concentrate on the relationship between client wellbeing and substance abuse issues. To that end, we partner with the Substance Abuse Counseling program to provide instruction in this area. Additionally, we offer an online graduate certificate program for mental health professionals with masters degrees and above. For UC doctoral students (within and outside of our program area), we offer a specialization in substance abuse counseling.
As a research-intensive university, the University of Cincinnati supports and encourages active an research agenda for faculty. Thus, students are invited to engage in research with faculty at numerous levels. Also, most faculty have research teams that include masters and doctoral students. Our Center for Traumatic Stress Research (CTSR) was established in 2012 and focuses on the relationship between traumatic stress and social marginalization.
The University of Cincinnati is located in an urban setting. Thus, our students have ample opportunity for field placement in school and agency settings with well-trained supervisory staff, many of whom have graduated from our program. Some of the practicum and internship placement sites include: the Cincinnati Public Schools, DECLARE Therapy Center, Inc., Forensic and Mental Health Services, and St. Aloysius Orphanage.