Counseling Graduate Programs

Our Mission

The UC Counseling Program strives for national excellence in implementing an ecological counseling perspective through research and service with diverse populations, emphasizing underserved groups. As this vision is realized through faculty, staff, and student efforts, the program continues a tradition of national leadership.

We offer three programs of study:

Program Characteristics

Our Program encompasses considerable diversity, both in terms of demographics and experience, adding substantial richness to the student body. Students are expected to gain their professional license and certification to become actively involved in service provision, program evaluation, and scholarship to improve the lives of their clients. The Counseling Program faculty is comprised of eight and a half full-time counselor educators, providing a desirable faculty to student ratio. Areas of special faculty expertise reside in ecological approaches to: career development, community counseling, multicultural counseling, trauma/traumatic stress, and chemical dependency.


Studying People and their Environments: Using Science to Help the Underserved

The doctoral program is profiting from infusion of the vision adopted by faculty in 1999 that emphasizes ecological applications of counseling to diverse and underserved populations. In addition, problem-based learning is being utilized among multiple disciplines on the university campus and in community arenas. Graduate students play a key role in leading some of these efforts. Ongoing projects are focused in several areas including: evidence-based practices to improve substance abuse treatment, the relationship between systemic oppression and mental health concerns, assessment of training standards, increased knowledge about effective counseling interventions, particularly with underserved populations, and exploration of ways to improve the lives of persons with special physical and mental health needs in schools and other community settings.


The UC Counseling Program is located in Teachers-Dyer Complex, a historic campus building located on the main campus of UC. Full computer and counseling laboratory facilities are available for student use. The University Library contains a complete collection of scholarly resources in Counseling and allied fields, including the provision for electronic access of materials.

Our History

In 1955, the UC Counseling Program was inaugurated with the hire of Dr. Worth R. Jones as its first faculty member who taught four guidance-related graduate classes. Over the next two decades, the Counseling Program grew slowly with the addition of two additional faculty and an increase in admitted master's and doctoral students. During the mid-1970's, with the augmented interest in college counseling and community agency counseling, the Counseling Program hired two additional faculty members, bringing the total faculty to five. By 1981, the Counseling Program had enveloped the rehabilitation counseling program and added an additional five new counselor educators. At that point, the Counseling Program offered four master's degree program tracks: school, community, student development, and rehabilitation counseling.

Despite the four possible tracks at the master's level, it was becoming clear that the area of highest demand was community counseling with over half of the students enrolled having the intention of working in community mental health agencies or private practice. However, by 1987, the master's degree program tracks were reduced to two: school and community counseling. In 1992, all program areas (master's and doctoral) became accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) and the Counseling Programs Chi Sigma Iota (the international counseling honor society) chapter, Upsilon Chi Chi, was established.

The year, 1999, marked several changes in the Counseling Program. First, the community counseling program was set to be phased out to replace it with a master's degree program in clinical mental health that would allow graduates to be eligible for Ohio state licensure as a professional counselor. Second, the Counseling Program articulated a systemic emphasis within the curriculum on an ecological approach to counseling. In 2001, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) recognized the UC Counseling Program with the Robert Frank Outstanding Counseling Program Award at the annual convention of the American Counseling Association (ACA) in San Antonio, Texas. ACES cited the program for its outstanding faculty and the development of an innovative program vision based upon an ecological approach. Since then, the program has moved to incorporate more emphasis on social justice and advocacy in counseling with the inclusion of more service learning and outreach experiences, at home and abroad. Today, while some of the veteran faculty have retired, outstanding new hires to the Counseling Program have brought an increased focus on clinical research investigation and dissemination as well as service to the profession.

Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion Statement

The Counseling Program at the University of Cincinnati embraces diversity, equity, and advocacy as core values. Thus, we affirm the dignity and worth of all people, emphasizing inclusion, social justice, and mutual acceptance. Operating from an ecological model of wellness, we are committed to developing a climate where students faculty, and staff are encouraged to actively explore and critically evaluate their person and professional attitudes, beliefs, and values adopting an attitude of cultural humility. We strive to create a supportive training environment promoting multicultural awareness, knowledge, skills, and experiences. In all these efforts, we align with UC's Mission and Notice of Non-Discrimination as well as the American Counseling Associations (ACA) Code of Ethics and the ACA divisions and affiliates standards and positions on human rights, in service to our clients, students, and the community at large.

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