Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The UNI Clinical Mental Health Counseling program trains future counselors to diagnose and treat mental health concerns across the lifespan. Our methods are focused in psychopathology, psychopharmacology, assessment and treatment planning, addiction and dual diagnosis from a culturally sensitive perspective.

For many clients, trauma underlies mental health conditions. To help address these underlying concerns, UNI's program interweaves neuro-informed, trauma-sensitive practices throughout our mental health curriculum.

UNI Counseling faculty have been trained in a variety of modalities and approaches, including counseling older adults, integrated behavioral health, expressive art and play therapy, and specialized evidenced-based trauma treatments.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to practice in a variety of mental health and community agencies, including hospitals, clinics, substance abuse agencies, hospice organizations and mental health centers. Many of our recent grads have also chosen to provide wellness, career and life planning counseling and consulting services. These professionals focus on helping clients work to their full potential and thrive in a variety of settings.

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#1 in the Nation

Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program was the first accredited program in the nation. We were also one of the first programs nationally to prepare K-12 and Elementary School Counselors.

Community Focused

UNI Counseling students dedicate a mandatory 700 practicum hours to communities throughout the state of Iowa.

Grounded in Wellness

Our program is grounded in a wellness philosophy and prepares students to work in multidisciplinary teams in the field.

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Counseling Program
235 Latham Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0332

Linda Davis
Secretary II, Counseling
Phone: (319) 273-6414

Darcie Davis-Gage, Ph.D
Division Chair & Program Coordinator of Counseling
Clinical Coordinator of Mental Health Counseling
Associate Professor
Phone: (319) 273-4243