College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Program Overview

Student Centered

UNI’s Counseling Program caters to student needs by providing one-on-one advising, intimate class size, and small student-to-faculty ratios. Classes are largely based upon interactive discussion and application of counseling skills. Students gain valuable, hands-on experience through a rigorous practicum and internship with highly skilled and trained professionals currently in the field.

Unique Features

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

  • Our training clinic was recently renovated and expanded to a state of the art facility. We have 6 counseling rooms and one group room all with camera and taping options with interactive technology in the central classroom.

  • In Fall 2007, our program began utilizing the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE), which is used in over 240 universities. Our students continue to have a 98% pass rate for this exam and for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) since implementation.


To cultivate professional counselors who are:

  • Creative, flexible, and innovative
  • Analytical and critical thinkers
  • Able to merge theory and practice
  • Able to integrate technology for the benefit of clients
  • Active agents of change reflected in social justice initiatives
  • Passionate
  • Self-aware and able to genuinely connect with others
  • Have competencies for working with multicultural and diverse populations and are sensitive to the needs of diverse clients
  • Able to demonstrate self-care strategies that promote prolonged wellness
  • Knowledgeable and abreast of current scientific and professional trends


Program Objectives- Student Assessment Outcomes—Measured via Formative and Summative Assessments (Paralleled with the University of Northern Iowa Student Assessment Outcomes)


Student Learning Outcome to be Assessed


Assessment Procedures

CACREP Standards

Students will exhibit familiarity with professional orientation and ethical practices as advocated by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics.

Students will demonstrate an alignment with the professional counseling identity.

Progress Review Evaluation Form


MH [I.A.2, A.3. A.7, B. 1; II.C.9]

SC [I.A.2, A.3, B.1, B.2]

Students will exhibit knowledge of group dynamics, group leadership, group development and apply these concepts in a variety of group types.


Students will demonstrate competency in facilitating groups and command of intervention skills.

Group Evaluation Form

MH [II.D.5]

SC [II.C.5, D.2, D.3]

Students will be able to implement basic and advanced counseling techniques in the framework of helping relationships.


Students will demonstrate command of counseling techniques at the basic and advanced levels.

Professional Counseling Performance Evaluation Form

MH [II.C.1, D.2, F.3]

SC [II.D.1]

Students will show command of counseling theories and how to conceptualize cases from a wellness perspective.

Students will be able to implement the knowledge about counseling theories and conceptualize cases from a wellness perspective.

Professional Counseling Performance Evaluation Form

MH [I.A.5; III.E.3, F.3]

SC [II.C.1; VII.M.4]






Students will provide illustrations of human growth and developmental theories framed in the principles of assessment and appraisal.


Students will demonstrate knowledge of human growth and developmental principles using the principles of assessment and evaluation.

Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)


MH [II.D.3; IV.G.1; VI.L.3]

SC [I.A.6; II.C.3, D.3]

Students will illustrate the importance of multicultural issues in the counseling profession when working with diverse clients.


Students will demonstrate the infusion of multicultural principles in counseling interventions.

Professional Counseling Performance Evaluation Form (Practicum/Internship courses)

MH [II.D.2, D.5; III.E.1, E.2, E.5, F.3; IV.H.1; VI.K.4]

SC [I.A.6; II.D.3; III.E.1, E.4, F.1, F.3]

Students will identify crisis intervention principles and their application in schools and mental health agencies.


Students will be able to integrate the principles of crisis in a variety of case scenarios.

Clinical Mental Health/School Counseling Alumni Program Satisfaction Survey

MH [I.A.9; II.C.6; VI.K.5, L.3]

SC [I.A.7; II.C.6]

Ethical Behavior

Students entering Counseling programs are required to adhere to ethical standards as presented in the ACA Ethical Standards. Any behavior which is deemed unethical will be grounds for dismissal from the program. Copies of the standards can be found online here.

Academic Conduct

Cheating on examinations, submitting work of other students as your own, or plagiarism in any form (i.e., failure to document research according to APA guidelines) will result in penalties ranging from an "F" in the assignment to other measures.