The UNI Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has an outstanding reputation and received the NCACES Innovative Counselor Education Master's Degree Program Award in 1999. Our program is based on long-standing tradition and is delivered by highly energetic faculty who are extensively involved in research, practice and professional service at the local, state, regional and national levels. 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.

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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.


Our students have the opportunity to work in and be of service to the Cedar Valley, with our practicum students working in the Waterloo School District and Unity Point Health.

Grounded in


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) 273-2814

Darcie Davis-Gage, Ph.D
Division Chair & Program Coordinator of Counseling
Clinical Coordinator of Mental Health Counseling
Associate Professor
Phone: (319) 273-4243
Fax: (319) 273-7096

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The UNI Clinical Mental Health Program:

  • Prepares graduates with knowledge and skills in diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.
  • Exposes students to theory-based counseling models to apply to individuals, groups and families.
  • Emphasizes practical applications of concepts in all coursework.
  • Includes a site-based practicum at the UNI Counseling Center, Wartburg College, or Hawkeye Community College (100 hours).
  • Includes a two-semester internship with a weekly seminar, as well as individual and group supervision by the faculty.

UNI's counseling faculty expect that graduates of this program will:

  • Be highly competent MA counselors
  • Advocate for quality mental health services for clients and families
  • Have a strong knowledge base as well as clinical skills
  • Be sensitive to and knowledgeable about multicultural issues
  • Become accepted as credible mental health professionals
  • Promote counselor accountability with the public and the profession
  • Be psychologically healthy persons who use high levels of self-awareness in their work
  • Adhere to the ethical standards of the profession