College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Applied Human Sciences

The counseling program will only be admitting Fall applicants for both School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling to best accommodate student schedules.

 Applications for Fall 2017 are due February 1, 2017

“Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and
groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.”
-American Counseling Association

Greetings and Welcome!

We have exceptional programs here at the University of Northern Iowa offering innovative and cutting edge opportunities to our students. Students in the counseling program can emphasize their study in either Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling. Our graduate programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling have been nationally CACREP accredited since 1990. 

Mission Statement:

The UNI Counseling Program is grounded in a wellness philosophy and is devoted to providing a culturally and developmentally responsive education in which students are encouraged and challenged to be exemplary counselors, innovate practitioners, and active agents of social justice in a diverse world through practical experiences and rigorous academic expectations.


Our goals are 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

The UNI Counseling program strives to generate innovative, knowledgeable, and skillful counselors who will effectively address the challenges of the 21st century.

UNI Graduate Program in Counseling Brochure (PDF)

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.
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.  

If you are looking for a creative, innovative and challenging opportunity to grow personally and professionally into the counselor profession, please contact me for more information.

Dr. Roberto Swazo
Counseling Programs Coordinator
Phone: 319.273.2675