The Counseling & Student Development Center (CSDC) has been accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services since 1981 and our doctoral internship program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1989. The most recent APA site visit occurred in June 2012 and the CSDC doctoral internship program received full accreditation for 7 years.
The Commission on Accreditation can be reached at:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
The mission of the CSDC is to support the academic, emotional, social, and cultural development of students. We value an atmosphere that is welcoming and comfortable for all individuals, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, citizenship, and ability. We embrace diversity and strive to foster and promote awareness, empathy, and cultural competence within a multicultural environment.
As part of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, CSDC is the designated campus mental health center whose primary mission is service to NIU's 21,000 students. CSDC serves the campus community by providing counseling, assessment, crisis response, outreach, consultation, and training. Examples of such services include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, diversity-focused initiatives, liaison relationships, outreach programs, consultation with faculty and staff, and graduate student training.
All CSDC clients are currently enrolled NIU students. The average age of clients is 22, with approximately 55% identifying as female and 45% identifying as students of color. The CSDC also serves an increasing number of non-traditional and veteran students. In keeping with the national trend of university counseling centers treating students with more serious psychological concerns, CSDC serves clients who have received mental health treatment, been prescribed medication, and/or been hospitalized before attending college.
The CSDC professional staff currently consists of 7 licensed counseling or clinical psychologists, 2 doctoral-level counselors, 1 full-time and 1 part-time licensed clinical professional counselor, 1 half-time psychiatrist, and 1 full-time psychiatric nurse practitioner. The training program consists of 3 doctoral interns, 5 practicum students, 1 social work intern, and 1 graduate assistant. Therapeutic orientations of senior staff include interpersonal/relational, psychodynamic, client-centered/humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, multicultural, developmental, and feminist. To view our current staff roster click here. Senior staff are members of national professional organizations and the CSDC is a member of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA), Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services (ACCCCS), and Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD).