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Northern Illinois University Counseling Association

Northern Illinois University Counseling Association (NIUCA)

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What is NIUCA? The Northern Illinois University Counseling Association (NIUCA) is a chapter of the Illinois Counseling Association, which is a state branch of the American Counseling Association. This group participates in volunteer, social, and informational meetings to build camaraderie and friendship, while also expanding the mind and understanding of students in the counseling program. It is open to all undergraduate, master's level, and doctoral students who wish to learn more about the field of professional counseling.

NIUCA Mission: To enhance human development throughout the life span and to promote the counseling profession within the northern Illinois region.

Click here to access the NIU Counseling Association Resource page!

NIUCA meetings are held every other Wednesday at 3 p.m. in
Graham Hall Room 423 unless otherwise noted.
*First meeting for Spring 2015 was January 13th.*


Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday,April 25th, 1-4pm Holmes Student Center 506 (in the hotel) Mock Interview Day.

Past events include:

  • Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15: ASIST Training

  • Monday, January 26th, 4-6:30pm Gabel Learning Center Room 01D: Social Media Lecture: Promoting Professionalism & Self-Advocacy

  • Thursday, January 22nd, 5-8pm: NIUCA Fundraiser Night at Culver's in Sycamore NIUCA Flyer

  • Grant writing workshops

  • Mandated reporting

  • Speakers on equine-assisted psychotherapy, ACA conference preparation, crisis counseling in Haiti

  • Practicum and internship question and answer sessions

  • Presentations on play therapy, substance abuse, adventure-based counseling


Social/Volunteer Events:

  • Participation in Challenge Day Events at participating high schools

  • Tailgating, bowling, and group dinners

  • Potluck gatherings for new student orientation

  • Weekly "Blackhawk" lunches

  • Volunteer work at the YMCA Children's Halloween Party

  • Dinner service at St. Leonard's Ministries

  • Holiday parties/festivities

  • Fundraising

  • End of the year celebration recognizing students' accomplishments

  • Participation in NIU's Dialogue on Diversity Program discussing racism, multiculturalism, and diversity

  • NIU Cares Day and Relay for Life

NIUCA is a great way for students to become a part of the NIU community and share with colleagues their ideas, knowledge, and philosophies about counseling.

For more information please contact:

  • NIUCA President: Julia Dombrow at Jdombrow18@gmail.com
  • NIUCA Faculty Advisor: Dr. Charlie Myers at cemyers@niu.edu

NIUCA online

NIUCA on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/groups/NIUCA/
NIUCA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NIUCA1