About the Community Counseling Training Center

We provide free counseling services to NIU students, faculty and staff, as well as to the DeKalb community. We offer general evaluations and individual/relationship counseling, assisting with relaxation techniques, self-esteem-building skills, communication and relational skills, and other areas. When appropriate, we offer referrals.

Our mission is to provide comprehensive training in counseling and supervising to master's and doctoral students by providing high quality, culturally responsive counseling to our clients.

Our Staff

Our staff consists of administrative staff, professional staff, counseling staff and research assistants. Client care is provided by counselors with support from supervisors.

Our counselors are master's and doctoral counseling students carefully selected by faculty for counseling practice in the center. After at least one practicum counseling contract, master's and doctoral students can apply for intern counselor positions.

Counseling faculty members serve as the primary supervisors of counselors. Faculty supervisors hold doctorates in counselor education and supervision.

About the Counselor Training Program

NIU counseling faculty are committed to preparing multiculturally competent counseling professionals for school, community and higher education settings who can facilitate positive change in the development and interactions of diverse individuals throughout their lifespans.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs has awarded the NIU counseling program with accreditation for specializations in clinical mental health and school counseling in the master's program, as well as counselor education and supervision in the doctoral program.


Counseling sessions are recorded. Video recordings focus on the student and help supervisors provide accurate feedback. We value client confidentiality and take every appropriate precaution when dealing with documents that contain identifying client information. Our counselors and supervisors are professionally and ethically bound to preserve the confidentiality of all personal information revealed by the client in a counseling relationship. The only exception is if a client proves to be at clear and imminent danger of harming themselves or others.

Contact Us

The Community Counseling Training Center
Graham Hall 416
290 North Annie Glidden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115

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