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Vision

The Vision of the Howard University Counseling Services (UCS) is to address and care for the varying psychological needs of Howard’s student body. The main objective of UCS is to ensure that all students have access to the highest quality mental health care available and to understand the importance of addressing the mental health needs of those we serve. It is also our intention to inform the community of additional supportive services offered by UCS through programming and consultation and to continue training graduate level students in psychodynamic and group theories in an effort to facilitate the highest level of care and practice upon graduation.

Our vision for UCS is to be housed in a state of the arts facility, with up to date technical support, staffed with 12 full-time psychologists, one full time or 2 part-time psychiatrists, a research assistant, a testing coordinator and an additional clinical psychologist (specializing in psycho-diagnostic and neuro-psych assessment). These increases to our staff will further enhance our ability to continue to provide:

  • Service delivery – The main objective of UCS is to ensure that any students making use of our center receive the highest quality mental health care available without additional fees. UCS is committed to addressing and caring for the varying psychological needs of HU students, either directly through individual and group psychotherapy services, or through less direct efforts, such as outreach activities and consultations to organizations, departments, and residence halls. With additional staff, daily walk in times could be restored making immediate access to service more assured.
     
  • Training – UCS is an APA-accredited training site for graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology, and has been such for over 30 years. Our objective is to continue training graduate level students in psychodynamic theory and group theory in an effort to facilitate the highest level of care and practice once trainees leave the university setting. UCS is committed to training clinicians who will exemplify clinical competence in working with diverse populations and develop into leaders in the field of clinical competence in the area of diversity.
     
  • Testing – UCS’ objective in regards to testing is to position itself as a valuable resource for standardized testing to both the university community and other area students in need of a place to complete professional exams. Additionally, UCS’ strives to address the mental health evaluative needs (psycho-diagnostic needs) of the university community.
     
  • Outreach – UCS’ objective is to increase campus awareness about the services available to students, but also to reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment such that anyone wanting treatment would feel empowered to seek it, on or off campus.
     
  • Consultation to the university community – UCS’ objective is to help other university departments (faculty, administrators and staff) understand the importance of addressing the mental health needs of the students, as well as how to appropriately respond to these needs. It is also our intention to inform the community of additional supportive services offered by UCS through programming and consultation.
     
  • Research – UCS’ objective is to increase the amount of clinically based research being conducted on Howard’s campus. UCS represents a rich data source in and of itself, and a valuable resource for collaborative efforts with other departments, both in terms of potential subjects and professional expertise for project development and implementation. An associated objective is the continued training of graduate students in the areas of clinically oriented research. Contributions to the literature through publishing data related to service provision, training, and through collaborations with other university departments remains a major objective for UCS.

Our Mission

The Division Student Affairs supports the mission of the University by providing student-centered, high quality programs that promote an appreciation of diversity and foster a strong university community.

 

Address & Phone

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
2400 Sixth Street, Suite 201
Washington, DC 20059

Telephone: 202-806-2100 
Fax: 202-806-9302