Counseling and Human Services

Counseling and Human Services

Our Mission & Philosophy

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Counseling and Human Services at UCCS is to provide excellence in professional preparation of undergraduate, masters and advanced degree-seeking students. Experienced faculty delivers high-quality professional education that leads to transformational change.


The philosophy behind our training programs emphasizes that counselors assist clients and students with life challenges through dynamic, holistic, developmentally appropriate, strength-based interventions which emphasize the creation of healthy coping skills.

Further, through psychoeducational interventions, counselors seek to prevent problems before they are created by helping clients and students foster effective communication, problem-solving and conflict resolutions skills, as well as healthy and adaptive behavioral patterns.


Commitment to Personal Growth

The faculty members within the Department of Counseling and Human Services (DCHS) recognize the importance of human growth and personal development for all people throughout the lifespan. This includes counselors-in-training. A cornerstone of this program is our emphasis on personal growth of our counselors-in-training.

The personality of the counselor and capacity to effectively relate to and “join” with others in the counseling alliance, are instrumental in delivering effective counseling interventions.

Therefore, the curriculum for programs includes significant experiential coursework designed to enhance the self-awareness, adaptability, and continuing personal growth of each student in the counseling program.

Applicants to our program must be committed to their own personal growth as well as their professional and academic development.


Campus Connections
Campus Connections

Campus Connections is a wellness and resiliency-oriented service-learning course that pairs UCCS students and youth from the community in mentor-mentee relationships. Youth are referred through our El Paso County Community partners and are matched with a UCCS student who provides one-on-one therapeutic mentoring throughout the semester.

YouTube video of Trauma-informed Ethical Decision Making roundtable with Dr. Cortny Stark, hosted by Daniel's Fund Ethics Initiative.


YouTube video recording of 5 Things You Need to Know with Dr. Rhonda Williams, hosted by UCCS Alumni and Friends Association.