The office of the University Counseling Center contributes to the overall academic mission of the University of Notre Dame within the context of the Division of Student Affairs. Its twofold mission is to provide counseling and psychoeducational services to the students of the University and to provide predoctoral training opportunities for practicum counselors and interns. In providing direct service, the staff is sensitive to the unique characteristics of an intelligent, highly motivated, predominately Catholic student body, while also remaining committed to the practice of psychology as determined by the ethical code of the American Psychological Association and the laws of the State of Indiana.
In providing services, the staff attends to developmental, environmental, and remedial concerns, recognizing that the stress associated with a high pressure academic environment at a critical developmental period often leads to problems which can be alleviated through therapeutic intervention. This may be individual or group counseling, if the intervention is direct service. The staff is also committed to a preventative approach, realizing that interventions include consultation with faculty or staff and teaching life management skills in workshops or classes. In either case, whether working remedially or preventively, the emphasis is on the whole person.
The University Counseling Center values diversity and is committed to creating an environment that recognizes the inherent value and dignity of each person. The staff embraces the University of Notre Dame’s non-discrimination statement and “Spirit of Inclusion" document.