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A statement from the Director of Training:

Welcome to the Counseling and Consultation Service training site. I want to thank you for taking an interest in one of our training programs. I know you are in the midst of an important journey and you are looking for a training experience that matches your academic, professional and personal needs. If I can help in your decision-making process, please contact me at  

Thanks again, and I wish you the best in your journey.

Mark Sampson, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Director of Training
President, Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA)


To promote the well-being and academic success of students through access to diverse mental health services and outreach, while providing a multidisciplinary training program.


A center where all served feel welcomed, respected, safe, and helped. A center where students are assisted in reaching their full capacity to learn, love, work, connect, and give as responsible citizens of the world.

To influence the university community through support, advocacy and education/training, as a nurturing environment that: 

  • Respects diversity.
  • Enhances the academic quality of life.
  • Supports emotional, relational and intellectual development of the students served and the mental health professionals trained.


Integrity - Active and consistent commitment to ethical behavior, honesty, and principle.
Wellness - Promoting resilience and optimal well-being through intellectual, spiritual, interpersonal, physical and emotional healing.
Mutual Respect - Recognizing the worth of individuals and their uniqueness, treating others with honor and esteem, and expanding the appreciation of multiple world views and global perspectives.
Empowerment - Encouraging students to make meaning in their lives, pursue growth, overcome barriers, and enhance academic and personal success.
A Life of Learning - Integrating evolving knowledge into practice through training, mentoring, and continuing education for ourselves and those we serve.
Collaboration - Creating positive working relationships and open dialogue with others.
Advocacy - Active support based on student needs to eliminate harm and break down barriers to academic success
Quality Care - Ongoing commitment to excellence in all we do.

Statement on Diversity

The training program at The Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community of interdisciplinary professionals. CCS’s commitment to cultural humility is infused into every aspect of our training program.  We understand the responsibility to recruit and support trainees of diverse identities and backgrounds, and we are committed to building teams that value authenticity, consider all perspectives, take accountability, and challenge us to grow.  We are strongest when we are willing to acknowledge and explore how our intersecting diversity variables impact the ways that we navigate the world, and how the world engages with us.

Commitment to Mentorship

The training program at The Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) is committed to supporting trainees. CCS recognizes the barriers that can be present for trainees within the workplace and commits to reducing these barriers through offering a mentorship program for trainees.  We explicitly acknowledge the systemic inequities that are still present within our society and workplaces.  We are committed toward reducing these inequities for our trainees of marginalized identities. We understand the importance of mentorship and ways in which it can help in providing knowledge, professional development, and networking for trainees. It is with this mentorship program that we strive to offer a culture of learning, support, empowerment, and opportunity for growth and success.   

Model of Professional Training and Philosophy of Training Program

Participants in The Ohio State University's Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) training programs are considered to be an integral part of the staff and are included in all functions of the agency. The mission of the CCS training program is to develop clinicians to provide the highest quality care for Ohio State students. The CCS staff is an energetic, innovative, and multicultural group of people who sustain a level of activity necessary to meet the demands of a large university. Clinical Services, Outreach and Training are given high priorities with room for trainees to pursue projects of particular interest to them. Each training cohort is housed within a larger, comprehensive interdisciplinary mental health training program, committed to the preparation of emerging clinicians for practice within a variety of mental health disciplines.

The primary educational model of the training program at CCS can best be described as a Practitioner/Scholar model of training. This model is based on a program of supervised, sequential, and experiential mental health practices. The foundation of the training program is a belief in the necessity of integrating theory, practice, and research into a supervised experience. The training program is based on a philosophy of experiential learning through supervised professional practice—an experiential "learning by doing" process. Trainees are able to expand and deepen existing skills and develop new therapeutic intervention skills while providing clinical services to clients. In addition to individual counseling, trainees have the opportunity to provide crisis and triage services, co-lead groups and workshops, provide relationship counseling and present outreach programming to the campus community. Supervision of this work allows interns to examine themselves and to reflect and grow from their clinical experiences.

Another philosophical theme woven throughout the training program is an awareness of and appreciation for the rich diversity of humanity. Within the context of personal/professional growth and integration, our training program provides a major emphasis on increasing awareness of the rich multicultural tapestry of human beings comprising our clientele and our staff. Multiple training experiences as well as the day-to-day interaction amongst the diversity of our staff and clients provide opportunities for trainees to examine individual and cultural differences that impact the counseling process. We believe that broadening self-awareness and understanding across these dimensions is vital to expanding professional expertise. While recognizing and respecting appropriate limits to personal self-disclosure, we encourage trainees to increase their understanding of themselves and their clients in the counseling interaction. We also adhere to a commitment of supporting interns in a developmental process of competency acquisition. Self-reflection is an essential ingredient in competency development and is supported in the various training sessions and during supervision.

We hold a genuine respect for our trainees. This belief promotes our emphasis on ongoing formal and informal feedback and evaluation which is reciprocal in nature. We utilize the input from trainees on a regular basis to make improvements and modifications to the program.


Updated 7-11-2024