Office of Student Life

Counseling and Consultation Service


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


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.

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.

Adjustments to training program in response to Covid-19:
Clinical work (individual/group therapy and assessment) will be a hybrid of telemental health (Zoom) and in person (rare). Personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided for all trainees/staff. Large sign-out rooms are available for in person appointments (if needed) to allow for social distancing. The majority of sessions are provided via zoom from home and trainee offices. Large rooms and PPE are used to accommodate social distancing for interactive assessments. Therapy sessions are recorded with the option of live observation (Supervisor on Zoom with camera turned off).
Trainings are facilitated via Zoom. (Limited Staff members are on site at the time of this posting). When appropriate, large rooms are used for trainings to allow for social distancing. All interns are supported in terms of their individual comfort working on site or from home.

Client demand continues to be high during the pandemic, allowing for sufficient clinical training hours.