ABOUT ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
Student Counseling Services
(SCS) is one of eleven departments within the Division of Student Affairs at
Illinois State University and enjoys strong administrative support from
division administration and from the university at large. SCS is the primary designated counseling service for students and functions as a comprehensive
counseling center for a campus population of just over 20,000 students. The
center prides itself on proactive efforts to create a caring community across
the campus as a whole and has a longstanding reputation for innovation and
excellence in the full range of counseling center functions, including clinical
service delivery, prevention, outreach and training. Many former staff and
trainees of the center have become counseling center directors, training
directors, researchers, and leading experts in the field of college student
Notable features of this
IACS accredited center include a vibrant and growing group therapy program,
highly creative outreach and consultation efforts, and one of the first APA
accredited internship training programs in a counseling center setting. In
addition to the director, the staff includes 20 full and part time
psychologists, social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapists.
Trainees include four psychology doctoral interns and 2-4 psychology externs
each year. There are also three staff assistants and 3-5 graduate assistants
who enhance our efforts in research and outreach programming. For more
information about our center, please visit our website: http://www.counseling.illinoisstate.edu/.
Founded in 1857, Illinois State is a coeducational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study and strongly values individualized attention and a small college experience with large university opportunities. Its 34 academic departments in 6 colleges offer 63 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. The Graduate School coordinates 38 masters, 2 specialist, and 7 doctoral programs. Illinois State University is committed to fostering a small college atmosphere with large university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship and community service. ISU also provides a variety of employee affinity groups to enhance the professional development and personal work/life balance for African American, Latino/a, Asian and Asian American, international women and LGBTQ+ faculty and staff. Illinois State University is located in the growing twin-cities of Bloomington-Normal, with a population of approximately 130,000, and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community offers a wide range of cultural, family and recreational opportunities, four local colleges/universities, a high quality of life, excellent employment opportunities for family members, and easy access to the urban amenities of nearby cities.
The community is home to GROWMARK, Illinois Farm Bureau, State Farm Insurance International Headquarters, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, and Heartland Community College. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. Forbes magazine, in a review of the best places for business, ranked Bloomington-Normal the 15th best place for business out of 168 small metros listed. Bloomington was also recently placed on CNNMoney's list of the 100 Best Places to Live. Expansion Management Magazine rated Bloomington-Normal as one of two metro areas with a five-star quality of life, giving the community high rankings in such areas as standard of living, quality of schools, traffic and commute. Please visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.bloomingtonnormalcvb.org for more information.