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Department of Counseling & Human Services:Chair's Welcome


Welcome to the Department of Counseling and Human Services! Thank you for your interest in our programs. We have an undergraduate human services program with traditional and online program formats, as well as counseling graduate programs (M.S.Ed, Ed.S., Ph.D.) We are proud of our award-winning faculty, students, and programs.

The mission of the department is to prepare human services and counseling professionals to provide supportive, educational, and counseling services in a wide range of settings, including agencies, PK-12 schools, and colleges and universities; to contribute to knowledge in human services and counseling through scholarly contributions of faculty members and students; and to provide service to the human services and counseling professions, the community, and Old Dominion University. The Human Services bachelor's degree program prepares students for entry-level positions in a wide variety of community service settings. Graduates are prepared to assist clients in coping successfully with developmental tasks of normal growth and in solving problems caused by personal, social, and environmental stress. Human service professionals are employed in a wide variety of settings including mental health, mental retardation, substance abuse, aging or gerontology, domestic violence, youth service, correction or criminal justice, health care, recreation or fitness, and vocational rehabilitation. The program director of the Human Services program at the Norfolk Campus and through Teletechnet is Dr. Tammi Milliken, and the program director for the Human Services online program is Dr. Mark Rehfuss. There are 8 full-time faculty assigned to this program.

The counseling graduate programs offer master's degrees that prepare professionals for counseling careers in a variety of settings including colleges, universities, community mental health centers, hospitals, residential treatment programs, rehabilitation agencies, private practices, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. We also offer Ph.D. degrees for counselors who wish to become university faculty members in counseling preparation programs or wish to provide leadership in counseling agencies, organizations, school systems, or private practices. The graduate program director of the Norfolk program track is Dr. Tim Grothaus, and the graduate program director of the distance learning program track is Dr. Chris Wood. There are 14 full-time faculty assigned to this program. All counseling graduate degree programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP): Ph.D. in Counseling, M.S.Ed. in Counseling with three specializations: Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and College Counseling. In addition an Ed.S. degree program is offered. CACREP does not accredit Ed.S. degree programs. The distance learning program track offers two CACREP-accredited specialty areas associated with the M.S.Ed. degree: Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. We are no longer accepting admissions to the distance learning program track.

The CHS faculty are particularly committed to educating students who are dedicated to reducing disparities in society based on race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and other social group memberships. Please enjoy reviewing our website and learning more about our programs. If you need more information please call 757-683-3326 or email Dr. Danica G. Hays or directors of respective programs. Again, welcome!

Dr. Danica G. Hays

Chair, Department of Counseling and Human Services