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Department of Counseling & Human Services:Chair's Welcome

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Welcome to the Department of Counseling and Human Services (CHS)! We are excited that you are interested in one of our programs. We have an undergraduate human services program with traditional and online program formats, as well as counseling graduate programs at the master's, educational specialist, and doctoral levels (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 and social service settings. Graduates of this program assist clients in coping successfully with developmental tasks of normal growth and in solving problems caused by personal, social, and environmental stress. Program directors include Ms. Jennifer Simmons for the on-campus program and Dr. Mark Rehfuss for the on-line program.

The graduate program in counseling offer a master's degree in school counseling and in clinical mental health counseling, an educational specialist degree in counseling (30 credits beyond the master's degree), and a Ph.D. in Counseling. The master's degree prepares students to become professional counselors in schools, agencies, and private practice. The Ph.D. prepares student to become faculty members in counselor preparation programs or provide leadership in counseling agencies, organizations, school systems, or private practices. Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott, the graduate program director for the master's program, can be reached at CounselingMasters@odu.edu. Dr. Gulsah Kemer, the graduate program director for the Ph.D. program, can be reached at CounselingPhD@odu.edu. The master's and Ph.D. programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP).

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 additional information, please contact one of the program directors or the department at 757-683-3326. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Ed Neukrug

Chair, Department of Counseling and Human Services