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Counseling and Psychological Services About Us


WSU Counseling Services operates within the philosophy of Student Affairs which emphasizes helping students become integrated into the total academic, social, and cultural environment of the university.

Counseling Services seeks to promote the intellectual, emotional and social growth and development of WSU students. Central to Counseling Services’ philosophy are value for the worth of every individual and respect for human diversity including (but not limited to) race, sex, age, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, religion, class, philosophy, and culture. In the belief that individuals who are well adjusted personally, socially and psychologically benefit most fully from the offerings of the university environment, Counseling Services staff work to assist students with obstacles that interfere with academic development.

The philosophy of the unit is embodied in the statement “helping students help themselves.” Counselors work to assist students to develop lifelong skills that are essential to achieving and maintaining academic and personal competence. The agency as a whole serves as a resource within the University for promoting student well-being and a positive and supportive environment within which students can live, learn, play and work.

Role and mission

The primary mission of Counseling Services is to assist students with problems and concerns that interfere with normal academic development and persistence toward degree. Through developmental, remedial and preventive programming, students are aided in addressing personal, social, academic and career-related concerns. A comprehensive testing program that helps students with personal, educational and professional planning is maintained.

Also central to the mission of Counseling Services is the training of doctoral interns and advanced graduate students in Psychology. The unit offers supervised training experiences, with an emphasis upon clinical service informed by practice, theory and research.

Goals and objectives

  • To provide timely individual, couple, and group counseling services to students who are experiencing psychological, social, academic or other adjustment difficulties.
  • To provide a comprehensive crisis consultation service for the university community.
  • To provide educational and preventive programs that address developmental, interpersonal, and social issues of particular relevance for a college student population.
  • To provide consultation services to members of the university community to assist them in supporting the intellectual, emotional and physical development of students.
  • To provide testing services for students to assist them with personal, academic, and career decision-making and to administer standardized university and national testing programs.
  • To provide educational and applied training opportunities for graduate students who are developing professional helping skills while providing service to WSU students.
  • To maintain Counseling Services as a predoctoral internship training site accredited by the American Psychological Association.
  • To participate in consultation and in policy and program development that is directed toward enhancing the living and working climate throughout the university.
  • To maintain program evaluation activities to help determine student and university needs, to plan programs, and to modify and measure attained goals.
  • To provide short-term counseling and related services for WSU faculty and staff and referrals for on-going counseling as appropriate.

Laws and ethics (RCW, WAC, APA)

State of Washington

(RCW) The Revised Code of Washington is the compilation of all permanent laws now in force
(WAC) The Washington Administrative Code is the regulations of the executive branch agencies

American Psychological Association

Ethics Code of Conduct