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Department of Counseling and Human Development Services


The department of counseling and human development services prepares counseling and student affairs professionals for a changing and increasingly complex world. Incorporating a combination of academic, clinical and practical experiences, and the expertise of its faculty, the department maintains its ranking by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top graduate programs. The department has a rich history of service for more than 50 years as a primary state, regional, and national training site for students who pursue careers in counseling and related educational fields. These individuals work in settings as diverse as K-12 schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, clinics, community agencies, prisons, and state/federal government agencies.


  • 402 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 3060

Academic Programs

College Student Affairs Administration

Students learn skills in human development, interpersonal facilitation, group leadership, assessment, and administrative principles. Our graduates become leaders in higher education institutions, putting these skills to use with college students.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer an emphasis from the PhD in Counseling and Student Personnel Services (College Student Affairs Administration) Program:

Counseling Psychology

Counseling psychology is a specialty emphasizing normal and optimal human functioning across the lifespan and a strength-based approach to facilitating change, multiculturalism, and social justice.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer an emphasis from the PhD in Counseling Psychology Program:

Counseling and Student Personnel Services

This program is grounded in a belief that higher education should foster students’ intellectual, psychosocial, and ethical growth. Graduates are experts in understanding and enhancing students’ educational experiences and environments.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer an emphasis from the PhD in Counseling and Student Personnel Services (Gwinnett Campus) Program:

Professional Counseling

Student Resources and Services

Students have the opportunity to actively engage in a program-specific student organization. These organizations provide countless hours of service to the university and the community, foster professional development, and facilitate life-long professional relationships.

Students have received scholarships from the McNair Foundation, Southern Regional Education Board, Gates Foundation, and American Psychological Association.

Faculty and Research

The department has active and dynamic research teams that investigate issues related to underserved, oppressed populations (e.g. LGBTQ, minorities, aging, people with HIV, juvenile offenders, people with disabilities, and victims of sexual assault). Faculty research is highly cited as indicated by the Web of Science and Google scholar. Faculty members and their research have been honored by ACA, APA, ACPA, ASCA, CAS, and NASPA. The faculty is committed to collaborative, interdisciplinary research.

Outreach, Engagement, and Service

The department has many community partnerships with agencies and entities, such as school districts, Georgia Safe Schools Coalition, Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, Hope Haven, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, AIDS Athens, Grady Health Systems of Atlanta, Lee Arrendale State Prison, Athens Technical College, Rutland Academy, Northeast Regional Educational Service Agency (NE GA RESA), Advantage Behavioral Systems, and the Tree House. Students and faculty members also support the community with participation in activities such as Relay for Life, AIDS Walk, and the local MLK Day of Service.

Programs, Services, Events

  • Center for Empowered Youth
    Developing and nurturing academic and social excellence in children and adolescents. We believe that every student should have post-secondary education as an option.

Outreach Units

  • Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation
    The Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation provides professional services for a wide range of interpersonal, behavioral, and educational concerns. We are an independent community mental health facility, which also serves UGA students, faculty and staff.

News & Events

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