Mission, Training Philosophy and Model



In support of the University of Kentucky’s mission, the Counseling Center promotes the psychological, interpersonal, academic, and vocational development of students, and provides mental health consultation to the campus community. The Center accomplishes its mission through the provision of the following services:
• Counseling
• Workshop and Outreach programs
• Training
• Consultation
• Crisis Intervention


The Counseling Center is grounded in the concern for the student learner as a unique, whole person. Psychological and interpersonal skills enhancement occur not only in the counseling sessions themselves but also in the academic, social, cultural, and recreational environments that encompass the campus community. The UKCC recognizes the value of collaboration with members of the university community in order to achieve our goals and to help these services and members achieve their goals.

Our core values include:​

• social justice and equity
• personal integrity, responsibility, and ethical decision-making
• resilience, emotional maturity, and effective coping skills
• healthy lifestyle choices
• respectful interpersonal relationships
• pursuit of academic, social, career, and life goals
• psychological health as a component of overall well-being 

Diversity Statement

University of Kentucky Counseling Center: Consultation and Psychological Services is committed to addressing systemic racism and oppression and working towards inclusivity and belongingness for everyone in our campus community. Our staff is dedicated to promoting an environment of respect and appreciation for the race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, age, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability, and socioeconomic status of all students. We encourage the utilization of our services by all students, especially those who might be reluctant to seek traditional forms of treatment. To this end, we strive to create an atmosphere of openness, trust, and safety where all attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors can be openly shared and explored.  Because we are products and participants in a racist and oppressive system, we recognize the ongoing nature of this work to educate and challenge ourselves. To this effort, we have regular conversations to confront our biases, missteps and microaggressions and we require staff to engage in continuing education on an ongoing basis around these issues.

Serving a Diverse Public

A fundamental tenet of the ethical provision of psychological services is that psychologists provide services to all clients, regardless of client worldviews, beliefs, values, racial or ethnic background, gender identification, sexual orientation, or other aspects of clients’ identity. We are committed to training all students to be able to meet this ethical standard, and meeting the standard is necessary for successful completion of the training program. We appreciate that, initially, some students may find it challenging to work with clients who hold very different worldviews or conflicting values and beliefs, and we are committed to working in a respectful way with students to develop, over time, the capacity to meet this core ethical standard.

Statement developed with guidance from:

  1. American Psychological Association (APA). 2017. Multicultural Guidelines:  An Ecological Approach to Context, Identity, and Intersectionality
  2. Board of Educational Affairs, 2013.  Preparing Professional Psychologists to Serve a Diverse Public:  A Core Requirement in Doctoral Education and Training
  3. National Association of Social Workers. 2017.  Standards and indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice


Training Philosophy and Model

The Training Program utilizes an Experiential-Developmental-Apprenticeship model and philosophy congruent with the overall mission and values of the Counseling Center. This model views the doctoral intern as an emerging professional seeking to integrate knowledge, skills, and experiential training in their journey from student to new professional psychologist. The internship builds on the experiences the trainee brings from her or his previous graduate coursework, practica, research and other professional applied experiences. The Center’s goal is for the internship to provide a training experience that facilitates the intern’s consolidation of professional identity and emergence as a culturally sensitive, clinically skilled, and ethically grounded psychologist. The model focuses on the developmental nature of intern growth, the importance of mentoring, emphasis on experiential learning, and the integration of scholarly work into practice. An essential component of the UKCC philosophy of training is to prepare the interns to integrate scholarly knowledge, research findings, and critical thinking into clinical practice and decision-making.  We encourage the consumption of scholarly research as well as consultation with supervisors and peers during internship and while moving toward independent licensure.


Policy about Ethical Standards regarding Self-Disclosure by Trainees and Supervisees

In accordance with the APA Ethical Standard 7.04, UKCC does not "require students or supervisees to disclose personal information in course- or program-related activities, either orally or in writing, regarding sexual history, history of abuse and neglect, psychological treatment, and relationships with parents, peers, and spouses or significant others except if (1) the program or training facility has clearly identified this requirement in its admissions and program materials or (2) the information is necessary to evaluate or obtain assistance for students whose personal problems could reasonably be judged to be preventing them from performing their training- or professionally related activities in a competent manner or posing a threat to the students or others."

The UKCC does not require interns to disclose personal information as defined above by the APA.

The counseling center and training program culture is one in which staff and interns typically reflect on their personal responses as is congruent with personal and professional growth with the ultimate goal of better serving clients. These responses and reflections may come from countertransference, resistances to exploring new theoretical orientations and techniques, or from other issues that might arise in the normal development of professional skills and/or professional identity. The UKCC training program works to create an environment of trust and support with colleagues and supervisors who can facilitate safe explorations. We value openness to constructive feedback and offer a good fit for interns who share that value.