Comprehensive Counseling Center Model

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a Comprehensive Counseling Center. We believe that the elements described below are all integral parts of what we do and work together to support our university.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive counseling center. The Comprehensive Counseling Center model was introduced in an article published by Brunner, et al. (2017) in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. The authors assert that college counseling centers do much more than sites that just provide students with psychological counseling. Rather, they suggest that outreach and prevention (psychoeducation and explanation of services), training experiences for students pursuing careers as helping professionals, and providing guidance on managing mental health crises to faculty and staff are integral to responding to the changing landscape of college mental health. Universities across the nation have reported that, like we’ve seen at Illinois, students are presenting at increased rates and severity. As a comprehensive counseling center, we offer several interwoven services that, together, create a community of care for Illinois students, our trainees, faculty and staff, and our overall university community.