University Counseling Service is a vibrant, interdisciplinary, fluid, multiculturally proficient, fun, and creative center actively engaged in the furtherance and betterment of compassionate psychological services, outreach, and training.
We offer a variety of services and opportunities in which staff have a role:
An APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship since 1979 and practicum each semester
Case Management services with a robust, local community provider network
Advises student organizations, including Active Minds, Body Image Eating Disorders Awareness, Heart Workshop, and the UCS Student Advisory Board
Provides counseling in English, Mandarin, and Spanish
We maintain active liaison relationships with multiple cultural communities on campus including students of color, international students, LGBTQ+ students, students of faith, first generation students, students with disabilities, and others.
Why University of Iowa and Iowa City:
On our beautiful campus spanning the Iowa River, our faculty and staff enjoy access to an array of cultural, educational, and recreational activities. We strive to realize the Iowa Promise to become one of the ten most distinguished public universities in the country. There’s a lot to love about the University of Iowa and Iowa City:
We are Iowa’s largest employer and a university with a world-renowned reputation. From the health sciences to the arts, our aim is to provide a diverse and technologically advanced community where all can work and learn together to achieve excellence.
Iowa City is recognized as a “Welcoming City” by Welcoming America, a national network that recognizes and supports locally-driven efforts to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly communities. As of 2019, about 18 percent of Iowa’s 32,000 students are people of color; about 8 percent are international students.
Iowa City is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S. by everyone from Outside Magazine to the American Institute for Economic Research.
Iowa City is one of just 20 UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world, and the only one in the U.S, establishing it as an international destination for creative thinkers.
The University of Iowa is a place for great minds to work, grow, and thrive, and there’s a lot to love about our competitive, comprehensive benefits package. Because we attract a world-class faculty and staff, we know the vital importance of world-class benefits, some of which include:
Health and dental coverage for care at any provider you choose
Time-off benefits for excellent work-life balance, including 24 days paid vacation
Excellent retirement benefits with your choice of two plans, including highly generous employer contributions
University Counseling Service provides staff with enough CE’s each year to meet Iowa licensing requirements, and offers generous professional development funds to staff
I have worked at healthy organizations in the past and the UCS is the healthiest organization I have ever worked for, by far. My colleagues are warm and supportive, and I appreciate the variety within my role; these things keep me excited and engaged and protect against burn out in this stressful field. Benefits are as important to me as salary and we have incredible benefits that promote a healthy work/life balance that I was unable to have at previous jobs. I have children and working at the UCS provides flexibility that allows me to be involved in my children’s lives in the ways I value.
I truly love contributing to the three areas of direct service at UCS – outreach, clinical, and training. That is what led to me entering a career in a university counseling center setting. The aspect about working here that is unique is that I feel my work in diversity, equity, and inclusion is supported, encouraged, and seen by my colleagues at UCS and across the UI campus. I get to use my voice as a biracial (Ottawa, White) woman while promoting social justice and helping students know they matter.
The University of Iowa is the largest employer in the State of Iowa
in the country
Infrastructure, Health Care, Education Lead Iowa to No. 1 Best
public school to admit men and women on an equal basis
Currently enrolled students can call University Counseling Service at 319-335-7294 to schedule an appointment.