Counselor Education


Dr. Matthew BeckCNED Students: I am pleased to announce Dr. Matthew Beck's successful defense of his dissertation today in Iowa City! In related news, I'm also pleased to announce that Dr. Beck will be joining the WIU Department of Counselor Education in the fall as a Unit A (tenure track) School Counseling faculty member. Please be sure to congratulate Dr. Beck on his accomplishments when you see him! 

Thank you - Dr. Holly Nikels, Professor and Chair
Department of Counselor Education, WIU-QC

Alicia MeansCONGRATULATIONS to Alicia Means, a graduate  student in  WIU-QC Department of Counselor Education's  Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Alicia's essay, Strengthing Professional Identity Through Wellness Advocacy, earned third place in the entry-level students category of the Leadership Essay Contest co-sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Please click on the following link to view Alicia's winning entry. Alicia, a CNED Graduate Assistant, is a member of WIU-QC's  Chi Sigma Iota Xi  Chapter. Congratulations, Alicia! We're proud of you!  

Dr. Holly Nikels, CNED ChairpersonCongratulations, Dr. Nikels!  We are pleased and honored to announce that Holly Nikels, a professor in the Western Illinois University's Department of Counselor Education, has been named Chair of the Department!  Please click on the link below to read WIU's news release about this exciting event in CNED's leadership!


Hello, CNED graduates! - The Department is starting a project and needs your help! We want to create a "wall of fame" on the bulletin board in the CNED Department. We are asking our graduates (new and old) to send your business cards from your new/current jobs! We want to proudly display all of your accomplishments!

Please let your site supervisor, friends, etc. who also graduated from WIU's Department of Counselor Education know that we would like their cards too!

The address is 3300 River Drive, Rm. 2427, Moline IL 61265, or you can just stop in to say hello and and drop one off then!!  

Thank you! The Department of Counselor Education

Congratulations to our 2016 CNED Graduates!  We're so proud of you!  

May 2016 CNED grads

WIU Department of Counselor Education Graduate students Lauren Isaacson and Alicia Means presented their work at the 2016 Student Research Conference located at WIU-QC on Friday, April 29th, 2016. Two posters were presented covering information on service learning and community impact as well as a research proposal for an inventory on subjective caregiver burden. The students would like to thank Dr. Leslie W. O’Ryan and Dr. Carrie Alexander-Albritton for mentoring and guiding them. Great job students!

Means Isaacson Student Research Conf. April 2016



Change of Address

If you have a change of address, phone number (work, cell, home), or name, remember to let our office know! Please call the Department at 309-762-1876 or by email at It is important that we have correct contact information! Thank you! You must also inform the University of these changes via STARS.

CNED Listserv

This is the main means of communication of important information and updates that directly affect the CNED student. Messages are sent daily which can impact your progress in the Department. 
NOTE: This is a moderated listserv (for current students only) and all communications are approved prior to being published.

ECOM / WIU E-mail Account

This is the email account that ends in All WIU students have an ECOM e-mail available to them – but it must be activated by the student. Please follow the instructions on the GUAVA website to activate your account (Email Options - Guava Activation).

Your WIU e-mail account is the only way Western Illinois University and the Department of Counselor Education will contact you when communicating by e-mail. No personal e-mail accounts will be recognized. Thank you!