Counselor Education


Announcement from Gretchen Sullivan, Assistant Director of the School of Graduate Studies:

In celebration of our 75th year of graduate education at WIU, the School of Graduate Studies and Alumni Programs will be hosting a Western Wednesday event on  March 7 from 5-7 p.m.  at Johnny's Steakhouse in Moline (1300 River Drive).  Full details and registration information can be found at
Light complimentary appetizers while they last and a cash bar.

We are thrilled to announce a partnership between the WIU Department of Counselor Education and the Robert Young Center!
The CNED clinic will serve as a satellite location for Robert Young Center clients to be seen by a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum student, under the supervision of an onsite Robert Young Center licensed staff member. This partnership will allow CMHC students to work in a clinic that was specifically designed for clinical supervision, thus providing a strong foundation for acquiring counseling skills. 
We are very excited about this partnership and think it will be an amazing opportunity for our students, WIU, and the Quad Cities community!

Lauren Isaacson & Alicia Means presented their poster titled, "Web Based Interventions Serving Foster Families" at the 2017 Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference in Naperville, Illinois on November 10th and 11th. The theme of this year's conference was "The Spirit of Creative Counseling". 

Alicia & Lauren


Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Association, and Psych Club are recruiting for the NAMI walk happening September 23rd at 9:30 am starting in Modern Woodman Park in Davenport, Iowa. The WIU-QC student newspaper recently wrote an article about their efforts, which can be found below. If you are interested in signing up to walk with the WIU-QC team, you can register below as well. 

Recruiting for NAMI at the Solar Eclipse Party

Check out the Edge article

Register for the team

 Congratulations to our 2017 CNED Graduates!  
Your hard work has paid off and we're so proud of all you have accomplished!   



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

Congratulations also go out to Dr. Beck for receiving the Albert Hood Emerging Scholar award from the College of Education at University of Iowa where he recently received his Ph.D.!  



Dr. Tiffany Stoner-Harris CONGRATULATIONS to CNED's Dr. Tiffany Stoner-Harris! She was recently honored at the Gathering of Women's 11th Anniversary Tea Party that honored Quad City "Sheroes" - African American Women who make a difference!  We are so proud of her recognition at this event!  





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



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!