Counselor Education


Hello Counselor Education and College Student Personnel Students:

Below you will find an email recently sent to the WIU Community regarding the University's response to COVID-19. Please note, there will be no classes held March 14-20 on either campus. The University will be open, however.

Please know your faculty are working on alternative formats for classes, which are scheduled to resume Sunday March 21. We will update you with more information as we are able. It will be important for you to be checking your email consistently during the next week.

Please take care of yourselves! We look forward to seeing you all again soon. ~~ Dr. Nikels, Dept. Chairperson

Dear University Community,

While there are no probable or confirmed cases of the Coronavirus at Western Illinois University, there are confirmed cases in Illinois. In an effort to keep our University community safe, particularly following Spring Break travel, all University classes are canceled Saturday-Friday, March 14-20. Classes will resume in an alternative format Saturday, March 21, 2020 and will continue in that format until at least April 3, 2020.

Residence Halls: Residence halls will re-open at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 15 as originally scheduled; however, students may choose to remain in their permanent residences until further notice. If students choose to return to their respective residence halls, they must check in via their STARS account when they arrive on campus. Dining services will be available.

University Operations & Faculty/Staff: While classes are canceled next week, the University remains open for regular business. All faculty and staff will resume their normal work schedule the week of March 15. Student employees and graduate assistants should consult with their respective supervisors. Employees and students who feel ill should stay home and contact their health care provider.

University Events: All events on either campus with more than 50 participants that are scheduled between now and April 3, 2020 should be canceled, unless deemed as essential for University operations. We have implemented a mandatory event registration form, which will remain in effect for the remainder of the semester, which can be found at

International & Domestic Travel: We recently canceled all summer study abroad trips and all international business travel for students, faculty and staff through Aug. 1, 2020. All University-affiliated domestic air travel is also restricted until further notice; however, faculty and staff who believe they have an essential reason to travel by air can request a waiver from Executive Director of Risk Management Joe Roselieb. Nonessential travel by bus and train is strongly discouraged. WIU students, faculty and staff are encouraged not to visit areas with high numbers of reported cases within the U.S. If individuals return from high-risk areas in the U.S. or abroad, they could be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Information: There are numerous "what if" scenarios and questions that we may not be able to answer at this time. We are not taking this situation lightly and are working as quickly as possible to make informed decisions to keep our University community safe, while providing a quality academic experience for our students. Individuals with questions can email The latest updates are also posted at and

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we continue to develop plans to protect our University community.


Martin Abraham
Interim President

Career Counseling Workshop 1  Career Counseling Workshop 2


Greece 2021


NCACES/H. Wikoff

 Congratulations to Dr. Haley Wikoff (on the right), an Assistant Professor in our Department!  She was named an ACES Emerging Leader at the October NCACES Conference held in Seattle, Washington.   


On August 7, 2019, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Public Act 101-0220. 
With this new law, the Illinois Basic Skills Test is no longer required for non-teacher certified school counseling students. 
For more information on Bill 
SB 1952   please use the following link:

July 1st, 2019: Today, the CNED faculty are thrilled to announce an expansion of our Department!  
Starting today, the College Student Personnel program joins us, and the Department of Counselor Education and College Student Personnel is born (or reborn??)
In 1969, the College Student Personnel Program (CSP) was developed within the Department of Counselor Education at WIU. In the early 2000's the program moved out of Counselor Education, as we moved our program exclusively to the Quad Cities and they stayed on the main campus in Macomb.
Today, CSP is a dynamic, thriving program on both campuses! Given this time of transitions at the University, the timing seemed ideal for CSP to "come home" to CNED. And we are so excited they have!!
As a student, you will likely notice minimal differences in your CNED experience because of this new(ish) partnership. However, you will see some new faces around campus, as Dr. Tracy Davis, Dr. Laila McCloud and Ms. Jill Bisbee join the Department. 
Dr. Davis' office will be the former CNED adjunct office, so you may see him from time to time. Dr. McCloud and Ms. Bisbee are both based out of Macomb, but hopefully you will get a chance to interact with them as well! Dr. Davis, Dr. McCloud and Ms. Bisbee bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with them and we are looking forward to where this new partnership will take us all!
Please join me in welcoming the CSP faculty, staff and students to the Department of Counselor Education and College Student Personnel!!
Dr. Nikels




SP 2019 CNED Graduates


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!

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!