The mission of the CHS Community Wellbeing and Support Clinic is to provide accessible and culturally responsive mental health services to the larger ODU community. As a training clinic, we strive to provide dynamic and developmentally appropriate training opportunities for doctoral supervisors, counselor trainees, and human services trainees to promote their professional development in the human services and counseling fields. We believe all people have a right to accessible and high-quality mental healthcare. We aim to strengthen the ODU community through our student-focused and holistic approach to wellness and education.
Deliver accessible, culturally responsive, and high-quality mental health services.
Provide dynamic and developmentally appropriate training opportunities for doctoral site supervisors, counselor trainees, and human services trainees.
Collaborate with faculty, staff, and university programs to promote student well-being through outreach, prevention, and educational efforts.
Establish partnerships with the broader Hampton Roads communities to offer holistic and wraparound care.
Direct university students, faculty, and staff to appropriate services and resources in a time of crisis.
Promote an environment of compassion, respect, and personal and community safety.
We strive to provide culturally responsive and accessible services that encompass and address the unique experiences, needs, and intersecting identities of our clients including: race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender, gender identity, sexual/affectional orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, religion/spirituality, partnership status, language preference, immigration status, and other identities that are central to our mental health.
We believe that holistic mental healthcare addresses the whole person in their pursuit of wellness, and serves as the foundation for personal, relational, educational, and vocational success. We strive to offer personalized services that meet each client's individual needs and circumstances.
We aim to provide an empathic, nonjudgmental environment where clients are closely listened to without bias. This is paramount to clients feeling heard, validated, and supported in addressing their mental health needs.
We strive to provide well-rounded care to our clients and value collaboration with university programs, including but not limited to the Office of Counseling Services, Academic Affairs, the Learning Center, Career Development Services, Office of Educational Accessibility, the Women's Center, and Safe Space as well as the broader Hampton Roads communities.
We aspire to offer high-quality training and supervision to our counselors and human services trainees. We believe this will translate into counseling services that are up-to-date, culturally responsive, measurable, and timely in achieving counseling goals and needs.
We value clients' right to privacy and hold information disclosed within counseling sessions in the highest confidence. Our procedures are in comportment with professional and ethical guidelines established for counselors by the American Counseling Association (ACA), National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), HIPPA, FERPA, and the legal parameters outlined in codes of the State of Virginia.
Ethical Codes & Guidelines
The Code of Ethics from the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals from the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) serve as the primary guidelines for ethical behavior in the CHS Community Wellbeing and Support Clinic. All doctoral site supervisors, counselor trainees, human services trainees and Clinic staff are required to abide and be familiar with these guidelines.
Those who may be interested in reviewing these principles can visit the websites below:
All clients receiving services from the CHS Community Wellbeing and Support Clinic have a right to confidentiality and informed consent as clients. During the initial appointment, clients are presented with an intake packet that will outline our confidentiality agreement.Confidentiality Agreement