Counseling, Social Work, and Leadership

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Welcome to the Department of Counseling, Social Work and Leadership. CSWL is home to many outstanding programs. We offer Bachelor’s degrees in Human Services and Addictions (BA) and Social Work (BSW), Master’s degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS), School Counseling (MA), and Social Work (MSW), a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.S.), and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.).

 Each program contains highly trained and experienced faculty, excellent advisors, and motivated students who seek quality education. Our programs offer in-depth knowledge based on current research within the profession, along with experiential learning opportunities to apply that knowledge in a practical learning environment.  

Come join us for an outstanding learning experience.


Northern Kentucky University Receives Three-Year Substance Use Training Grant

Northern Kentucky University received nearly $900,000 from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to train students in the health professions in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) of people with substance use disorders. A three-year grant developed by NKU’s Social Work, Counseling and Human Services/Addictions programs and Department of Nursing faculty, The NKU SBIRT Health Professions Student Training Project will train 300 community health professionals to adopt  SBIRT in medical, behavioral health, and social service settings. Partnerships with St. Elizabeth Healthcare, St. Elizabeth Physicians, HealthPoint Family Care, Northern Kentucky Health Department, NorthKey Community Care, Welcome House Northern Kentucky, Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, and Transitions, Inc. will facilitate integration of SBIRT within the regional healthcare system.

CACREP Accreditation

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) informed the NKU community that that we have been granted national accreditation for our graduate programs in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. CACREP is “gold” standard in counseling accreditation. The CACREP Board of Directors met July 9-11, 2015 for the purpose of rendering accreditation decisions.  The School Counseling and the Mental Health Counseling Programs were reviewed under the 2009 CACREP Standards and both programs were accredited through October 31, 2021.  This is a great moment for our College of Education and Human Services and Northern Kentucky University.