Welcome to OCCDHE!

In the mid-1960s, the profession of university counseling was new, and in large measure, undefined. Faced with the struggles of developing their centers, a half-dozen Southern California counseling center directors met in the mountains near Lake Arrowhead to exchange ideas. From that beginning, has grown what is now called the Organization of Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education.

Membership is open to directors from every four-year College and University in California. Currently, the organization has members representing both private and public four year colleges and universities. OCCDHE is the definitive organization for the profession in California. A two meetings per year format has evolved; in the Fall, during odd numbered years directors, counselors, and interns convene at a statewide college and university counseling center conference, and in the Fall, during even numbered years the directors have a meeting, and each Spring, directors meet to discuss issues and affiliate. At both the Fall and Spring meetings directors have the chance to meet with other directors working in their respective caucus: California State University (CSU), University of California, (UC), and Independent Colleges and Universities.

OCCDHE has developed professional guidelines, conducted hundreds of counseling-oriented presentations, represented counseling to varied constituencies, and offered site-visit reviews. Most importantly, it has provided a forum for members to interact, gain support, and discuss issues. Its membership possesses a wealth of consultative wisdom that is freely shared.

We welcome you to OCCDHE in the firm belief that you will find participation professionally and personally rewarding.