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Counseling Services

Welcome to Counseling Services

call for applications - cs Student advisory board

MCLA Counseling Services (CS) is seeking applications for its first Student Advisory Board to support campus-wide mental health initiatives and input into CS programs and services, beginning Fall 2021. CS strives to have a group that is representative of the MCLA student body, so it welcomes students of all ages, classifications, and residential statuses. Additionally, CS wants students who represent a diverse range of identities and affiliations such as athletes, the LGBTQIA+ community, and communities of color. The CS Student Advisory Board will serve as a vital connection between CS and the campus community.

REQUIREMENTS
• Enrolled as an MCLA undergraduate or graduate student.
• Submit an application and agree to participate in an interview.
• Commit to attending bimonthly meetings for the term of one academic year.
• Approach the role with an open mind and willingness to think creatively to provide CS with feedback about services. You do not have to be familiar with CS to participate, but it is important to be open and interested in learning more.
BENEFITS
• Members will become familiar with the operations of CS.
• Members will gain the opportunity to network with other students who are interested in student services.
• Members will obtain valuable skills and experience that will help boost their résumés.
• Members will strengthen their interpersonal skills and their ability to relate with others in a professional setting.
• Members will have exposure to college counseling center professionals and receive mentoring from CS staff members, especially when considering careers in mental health.
EXPECTATIONS
• Attend two meetings per month (estimated 2 hours)
• Assist with developing initiatives to increase student awareness of CS services, programs and activities
• Identify and execute effective methods of student engagement related to mental health awareness
• Conduct standard outreach presentations
• Provide CS with feedback regarding services and presence on the MCLA campus by developing and implementing evaluation
• Market and advertise CS services and activities
BOARD STRUCTURE
• The CS Student Advisory Board is student led and run and will consist of 5 - 8 MCLA students.
• The CS Student Advisory Board will meet biweekly for the fall semester and monthly for spring semester. *subject to change over the course of the academic year.
• The CS Student Advisory Board will meet with the CS Director and other CS staff member as indicated.
• The CS Advisory Board positions will create the board structure in collaboration with the Director.
APPLICATION PROCESS
• Please email letter of interest, resume, and a short essay on “Why Mental Health Awareness in Important on College Campuses” to Heidi Riello, Director of Counseling Services, at Heidi.Riello@mcla.edu.
• Application due March 31, 2021.
• Applicants will be notified of invitation for interview (in April).
• Candidates will be notified of their selection for AY2021-2022 (end of April).

 

Counseling Services Statement Against Racism and Racial Violence

Black Lives Matter. Counseling Services staff stands with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students, staff, faculty, and community members during this time of racist violence, grief and protest.

Racism in the United Stated continues to threaten the lives and safety of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and we each have a responsibility to actively confront and dismantle it. As professionals who oversee the work of healing and empowering students in their struggles, we recognize the importance of taking a stand and offering support by naming and addressing what causes the illness, wounds, and impairment, i.e. systemic racism and white supremacy. We also acknowledge that there is a more sustained and additional need for facilitating the difficult (and often painful) honest examination and self-work around our individual biases in thought and action, and how that impacts our work with students, colleagues, campuses, communities, friends and family. In this way, we affirm our commitment to anti-racism. 

MCLA students in need of support during this time are invited to connect to a counselor by calling the office at 413-662-5331 Monday through Friday between 8:30 am-4:30 pm. For more information on Racial Trauma, click HERE.

Counseling Services Covid-19 Update (spring 2021 Semester)

Counseling Services is offering teletherapy sessions to students living in Massachusetts (due to licensing statutes) whether you've been a client with us before or not. To schedule an appointment, please call 413-662-5331.

Students living outside of Massachusetts can contact your counselor, primary care physician, or health insurance company to be set up with a counselor in your local area.

Students may be seen in-person in very specific cases of emergency, as determined by Counseling Services staff. If you think you are experiencing a psychological emergency during business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-4:30 pm), call the office at 413-662-5331. For after hours emergencies, call the 24-Hour Brien Center Crisis Team at 1-800-252-0227.

MCLA psychiatry services will continue to be available at scheduled appointment times in a virtual format.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services offers a range of services including individual and couples counseling, crisis intervention, psychiatric treatment, consultation to campus community members, and off-campus referrals. Group counseling is available as needs arise. Counseling is confidential and free to all enrolled MCLA students.

Location
Counseling Services is located in the MountainOne Student Wellness Center, 2nd Floor.

Hours of Operation
Counseling Services office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Making an Appointment
Students are seen at Counseling Services by appointment only. To schedule an initial appointment, please come to the office. Please do not use e-mail to make an appointment.

Mailing Address & Contact Information
MCLA Counseling Services
MountainOne Student Wellness Center, 2nd Floor
375 Church Street
North Adams, MA 01247
Tel: 413-662-5331
Fax: 413-662-5588

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