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Counseling Services

Welcome to Counseling Services

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - counseling services student advisory board

Curious about the operations of MCLA Counseling Services? Concerned about college student mental health? Interested in developing the skills necessary to help support the emotional wellness of your peers? MCLA Counseling Services (CS) is currently seeking applications for its Student Advisory Board. The CS Student Advisory Board is entering into its second year and aims to support campus-wide mental health initiatives and offer input into CS programs and services. 

Counseling Services strives to have a group that is representative of the MCLA student body. Students of all ages, classifications, and residential statuses are invited to apply. Additionally, CS welcomes students who represent a diverse range of identities and affiliations, such as athletes, the LGBTQAI+ 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 attend weekly 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 become Wellness Ambassadors, a network of students trained to support the mental health of their peers on campus.
  • 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 resumes.
  • 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.
EXPECTATIONS
  • Attend four meetings per month (estimated 4 hours).
  • Undergo a 6-week peer support skills training course designed to equip students with the skills and information they need to respond effectively when their peers are struggling.
  • Assist with developing initiatives to increase student awareness of CS services, programs and activities.
  • 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.
  • The CS Student Advisory Board will meet weekly. *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.
APPLICATION PROCESS

Please email a cover letter and resume to Heidi Riello, Director of Counseling Services, at Heidi.Riello@mcla.edu. 

Counseling Services Statement Against Racism and Racial Violence

Black Lives Matter. Counseling Services staff stands with our students, staff, faculty, and community members of color during this time of racist violence, grief and protest.

Racism in the United Stated continues to threaten the lives and safety of 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 2022 Semester)

Counseling Services will be open for in-person counseling sessions during the spring 2022 semester. Counseling Services staff is eager to support students and will be offering in-person services to vaccinated students, with teletherapy services continuing to be offered by special request. Unvaccinated students will be offered teletherapy only. To schedule an appointment, students are invited to call Counseling Services at (413) 662-5331 between the hours of 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday, or to email Counseling Services at Marissa.Parker@mcla.edu.

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, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Making an Appointment
Students are seen at Counseling Services by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, students are welcome to call and speak with a member of our staff at (413) 662-5331 between the hours of 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. Students may also email Counseling Services with scheduling or other non-urgent questions at counselingservices@mcla.edu or Marissa.Parker@mcla.edu.

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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